Monday, May 29, 2023

Comics Review: "NIGHT CLUB #5" Wants You... to Join the Vampire Army


STORY: Mark Millar
ART: Juanan Ramírez
COLORS: Fabiana Mascolo
LETTERS: Clem Robins
COVER: Ben Templesmith
EDITORIAL: Sarah Unwin
28pp, Color, $1.99 U.S. (April 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 #5 opens with Starguard (Danny), Thundercloud (Sam), and Yellowbird (Amy) in a tight spot.  The man who rescued them, the former police Detective Nick Laskaras, is simply Laskaras, and he is holding them as his prisoners.  He is creating an army, and he wants to be their leader – if they join him.  Not that they have much choice, and they must listen to his origin story.

Danny and friends must realize that their superhero days are over.  They must become bloodthirsty murderers, but for whom?  Will it be Laskaras or vampire gang chieftain, Gunner Joe?

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 five issues of Night Club.

Writer Mark Millar and artist Juanan Ramírez are offering big surprises with Night Club #5.  Sure, there is an intriguing origin story, but this series is more than just about biting necks.  Now, we're seeing strife between the (apparently) small number of vampires that currently exist.  So with colorist Fabiana Mascolo and letterer Clem Robins, Millar and Ramírez flip the script for a really excellent read in this penultimate issue.

Night Club is infectious and addictive, a vampire comic book determined to be a new kind of batty.  I am recommending Night Club #5 as I did the previous four 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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