Written by Yasmin Sheikh
Art by Yasmin Sheikh
Published by IDW Publishiing
Release Date: January 13, 2016

Sometimes you can’t find a dress, sometimes you want to lose weight. Other times, you just need a Bat Cat.

The Adventures of Luna the Vampire #1 is bizarre and eccentric. And I love it. I’m a big fan of webcomics and having easily digestible stories, so this series’ debut is right up my alley. This series takes parts of a lot of different genres and puts them together for something slightly dark but lighthearted. I appreciated that the story isn’t overly involved or requires much effort. Sometimes, we need a comic that fulfills a part of us yearning for a quick escape, and Luna the Vampire is it.

It’s been a while since I read a comic written and drawn by the artist, and given the nature of Luna the Vampire, it makes sense why Yasmin Sheikh is our sole creator. Sheikh’s Luna is young, snarky, and odd, a great character to have as a space traversing vampire. The slice of life feel was refreshing. There’s no big threat to handle or plot lines to resolve. Luna just lives her life in her bad-ass spaceship home and she has to figure out what dress to wear or what pet to buy. Sheikh’s art reminds me of animated series like Invader Zim, with the strange bodies and proportions, the dark colors, and the goop. The mix of horror, sci-fi and silly elements in the art take something ordinarily scary and transform it into a fun and lively comedy. Both Sheikh’s writing and art take a departure from what we typically see on comic shelves, something I think is absolutely necessary for diversifying the medium.

If you like out there stories where the sky is the limit on imagination, pick up The Adventures of Luna the Vampire. While this series may not appeal to everyone, it’s a great addition to the sea of issues coming out today. It’s a break from the traditional serial format of comics and makes for a great break or lunchtime read. This series could also be great for kids. Even with witches, zombies, and vampires, nothing is too over the top or graphic and kids may get a kick out of the strange plots and characters.

The Verdict: 8.5/10


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