Thursday, April 30, 2009

Blood Blade

Sometimes I read books that aren’t comics. I know, it may go against the grain a bit. People assume comic book readers need the pictures to read, because their tiny brains can’t comprehend all the words. In the case of a 3 year old, I would agree. In my case, I tell those people to “eat it”.

Blood Blade is the first in what I hope to be a 600 book series. The author, Marcus Pelegrimas, has created a very cool world, blending vampires, werewolves, and making those creatures his own. First off, I like vampire crap. No, I don’t shop at Hot Topic, wear makeup, and say things like “I become the night, and the night becomes me, for it is now that I shall feed to quench my thirst.” In fact, people who fit that description need a good push down a long flight of stairs. It would be positive for two reasons…

  1. They may get some sense knocked into them on the way down.
  2. It would be funny.

What the hell was I talking about? Oh yeah, vampires. Love ‘em! Werewolves? They creep me out. It’s the whole transformation thing. Pelegrimas captures that creepiness in bone-popping detail, and creates some cool moments visually. That’s what I want to address with this outing: throughout the entire book, I could visualize everything. Some authors bore you with so many details that the characters are bland. Some engage in a dialogue-fest that becomes convoluted. Blood Blade is an excellent balance of action, detail, character development, and butt-kicking.

Positives: Paige and Cole. These two characters have great chemistry, and didn’t annoy me in any way, shape, or form during the story. The action sequences are phenomenal. Mysonik makes you really hate him because he is such an a-hole. The Full Bloods are legit scary.

Negatives: I finished the book. That means it is over, and I have to wait until this fall for the second book. Good news? This is the kind of book I will read again prior to the next book arriving on the shelves.

5 out 5 stars.

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