A Vampire’s Tattoo – Review of “DayBlack”

dayblack1-1001 coverFrom time to time we get a chance to review works by up-and-coming artists and writers, to bring to you comics you may not have found at your LCS but may be of interest to you.  One of the latest comics we’ve received is a unique take on the vampire mythos with “DayBlack” by Keef Cross.  This visually stunning tale follows Merce, a former slave who was bitten by a vampire 400 years ago…and who today is a tattoo artist with an interesting twist to his profession.


Merce has found a compromise that keeps him from having to kill his victims, one that takes advantage of the tools of his trade.  That helps his conscience…but his hunger is still very strong.  In fact, it is so strong that it haunts his increasingly strange dreams.  Can he keep up this act?  Will he be discovered?  For that and more you’ll need to read “DayBlack”.

Keef Cross handles both the scripting and the artwork for this series.  The art style is visually stunning, and keeps a consistent standard throughout.  The story is at times a bit heavy on exposition, which slows the pace somewhat. But, there is a lot to establish with this unique take on vampirism, and the story does hold quite a lot of promise.  “DayBlack” #1 is available now through Rosarium Publishing’s website (found at THIS LINK)  in a variety of digital formats, and issue #2 is set to be available in March.  If you’re ready for a truly unique take on vampires, this is a story you should be checking out.

Ed is a long-time comics collector, going back to the days when comics were only 12 cents. He reviews DC titles and a variety of Indie publishers here at TMStash.

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