Title: Vampire The Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth #1
Words: Tim Seeley, Tini Howard, Blake Howard
Art: Devmalya Pramanik, Nathan Gooden
Colors: Addison Duke
Published: August 5, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: From the internationally bestselling World of Darkness universe, Vault brings readers a brand-new VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE comic series, WINTER’S TEETH! When Cecily Baine, a courier for the Twin Cities Camarilla, takes a mysterious young vampire under her wing, she’s dragged into an insidious conspiracy. Will she be able to escape with her unlife and protect her aging, Alzheimer’s afflicted sister, or will she be yet another pawn sacrificed to the Masquerade? Meanwhile, an Anarch coterie investigates a vicious killing.”
The first story in this series of Vampire: The Masquerade is “Winter’s Teeth,” written by Tim Seeley. It begins with a scene emphasizing what happens when someone breaks one of the rules of the Masquerade: swift punishment. The nature of the penalty is dependent on how valuable the criminal is to the local vampire prince. Seeley introduces a fascinating character with conflicting desires.
Cecily Baine is an enforcer and former Anarch and may very much be in the middle of the territorial war that is about to break out. Amidst her desire to maintain her independence she must work for the powers that be and struggle to keep her ailing, still human sister safe, while tempted to turn her into a monster.
The second episode in this issue, “The Anarch Tales, Part 1” is by Tini Howard and Blake Howard. This is a shorter story that reads as more of an introduction to a faction than a full narrative. The last few pages of the comic book are supplements that can be used with the near 30-year-old RPG basis for the comic.
The Bottom Line
Vampire The Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth begins an intriguing political thriller among the blood sucking factions of the Twin Cities. Everybody is a monster, and that’s part of the fun.