13532146Best way to describe this is that it has potential.  Or had.  I think we’ll have to wait until issue 2 to decide on that one.

Good beginning to a new vampire series set in the DC universe where Batman and even Constantine make a guest appearance. It’s about a vampire ‘hero’ who battles his former mistress (a vampire he created) to save the human race.  She wants to kill them all, he doesn’t.  Natch.

Joined by an old human vampire hunter he saved from death years ago, they embark on their noble quest and pick up a vampire hunting street urchin with waaaaaaay too many issues along the way.  They meet Constantine, join up with Batman when the vampire on a killing spree winds up in Gotham, and all in all it’s a rather interesting and intriguing storyline for the most part.

The only problem is I hate characters who are blinded by so much rage and ignorance they make stupid decisions solely for the purpose of plot advancement.  Case in point: the vampire hero has his head lopped off just as he’s about to win the final battle by the whiny little street urchin girl with dead parent issues.

“Oh, you’re a vampire and you’ve just helped save hundreds of people but hey!  I’m going to kill you because I hate you and I think that your death will end it all here and now, despite the fact that everyone around me says I’m wrong.  And I’m a young, ballsy, angsty teenager so I must be right!”  UGH!  Caught myself trying to rip the damned book in two after that.

So just a lot of technical issues really.  The plot was good, but the execution sucked and there was SO MUCH in the last page or so you’re left feeling more confused than anything else.  It cuts to god knows where, to god knows who screaming in agony, talking about how ‘the father of them all has arisen’ after the death of the vampire hero.

Ummm…what?  Who’s this father?  Why was that one vampire so important?  We had no back story on either protagonist or antagonist vampire, so the fact that one of their deaths is linked to something huge and most likely catastrophic to the universe is totally out of left field and leaves you feeling like you ran face first into a brick wall by the end of the story.

Jury still out till issue two, so read at your own will.

Werewolves, witches, and vampires oh my!  All that and more next time with Into The Woods by Kim Harrison

13459547For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies – who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?
And now, New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison’s beloved, bestselling Hollows series.
The tales her include an original Hollows novella, Million-Dollar Baby, about Trent Kalamack’s secret elven quest in Pale Demon; two original short stories, “Pet Shop Boys” and “Temson Woods,” that explore just what happens when humanity and the supernatural collide; and two novelettes, “Spider Silk” and “Grace,” set in new worlds of imagination and adventure. Into the Woods also contains all of the previously published Hollows short stories – together in one volume for the very first time.
Step into the woods and discover the magic for yourself.