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December 12, 2013

BOOM! Studios Reviews: Day Men #2

Day-Men-002-preview-1-7b5deDay Men #2
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer(s): Matt Gagnon & Michael Alan Nelson 
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze & Darrin Moore

The war between the houses of Virgo and Ramses is escalating, which is making things very rough for David. As the Day Man for the Virgo family, his comfort is their least concern as they plot on where he’ll be best utilized next. Having impressed some in the family he’s been given a very delicate task with multiple objectives. However, his problem isn’t only the rival vampire house, but their Day Man, Burner, as well. He’s got one hell of a reputation along with the experience that makes him a very dangerous man.

Ever since the first issue was reviewed on Tales From The Water Cooler I’ve been patiently waiting for this one to hit the shelves. Well, after reading Day Men #2 it can be safely said that the wait was well worth it! In just two issues Gagnon and Nelson weave one of the best vampire based stories to come out in some time, and considering how many there are that’s quite an accomplishment. What makes this so good is the layered plot that gives the reader more than your everyday “vampire vs vampire” story. The characters themselves also have a strong presence, which make both factions enjoyable to read when the story shifts between the two. As far as the dialogue goes, Nelson and Gagnon deliver some great content and even let you know that bacon is better than immortality!

If you were able to read Day Men #1 and see what Stelfreeze is bringing to this series, then you already know how good this issue looks! There isn’t one panel that won’t just “wow” you, whether it’s filled with attack dogs defending a distillery or a Virgo family meeting. Between Stelfreeze’s pencils and Darrin Moore’s colors you will be hard pressed to find a book that looks better than this. The faster paced action scenes flow almost perfectly, and nothing is lost as you move through the carnage. These guys are so consistent that you might just find yourself staring at the pages for some time.

The only drawback with Day Men is that it may not be your standard monthly title as mentioned in the “Blood Work” column of the book. However, if it allows the creative team to consistently deliver this amount of quality work then it’s going to be worth it in the end. Since there will be a bit of time between issues, though, maybe a recap section would help anyone who might not be jumping in at the beginning not feel lost. Other than that just know that when you pick up an issue of Day Men you’re getting your time and money’s worth!

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  1. JeffLake

    This sounds pretty sweet actually. Gonna have to check it out.

    • I was surprised at how much I liked the first issue considering I had just recently made the comment that I was done with vampire stories lol I guess BOOM! had other intentions!

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