Series: Bleed Them Dry
Created by Hiroshi Koizumi
Written by Eliot Rahal
Art by Dike Ruan
Colored by Miguel Muerto
Lettered by ANDWORLD
Published: June 24, 2020
Summary: The year is 3333. Earth is in a state of recovery. Vampires are real, and though far less populous, they thrive alongside humans in the Japanese-engineered mega-city known as Asylum. People have come to understand that some Immortals are good, some are bad, and most navigate the world without incident. There is peace. That is…until now. Someone is brutally murdering vampires. And Detective Harper Halloway has been assigned to the case. To solve it, she’ll have to unearth a much deeper truth: The future of humanity has been edited.
“Ya know, it’s weird…whenever someone finds out about my job, they ask the same questions…Do they bleed like us?”
In the time that I have been writing comic book reviews, I can’t say that I have come across too many stories that are self-described as a Ninja Vampire Tale; thus, it should go without saying that the title of this series piqued my interest more than most of the single-issues and series-debuts that make it to my desk. Thankfully, Bleed Them Dry #1 exceeded my expectations. What starts out as a sort of sci-fi whodunit, Bleed Them Dry #1 quickly evolves into a story of acceptance and coexistence and, of course, vampires and ninjas. As exciting as it would be to simply play vampires and ninjas (going to have to trademark that and turn it into a board game), there’s much more to this story than initially meets the eye.
I’m unsure of where the line between creator and writer is scribed into the sand, but Hiroshi Koizumi and Eliot Rahal have something special on their hands, here, with Bleed Them Dry. Conceptually, there’s a great deal of headroom for depth-of-story and intense action; Bleed Them Dry, as it’s been set up here, in this first issue, looks to be as thought-provoking as it will be hard-hitting.
Dike Ruan’s illustrations are sleek, finely detailed, and perfectly complement Rahal’s script. Early in the book, there’s a sprawling two-page spread of the Asylum (the city-state where this tale takes place) that’s breathtaking and worth staring at.
If any streaming network show runners are looking for the next great comic book series to adapt for the screen, look no further; Bleed Them Dry demands to be read and deserves to be watched…
You had me at, “A Ninja Vampire Tale.” Bleed Them Dry serves as a fine example of an impressive creative concept being executed flawlessly.