Again, coinciding with First Second Books’ Vampire Month, here’s the next in our alphabet of comic book vampires!
Here’s another off-beat vampire (although not as off-beat as Greenberg)
Adam Heller was the star of the 2003 Vertigo mini-series, Blood and Water, by Judd Winick and Tomm Coker. It may have been the last creator-owned work Winick did in comics – I can’t recall for sure.
The basis of the series is that Adam has Hepatitis A, and to make matters worse, he finds out that he has a hepatoma on his liver that will kill him shortly.
It’s at this point that Adam’s best friend of the past five years, Josh, and Josh’s girlfriend, Nicky, reveal that they are vampires and that they want to turn Adam into a vampire too, so he can continue to live (as a vampire, but still).
Adam agrees, and for awhile, there is a lot of good humor to be found in Adam reacting to his new form and powers (this is a guy who has not had sex in years and he now suddenly can).
However, as it turns out, Adam was NOT a normal human, but was actually a sort of special vampire, and as a result of his being “awakened,” a long dormant evil vampire is back and he is ready to kill lot of people to get Adam.
It was a good series, with strong characterization work by Winick, and nice, moody artwork by Tomm Coker.
I dunno if it was collected into a trade paperback. It’s worth giving it a look see if you come across the single issues!