Friday, April 7, 2023

Comics Review: "NIGHT CLUB #4" Brings Its Biggest Dick Out to Play


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. (March 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 #4 opens with Starguard (Danny), Thundercloud (Sam), and Yellowbird (Amy) having to deal with the fallout of their disastrous rescue mission.  Danny is trapped, weak, and without a source of food … and the cops have him cornered.  Sam and Amy aren't better, but maybe Amy can't think a way out of this.

So they need someone to come to their rescue.  But what if a rescue isn't quite a rescue when Laskaras is involved?

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

Writer Mark Millar specializes in a variety of bad-ass and crazy-ass mutha f**ka type characters.  Big Daddy and Hit-Girl of Kick-Ass; Magneto-killing Professor X from Ultimate X-Men; beat-your-wife Henry Pym/Giant-Man of The Ultimates; Nemesis of the Nemesis comic books; the descendants of an evil Earth in Prodigy; and every single character in The Magic Order.

Detective Nick Laskaras, a powerful vampire, is one of Mark's newest “bastard of bastards.”  He is the great darkness at the edges of Night Club – soon to strike at the heart of the narrative.  I'm so scared of him that I was hoping he would stay away for a long time, but he couldn't stay away forever.  After all, this is the fourth issue, so Laskaras returns with a vengeance, swinging the biggest d*ck possible.

Artist Juanan Ramírez and colorist Fabiana Mascolo, a team whose graphics and storytelling stand out from everything else, present Laskaras in all his reptilian and lava-eyed glory.  The art and colors create a sense of anticipation; doom is coming.  And we'll want to back for the fifth issue, dear readers, because the bastard seems ready to be a bastard to three young, dumb vampires.

Night Club is infectious and addictive, a vampire comic book determined to be a new kind of batty.  I am recommending Night Club #4 as I did the previous three 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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