Review: ‘Vampire Free Style’ by Jenika Ioffreda
Vampire Free Style is a self-published comic series written and illustrated by Jenika Ioffreda. I recently got my hands on the first five issues of this unique comic, a comic that tells a mysterious tale of lost love, old secrets, magic and one odd little cat.
"...A cat who was able to speak with the stars.
A witch who was learning to fly.
An ancient legend.
A Prince who lost his Princess.
An Endless love.”
Jenika’s Vampire Free Style is like no other comic I have read before, the story is rather different than other vampire stories out there, and so is the artwork. Jenika’s art style is fantastic and completely her own, I absolutely adored it, and like every newbie artist, it improved throughout every issue. Jenika definitely earns points for the artwork. However, since there are typos and a few pages that should have had a little more work done to them before going to print, she loses a couple points. With a few touches here and there, the comic could really shine.
As for the story itself, well, as I started reading I was instantly lost, I had absolutely no clue what was going on – a cat that has visions, a witch with his broom, a vampire and his lost memories – lots to figure out. But, as I continued the storytelling improved and by the time I got to the fifth issue I was dying to find out what happens next. The story is incredibly complex and unfortunately it’s difficult to tell a story like that in a comic where dialogue is limited. Luckily, at the beginning of each issue to get a refresher of the story so far, and that helps tons.
Overall I really enjoyed Vampire Free Style, as of issue five there are loads and loads of unanswered questions and I can’t wait to see where the Jenika takes the story. While she may be new to the comic scene, I can see her becoming a huge hit in time.
You can find Jenika Ioffreda HERE at her official website.