There’s a new comic that’s making waves in the comic book world – and that comic would be Ides of Blood. Written by Stuart C. Paul with art by Christian Duce and cover by Michael Geiger Ides of Blood has caught the attention of nearly every comic site (and vampire site) out there. (Click images for full size)
The year is 44 B.C. Julius Caesar has conquered Transylvania, and vampyres are Rome’s new slave class. But when rich mortals start turning up dead with fang marks on their necks, Valens, a vampyre slave-turned-Roman soldier, plunges into the blood-soaked underworld of Rome to capture the Pluto’s Kiss Killer. If he can prove himself, he’ll earn rank and riches beyond what anyone this side of the Tiber has ever seen! But if he fails, he just might find himself on top of the pile of bodies!
Don’t miss this crimson-red, 6-issue thriller that mixes the undead intrigue of True Blood with the brutal Roman action and political drama of Spartacus from newcomers Stuart C. Paul and Christian Duce!
Like most people, I was a little put off by the synopsis. I couldn’t but help but think that this was yet another lame attempt at cashing in on the current vampire fad. But, after reading nothing but positive reviews I am rethinking that. On top of the reviews, CBR’s interview with Stuart C. Paul helped change my mind.
“It’s clearly historically accurate,” Paul jokingly said about the title. “It’s a bloody spectacle. There’s going to be lots of adventure, action, blood, sex, all those good things you expect from Rome and vampires put together. It’s a version of Rome you’ve never seen, obviously. I’m really trying to create a unique world here and do some twists on the classic Caesar mythology, while bringing in some elements from Bram Stoker and the ‘Dracula’ story.”
What do you guys think? Yay or nay?