Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thirty Days of Graphic Novels, Day 30: "Greenberg the Vampire"

I can't say I'm a huge fan of DeMatteis' solo writing; sometimes he tried so hard to be meaningful that he ended up being pseudo-metaphysical and outright goofy.  A little of that is apparent in Greenberg the Vampire, but there's enough characterization and story to make the whole book a worthwhile read.  Greenberg is a successful horror writer whose book has been optioned into a movie.  He finds himself with writer's block as he tries to draft a script for the movie, but even worse, his work has drawn the attention of the biblical demon Lilith, who seduces him and fills his mind with terrible, dark fantasies for him to pour onto the page.  There's also a subplot involving vampires, but it doesn't mesh so well with the plot.  As usual, I'm probably not doing the story justice, but suffice it to say it's nicely written and has excellent painted artwork from Mark Badger.

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