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Review – Vampire the Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth #5 (Vault Comics)

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Vampire the Masquerade: Winter's Teeth #5

Writers: Tim Seeley, Tini Howard & Blake Howard
Artists: Devmalya Pramanik, Nathan Gooden
Colorist: Addison Duke
Letterer: Andworld
Publisher: Vault Comics
Released: December 9th, 2020
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Vampire the Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth #5 wraps up the plot in this final issue, bringing both Winter’s Teeth and The Anarch Tales to conclusion.

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A Dramatic Conclusion for Part One In Vampire the Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth #5

The first plot arc in Vampire the Masquerade Comics comes to an end here, with Vampire the Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth #5. Here the World of Darkness has once again come to life, telling two unique tales of vampires and politics.

As with the rest of this series, it is split into two parts. Unlike the rest, now readers can truly see how the two are connected, as crossovers begin to occur. Winter’s Teeth is the first plot, revolving around Cecily Brine, a Camarilla courier. The second plot is titled The Anarch Tales, and follows a misfit group of vampires.

One thing I can tell you right away; now that the first plot arc is over, I can’t help but hope for more. Here’s hoping the wait won’t be too long!

Winter’s Teeth

Vampire the Masquerade Winter's Teeth #5 (Vault Comics)
Vampire the Masquerade Winter’s Teeth #5 (Vault Comics) Written by Blake Howard, Tini Howard, Tim Seeley. Art by Nathan Gooden Dev Pramanik Colored by
Addison Duke Cover by
Aaron Campbell

The first half of Vampire the Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth #5 starts off right where the previous issue left off. That is to say, the world that Cecily Brine has come to know so well is about to be shaken all over again. She’s a courier for the Camarilla, better known as the Prince’s Boot. Or rather, she was.

Written by Tim Seeley, this is such a compelling plot. It was intriguing all those issues ago, but now it is truly captivating. It took a while to set up the story, for the full depth and complexity of the world to come alive. Now that it has, all I want to do is read more of it. Seeley has done a delightful job of capturing a part of this world.

Devmalya Pramanik (art), Addison Duke (colors), Andworld Design (letters) continued their amazing job of bringing the story to life. Bold colors and harsh lines work in brilliant combination, making the story feel dark, occasionally morbid, and something other than human. In short, it’s absolutely perfect for this series.

The conclusion overlapped slightly with the next story, wrapping up everything that has currently gone wrong. While leaving room for another plot to pick up where this one left off. In case I haven’t made it clear enough: I really hope that happens.

The Anarch Tales

Next in Vampire the Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth #5 is the fifth installment of The Anarch Tales. The first half of this plot has always focused on city life, and the vampires in charge (and those that work for them). That is not the case for this tale though, as it follows a vampire coterie that has seen better days. Probably.

Tini Howard & Blake Howard wrote something really compelling, and shockingly human here. Yes, it follows a group of vampires as they make their way through a mission (that could have gone better), but you can see the remnants of their humanity nonetheless.

The whole story is in striking opposition to the first, even after they both have been tied together. Even as this one concludes, I find myself curious to see how it could carry on in the future.

The artwork was created by Nathan Gooden (art), Addison Duke (colors), and Andworld (letters). All of whom really nailed the run-down look of the characters and their world. Even looking at them is exhausting.

Conclusion

Vampire the Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth #5 may wrap up this current plot and series, but the World of Darkness will always live on. Hopefully, so do these characters and the events that they have found themselves tangled up in.

Either way, this is a series worth checking out, whether you’re a longstanding White Wolf fan, or are simply curious about what the world has to show you.

 

 

 


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