Eve: Vampire Diva #1-3 of 4
Written by Frank J. Laperch
Pencils, inks, and colors by Ash Jackson
Colors by Andre “Good Times” Richardson, Nick Losso
Letters by Dino DePasquale, Shawn DePasquale
Jessica Evelyn Murphy has a lot of problems in her life. Not only is she on the downslide of a once successful music career, she has a taskmaster of a manager who has signed her up for a reality show to chronicle her life. One top of all this, is the fact that she’s a vampire who hunts other nasty creatures of the night, has more taskmaster overseers in the form of a Council (of some sort) and she has to keep her horrific nature from her friends and normal coworkers. She’s got a lot of balls in the air and things only get worse when an ex-boyfriend comes back into the picture. Oh yeah, the ex happens to be a werewolf that she thought she killed years ago. Plus, the always popular demonic evil has decided it’s time to take over the world. All in a day’s work, I guess.
Eve: Vampire Diva is a new four-issue mini from Arcana Comics written by Frank J. Laperch. It’s got kind of an interesting premise, borrowing elements from other stories, namely Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Underworld movies, but adding its own new, modern wrinkles. It’s very much a book of the times, dealing with reality shows and celebrity gossip shows and the like. It’s not necessarily to my tastes; I couldn’t care less about that kind of crap, so it kind of disrupted my enjoyment of the issues. But that doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy it, as the saying goes, your mileage may vary. The script has some good moments and some bad moments, but it’s mostly light, fun entertainment, and doesn’t strive to take itself too seriously. The story is laid out fine, and nothing is really confusing, but there’s a fair bit of clichÃ© plot points, which also make it easier to follow, but not as rewarding.
The art has a nice energy to it, and it really enhances the story. It’s kind of on the cartoony side, but it works for the over the top subject matter. Artist Ash Jackson gets a lot of emotion out of the faces he draws and the cartoon style helps bring out the comic (meaning funny) elements of the plot. There are some problems with the page layout and storytelling, as some pages are just too busy and are poorly designed, causing the story to be harder to read. It’s a traditional problem with new artists and should be worked out with more experience, but it takes the reader out of the book some. The colors do help the art though. They are nice and bright when needed but also set the mood during the darker scenes, but never obscure things, as can often happen with computer coloring. They really add a nice level of professionalism to the book.
In the end, we’ve got a mini here that shows that the creators still have some work to do before they are ready for the big show, but the pieces are there. The dialog could use a little work, the page layout is not what it could be, and like I said, the subject matter might not appeal to everyone, but if you’re looking for something humorous, with some decent action, this makes for a good time.