Deep Red volume 1 and 2

Deep Red – The Forgotten Man is the beginning of a horror parable set in President Donald J. Trump’s America where ignorance and fear reign supreme. In Italy it is SaldaPress to bring us the first volume of Deep Redin a hardcover edition whose cover is made by Aaron Campbell.

Then comes the second volume, Deep Red – Urban Decay with which the series comes to an end. The series of Tim Seeley And Corin Howell it closes with a volume in which the blood-based events and struggles for power promptly involve Charles “Chip” Ipswich.

HISTORY

Volume 1

A gas station in Fall’s End, one of those corners of America where four cats and mostly yokels live, factories are closing and unemployment is skyrocketing, while moral corruption leads to constant immobility. This is where Charles Ipswich, aka Chip, works: an apparently ordinary man who in reality has nothing in common. He is in fact a vampire, who has to trudge to work every day to finish his night shift and not end up fried by the sun’s rays at dawn.

Her routine is made up of floors to clean and blood to feed on from her friend Evie. A young, half-Native American girl and Chip’s consenting “meal” due to her illness. Chip’s daily life is upset by the arrival of some vampires, similar to him who consider him the “chosen one” to bring a new order to the United States starting from Fall’s End, one of the epicenters from which to start regaining American sovereignty in the country . How? By vampirizing every white individual and feeding on those who belong to “different” ethnic groups or religions.

Volume 2

In the first volume we left Chip in his small, backward town of Fall’s End. After the adventures of the first volume that we are not going to tell in detail so as not to spoil, Chip returns to his usual life working as a service station attendant. While he is actually in charge of protecting Fall’s End from any external threats. Like the one that he seems to suddenly surface with the appearance of a vampire hunter. Armisticio McCobb, who however intends to warn him: Evie, Chip’s friend by now a vampire who in turn moved to Chicago, is in grave danger because of the Order of the Vespers that welcomed her.

Chip does not linger any longer and leaves for the big city, along with McCobb and a little werewolf, Gatito Negro, who has been orphaned. In fact, in Chicago there is a secret enclave of werewolves, where little Gatito could find hospitality among her likes. But for Chip and McCobb, the encounter with these creatures soon turns into a bloody confrontation, culminating in unexpected revelations that also involve Evie and whoever is plotting in the shadow of the Order of the Vespers.

CONSIDERATIONS

This new point of view on vampires turns out to be very interesting and the story is well managed and articulated. Perfect metaphor to describe the climate of hatred and fear that is spreading more and more in our society and not only in the United States where the story is set. A controversial image of our contemporaneity, a critical eye on what is happening, through a bloody and engaging vampire story.

The physical but above all ideological clash with the neo-Nazis that he had characterized Deep Red – The Forgotten Man, is abandoned in a rather clear and definitive way in the second volume, shifting the attention towards other antagonists: the werewolves and the vampires who plot within the Order of the Vespers. On paper, Rosso Profondo – Degrado Urbano is proactive, he pushes the accelerator when it comes to blows and gashes, and seems to really want to try to give a “hero” ending like what Chip deserves.

Deep Red, especially in the second volume, focuses heavily on blood and violence. Appearance, this, which must be said, does not disappoint. Especially in light of the presence of new players on the pitch. The werewolves, who are not simply wolves as tradition has it, but also alligators, rats, leopards, able to transform themselves at will. They are essentially more like shapeshifters, however their presence in the pages of Deep Red – Urban Decay it is a breath of originality. In the context of the inevitable bloody battles against vampires, it is a guarantee of pure and spectacular action.

The drawings in both volumes are edited by Corin Howell. Personally I find it managed to make the characters well characterized and expressive and the fight scenes are dynamic at the right point. While much more blood would be expected from a horror product, the splatter parts are very beautiful to look at. Even the coloring of Mark Englertcharacterized by the contrast between the black of the night and bright and bright colors, helps to make the graphic part very pleasing to the eye and to keep the reader’s attention high.

Deep Red volume 1 and 2 – Review