If “I, Vampire” #6 didn’t just have a tease ending, then I have to give Joshua Hale Fialkov credit for providing a nasty little twist into the set-up for this series. Do I think it’s going to stick? Probably not, but I’m more than willing to hope that it will.
After all, it’s not often you see one of the two main characters of a book killed off six months into the series and in what at least (for now) looks like a rather final method. Of course, this is “I, Vampire,” a book where people can change into mist and animal forms and live for thousands of years. In other words, if Fialkov wants to undo this particular death at the end of next month’s “Rise of the Vampires” crossover with “Justice League Dark,” well, I won’t bat an eye.
Aside from the surprise twist, it’s an all right issue. Fialkov defines how long after being turned a vampire has until it’s permanent (and how to undo said turning), an important piece of information for the series. Guest-star Batman has precious little to do here and it feels mostly like a race toward the big death at the end of the issue. The biggest attraction is Andrea Sorrentino’s always-beautiful art, especially the huge drawing of the vampiric horde raging across pages 2 and 3. It’s a mass of limbs and heads but as soon as you focus on any given person you can see that yes, they’re all fully formed bodies. It’s a beautiful looking comic and little moments like the young vampire boy perched on a bench getting zoomed in upon are eye-catching without being flashy. Some of the horde transforming back into humans is also a great moment; it’s not over the top visually but it carries a strong punch as they flip back.
“I, Vampire” #6 advertises itself as a lead-in to “Rise of the Vampires” and that’s exactly what we get here. There’s a wonderful shock moment that probably won’t last and Sorrento’s art for that scene (and indeed the entire book) looks great. As an individual issue, it’s almost pure transition. That’s not a bad thing, but it isn’t (shock moment aside) going to make you sit up and remember the issue overall. Not bad, but not as strong as past installments either.