V Wars #3
Written by Jonathan Maberry
Illustrated by Alan Robinson
Colored by Jay Fotos
Lettered by Robbie Robbins
Covers by Ryan Brown and Kevin Eastman
Release Date: June 18, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
Can one man change the ideals of two warring factions? In IDWâ€™s V Wars #3, written by Jonathan Maberry with illustrations from Alan Robinson, the humans and the vampires continue their bloody onslaught against each other.
Taurus Harper, a soldier whose entire platoon is slaughtered by an anarchist V-Cell, is recruited to the V-8 squad â€“ the elite military force known for taking out vampire threats quickly and efficiently. As Professor Swann gets to know Taurus, he is overwhelmed by the manâ€™s genuine humanity and understanding that not everything about the V-War is black and white; however, Taurus himself may not be all that he seems.
I have to say that this series has been a struggle for me. I have not read the novel that V Wars is adapted from, but since issue one, Iâ€™ve found it difficult to really get into the story. There have been elements â€“ particularly multiple twists â€“ that have kept me around this long, but Iâ€™ve really just been waiting for an issue that would finally grab me, and I was hoping that issue #3 would be the one to do so. While it is a step up from the first two issues, as Maberry brings the plot down to a more personal level within the military faction and includes an unexpected ending, the story still feels bland and contrived.
As always, Robinsonâ€™s art is perfect for this type of story. The characters are distinct, the battles are bloody and brutal, and the bleak cities are darkly beautiful. He especially shines with close-up panels.
I really wanted to like V Wars. The concept seemed fascinating and perhaps the novelization is more believable; unfortunately, I often found myself taking a break after a couple of pages to do something else, while holding out hope that the next issue would be better. I think that issue #3, however, will be my last.