Title: Dark Red #4
Words: Tim Seeley
Published: June 26, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Chip is faced with two options…run like hell from a town he’s lost to Nazi vampires, or team up with a pair of barely sober hicks who hate him in order to rescue the woman he loves. Tough choice.
Victor Varney is gone, but that’s just the start of Chip’s problems. Evie is missing, there’s a horde of vampires headed to town, and there’s a potential vampire gang war about to break out. What happened to Chip’s quiet life in middle America?
If you’ve been reading the series, you’re aware of the heavy political commentary. In Dark Red #4, Tim Seeley moves the political from just below the surface to front and center. What began as the story of a vampire, has morphed into the enduring hatred that persists across generations. Chip’s character–his vampire-ness–then becomes a vessel for readers to better understand the history of ideas and ideologies that transverse time.
While developing these larger ideas, Seeley also writes an action-packed rescue mission style issue. Seeley uses this momentum to drive other parts of the story forward, like details about Cam and Stu and the Order of the Eventide. All-in-all the issue moves Chip’s situation from bad to worse, but in the most interesting ways.
Corin Howell’s art puts more distinction between Chip and the vampires of the Order of the Eventide by dehumanizing the appearance of the other vampires. The broader political commentary helps Seeley develop Chip as a kind of witness to history. Beyond the vampires, though, Howell’s art keeps the reader grounded in the setting, really connecting the reader to Seeley’s script.
Dark Red #4 is another biting issue. Tim Seeley explores the political and supernatural in tandem, crafting a surreal look at our current state of affairs.