Vampire State Building or Bust?! [Gray’s Cozy Nook Review]

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(Available on Amazon)

The newest horror series from the artist of The Walking Dead! Get ready to be bitten from the first full color page… Terry Fisher is a young soldier on the verge of being sent away for active military duty, and is going to meet his friends at the top of the Empire State Building for a farewell party. But suddenly a legion of vampires attacks the skyscraper and massacres its occupants. Hounded in the 102 floors that have become a deadly trap, Terry must take decisive action to save himself and his friends – and the city of New York – before the army of abominations, and the terrible vampire god within, walled in the building since its construction, spill into the city… 

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Hello everyone and welcome to Gray’s Nook where I discuss and review manga, short stories, and novels! In today’s blog, I was graciously allowed a copy of “Vampire State Building” by Ange–Renault & Charlie Adlard from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am a fan of horror, and anything that has a similar feel to 30 Days of Night, as I feel that’s one of the best nightmare fueled movies ever have been created. I digress, Vampire State Building is one of the newer editions to Charlie Adlard’s repertoire of horror madness.

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In this comic, we find ourselves running for our lives with Terry and his ex-girlfriend, Mary, as they fight for their lives to get out of the Empire State Building.

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The Cast:

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The Scoob Crew—I Mean the Vamp Crew…?

From left to right:

Rachel, Will, Gavin, Terry (Main Character), Mary (Main Character, and Ashley (Main Character’s Cousin).

The motley crew above is first introduced to us in the first few pages of the comic, each character reminded me of something out of a horror flick parody. We have Rachel who is the sex-crazed party girl, Will-the only levelheaded guy out of the group, Gavin the arrogant sport’s jock, Mary–the quiet and intuitive girl, and Ashley-the caring and compassionate one.

But Gray… This isn’t really a proper introduction for these characters–are you just being lazy? I wish I were, but there wasn’t much for me to analyze for any of these characters even the two main ones. We are only given bits of bones about each one, as everything actually goes to hell in the first five pages of the story.

However, even though I do mention that the apocalypse comes storming in like a wrecking ball in the first chapter, there’s very little to grasp about these characters and as to why we need to be rooting for them.

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Gabrielle and Jackson

Gabrielle and Jackson

Okay, these two are the only ones who you get an idea of their goals and their thought processes. Gabrielle is a serious woman with a compassionate heart when Jackson enters the same elevator with her. We get a glimpse of their budding love affair and how she only wants what is best for Jackson and his goals.

As for Jackson, we see this strong-willed man who is pursuing his dreams of opening his own business. He is passionate about what he wants to do, but he also makes it known to Gabrielle that he wants her to be his partner in life. To be honest, these two gave me more life than the main characters, even if their segment was smaller then Mary and Terry’s side of things.

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Vampires

Meet the vampires of the comic, these guys are pretty gnarly looking and remind me of the older looks for vampires. Like in Blade and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, these vamps have a distorted and grotesque look to their features. Long extended sharp claws, viper like incisors, blood-red sclera, and the wild Fangoria look about them. They are minions though, they follow the orders of the head honcho below:

 

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Manasta, Antagonist

Meet the Overlord of the Vampires, in the series he is called Manasta, but I got confused if the vampires in this whole series are called Manasta or just him. He isn’t the normal type of vampire as every part of his body actually has a mouth to feed for blood. This vampire… Looks like Nosferatu just with an alien flair to him.

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Gray’s Nook

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t impressed by this comic, and the characters fell flat on giving the readers a reason to like them. Terry who is the main character, there wasn’t much for me to understand or even like about him. The same goes for Mary, and the rest of the crew except for Gabrielle and Jackson. I was deflated about the whole plot and events that occurred as it felt like it was one of those B-Rated action flicks that added the overly atrocious teenage slasher flick tropes.

I do like The Walking Dead series, and I applaud the work of Charlie Adlard in that series itself, however… I do feel this comic was trying a bit too hard at being something different. It felt as if we walked into another version of The Walking Dead, except with vampires and they just added cannon fodder to fill in the gaps of the story.

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As always, thanks for reading, and see you all on the fictional side~!

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