Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Drain by C.B. Celbulski and Sana Takeda

Drain, written by C.B. Celbulski and drawn by Sana Takeda, was a comic book series that ran from 2006-2008. It is the story of a female vampire searching for and trying to destroy the vampire that created her. So right off the bat, this book had a lot going against it for me. I am not a fan of vampires unless they are funny or cannon fodder. And I can't stand the whole tortured wah wah wah style vampires either. Plus, the plot is a bit generic. The vampire seeking out their sire has been done to death! So at first glance, this does not seem like my cup o' tea.

BUT, besides those things working against it, Drain turned out to be really good. A very nice change to the story is that the female lead is a lesbian and her sire was at no point a lover. She just wants him dead for killing her family. So there isn't that typical love/hate thing with the sire. There is an element of that here, but not with those two. I don't want to give that away.

Being a sucker for lesbian fiction, that little edge really helped the story along. Also, the writing was very matter of fact about Chinatsu's lesbianness. It wasn't done in an exploitative kind of way.

Now, all that aside, what makes this book truly stand out, is the art. Done by the very talented Sana Takeda, Drain looks more like a series of paintings than it does a comic book. Every panel is vivid and amazing to look at. Sana really made the book. Had the art only been decent, I probably wouldn't have given it a shot. With this, and her work on X-23, Sana has moved up into my top five of favorite artists. Probably ranking right under Jim Lee and Joe Mauderia.

So if you like lesbian vamps, beautiful artwork, and tons of blood, Drain is a great buy. The graphic novel, labeled Vol 1., contains the entire series. As of now, several years later, there isn't a second series.

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