“Tall Tales,” Part One. Who is Demus, the first vampire?! How did the Human-Vampire War begin?! And just where in the hell did these vampires come from anyway?
Redneck #25 throws way, way back to the origin of Demus, the first vampire. A quick glance at those preview images will clue you in very quickly. There isn’t a whole lot more I can say about the meat of this one without major spoilers, so…
Donny Cates is extremely conservative with the dialogue in this installment. Aside from those few biblical quotes, there are exactly seven written words. Silent issue? Close enough.
Lisandro Estherren and Dee Cunniffe absolutely destroy this issue. The art team is essentially given the reins to tell the entire story in this chapter. There is no doubt, at any point in these pages, exactly what is happening, and exactly who Demus began life as, some 2,000 years ago. That’s a huge credit to the art team, and shows a lot of trust between all the members of this creative team.
Again, I don’t want to spoil this issue, because there are a couple big pops. This is a huge reveal and I have some thoughts, but in the interest of a spoiler free review, I’ll reserve those until the next chapter drops.
Aside from the obvious fact that vampirism has been tied to that Jesus fella a few times before, as far as I know, this is a fresh take. Well executed, in any case. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.
Redneck #25, Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment, 29 January 2020. Written by Donny Cates, art by Lisandro Estherren, color by Dee Cunniffe, letters by Joe Sabino, edited by Jon Moisan, logo and production design by Andres Juarez, production by Carina Taylor.