Thursday, February 16, 2023

Comics Review: "NIGHT CLUB #3" - Fun and Games for a $1.99 Cover Price


STORY: Mark Millar
ART: Juanan Ramírez
COLORS: Fabiana Mascolo
LETTERS: Clem Robins
COVER: Juanan Ramírez with Fabiana Mascolo
EDITORIAL: Sarah Unwin
28pp, Color, $1.99 U.S. (February 2023)

Rated M / Mature

Night Club created by Mark Millar at Netflix

Night Club is a six-issue miniseries written and created by Mark Millar and drawn by Juanan Ramírez.  An Image Comics publication and a Netflix production, Night Club focuses on a teen boy who is bitten by a vampire and decides to make the best of his new condition.  Colorist Fabiana Mascolo and letterer Clem Robins complete Night Club's creative team.

Night Club introduces 17-year-old Danny Garcia, who had ambitions to gain fame and fortune as a YouTube star with his friends, DJ Sam Huxley and Amy Chen.  Then, after a terrible accident, a vampire bites him, and his life goes awry.  Instead of living like a stereotypical vampire, Danny decides to live “la vida loca” of a superhero.

Night Club #3 opens with an introduction.  Meet Starguard (Danny), Thundercloud (Sam), and Yellowbird (Amy).  They are Night Club, Philadelphia's first and only superhero team.  But playing superhero isn't as easy as comic books make it seem.  Some bad guys will put up a terrific fight, and some vampires don't want the publicity...

THE LOWDOWN:  Netflix/Millarworld sends me PDF review copies of their comic books.  Thus, I was lucky enough to get a review copy of the first three issues of Night Club.

Writer Mark Millar reveals in Night Club #3 that with great power must come great realization.  It was never going to be so simple that Danny and friends could use their vampire powers to become superheroes.  In a sense, they don't know what they don't know.

Millar builds tension, now and going forward, by revealing that Danny and his friends are vulnerable, even to the chance and happenstance of humanity.  Millar, who is exceptionally adept at shocking his readers, now makes it clear to them.  Danny being bitten by a vampire isn't the big surprise; it is merely the first of many surprises, and it may be the most mundane of them.

Artist Juanan Ramírez continues to bring Millar's story to life in a graphical storytelling that has enough energy to light up every corner of this narrative.  Ramirez's art is both stylish and gritty and simultaneously representational and abstract.  Fabiana Mascolo's colors make the story look as if it came out of an old-fashioned four-color comic book, while also looking like what it is at times – bloody vampire horror.

Night Club is infectious and addictive.  I am recommending Night Club #3 as I did the first two issues.  Drink deeply of its fun; this comic book has flavors in layers and waves.  And it only costs a $1.99.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Mark Millar and of vampire comic books will want to be bitten by Night Club.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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