Red, mutant vampire, ex-Strontium Dog and bounty hunter, cryogenically
froze herself at the end of the 24th Century. A thousand years
later, she wakes to discovered a changed universe - a universe
where mutants are hunted down and exterminated by a terrifying,
oppressive religious culture, and Durham herself is worshipped
as a mutant goddess. Now Durham Red must make her way to the
area of space known as "The Vermin Stars", to make
contact with the mysterious underground mutant terrorist organisation,
the Tenebrae. But will they play ball? Or will she need to
get her teeth into them?...
impression of The
Vermin Stars is extremely positive. Rebellion
want to make sure that when you pick this collection up it
screams: "Take me home!" And it does.
put aside the slightly sexist content (you know, semi-nude
babes wandering around for no good reason) and look at the
reproduction job that has been performed here. This screams
quality from every page. The cover is a work of art (quite
literally) and the artwork for this collection is breathtaking
enough sucking up to Rebellion's publisher, what is the content
like? If you haven't read a Durham Red story before,
the best way to describe her is as a mutant, vampire bounty
hunter - sort of a female Johnny Alpha with fangs. She takes
no crap and is quite prepared to bite off more than she can
chew. She would certainly give Buffy a run for her money.
humour in this collection is also something that is the hallmark
of a good British comic book - and there is plenty here. Thankfully
this collection never takes itself too seriously.
only slight moan I have, as hinted at earlier, is that some
of the content is a little on the sexist side. Yes, the female
form is beautiful, but do we really need it thrust down our
throats like a Frank Frazetta Dungeons & Dragons painting?
said that, sex sells - and it's not as though there are that
many panels that are of this nature.
collection looks great, reads well and is worth picking up
and having a quick flick through. Although, you'd better have
the cash on you because once you pick this up you won't want
to put it down.
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