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I, Vampire, Vol. 1: Tainted Love

(I, Vampire #1-6)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,294 ratings  ·  115 reviews
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As a part of the DC Comics - The New 52 event of September 2011, I, Vampire is reborn in this new ongoing series!
For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now that truce has reached a bloody end and
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by DC Comics (first published September 7th 2012)
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3.5 stars

So, this was one of those New 52 titles that I've always wanted to read, but it was somewhat obscure and my library didn't have it at the time.


Fast forward and here I am finding it on the shelf while I'm searching for something else.
Very exciting! <--for me
Was it worth the wait?


I don't know. A lot of my folks thought it was crap, but I kind of enjoyed myself. Now, I'm not very familiar with Andrew Bennett as a character, but I did know he existed. So, whether or not this is a good
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bloodsuckers, comics, blog
I, Vampire is part of DC's The New 52 and is a relaunch of the storyline that ran in the 1980's. I know nothing about the original series, so you'll find no complaints here about how this updated version matches up against the original because I have no idea. What you will find is a heap load of thanks to DC Comics for reclaiming the vampire from a swooning tween audience. Between I, Vampire and American Vampire (published by DC's Vertigo), vampires that hack, slash, bite, and kill have been ...more
I only read this because it has a crossover with Justice League Dark. I appreciate that the art was very different and darker from any other DC series since people are getting limbs and heads lopped off left and right, but that's pretty much the only positive I can think of, (though don't go into this thinking the interior looks as good as the covers because it doesn't come anywhere close.) I didn't care about the characters, and the whole "I'm a good vampire but I love a vampire who's evil and ...more
I, like many people it seems, only read this because it's a tie-in with Justice League Dark. And also because Constantine was in issue 4, but really just for a few pages and it definitely wasn't worth reading the entire volume for. I see that this series apparently continues to crossover with JLD in future volumes but I think I'm probably going to just skip it and hope it's not important because this is just so uninspired.

The main character is a 'good' vampire that hunts other vampires so I
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This series is definitely for fans of Gothic vampire stories. Andrew is the reluctant monster, a morally good vampire fighting the dark aspect of his nature and using the power it gives him to do good. There is no question of his power and his determination, and the force of his love. Yet, his fatal flaw is his love for Mary, self-titled the Queen of Blood. She embraces all the darkness that becoming a vampire has created in her, and wants her vampire species to rise up and decimate humanity, ...more
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The book definitely ends on a cliffhanger, but I enjoyed the tension created through both the dialogue and the amazing art. Oddly enough, the cover art doesn't seem like the same comic as the spectacular images within. Looking forward to the next edition.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
**spoilers appear toward the end of my review - don't read if you want to avoid**

Cool. The story of the "good vampire" fighting and killing his evil counterparts is certainly not a new one, but is told well here with appropriately moody artwork by Andrea Sorrentino. I'm not sure how well this vampire story fits into the regular DC Universe. The Batman guest appearance feels a bit gratuitous. The cameo by Constantine fits much better, but feels kind of pointless. Maybe one or both of these things
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, yesyesyes, this is just raving mad, "bloody" genius stuff right here!! :)

From the moment I started reading this, I almost knew for sure I was going to like this.. a lot... and I did..
Read it front to back in like 15 minutes :-P

For me this has everything.. Vampires, werewolves, nice dark atmosphere and looots of brutal action...
And the appearances of Constantine and Batman made it even better..

Oeh, also :
Andrea Sorrentino is my new favorite artist!!! Just look at it.. This is fantastic
Tony Laplume
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just read a bad vampire book. No, not this one. This one, it gets what good storytelling is. Good storytelling allows you to fall into it, lose yourself in the logic of the story. Bad storytelling, well...

But, this is a good one. A graphic novel, sure, the first of three collections from Joshua Hale Fialkov, one of the most fascinating comic book writers working today, but still mostly undiscovered. His breakthrough work was Elk's Run , a small press effort from a decade ago. Like I, Vampire
You can find the full review over at the Founding Fields:

This is part of the TFF comics roundup, dated November 1st.

And finally, I get to one of the best comics I’ve read so far this year, with no superheroes or mutants or such in sight, just plain old ass-kicking vampires of the Bram Stoker variety with a healthy dose of True Blood and Buffy/Angel thrown in. I first heard about Fialkov when he was announced as the new writer on the He-Man and the Masters
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reprints I, Vampire #1-6 (November 2011-April 2012). Andrew Bennett has created a problem. He was born hundreds of years ago and is a vampire. He has learned to live his life without succumbing to the hunger for blood. A vampire he created and once loved does not share his feelings toward humans. Mary Seward (also known as Mary, Queen of Blood) is creating an army of vampires and is about to take her vampire war public. Only Bennett can stop Mary with his allies John and Tig.

Written by Joshua
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've decided to discuss the series as a whole, because it began with such promise and ended so poorly.

The first volume, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, featuring art by Andrea Sorrentino, is an exceptionally well-polished story. The character development is nuanced, the dialogue crisp, and the art is reminiscent of Gene Colon at his shadowed, moody best. The characterization of Andrew Bennett as a vampire-slaying vampire hopelessly in love with the most evil vampire of them all - Mary, the Queen
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The art is the most interesting of any of the books in the New 52. The covers, even once the regular artist starts doing them, never look nearly as good as the art inside the book. The art is always beautiful, even if the page is full of blood and monsters. While the art is gorgeous, sometimes it can be difficult to tell what is supposed to be happening. It isn't as much of a problem reading I, Vampire in a volume instead of single issues. The number of panels that are not very readable is less ...more
Josh Caporale
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
The re-launching of the I, Vampire series is the second comic book I have read, only behind the revamp of the Harley Quinn book I read this year. Andrew Bennett, who was turned into a vampire in 1591, turned Mary Seward, who became Mary, the Queen of Blood, into a vampire in turn. The two had a bond with one another, but Mary went ahead and started an army of vampires that would take over the world, while Andrew is looking to defend the innocent and fight for humanity and against the vampires. ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, vampire, comics
Knowing nothing of vampires in the DC universe, I decided to pick up this reboot comic. Having just finished it, I can definitely say I will be picking up the rest of the series.

The writing is really well done. The tale plays out really well, from start to finish there's an equal amount of action and plot. The characters are really well done, including the inclusion of Batman in the last part of the book. Each person is believable, their reactions are realistic, and you feel for each and every
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this, even though I am not a fan of the artwork, reminds me of Jae Lee.

I already knew this series was cancelled before reading this volume, reading it in the news makes me want to know why or what DC is thinking of?!. Joshua Fialkov did a great job writing this book, I do understand that for the past 15 years the comicbook industry has to survive at what really sells versus to fan favorites or cult favorites. I think it takes guts to say "Hey let's have this series run for 10
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
When everything is said and done, this is simply a good vampire story, nevermind that Batman shows up near the end. This is my first introduction to the Andrew Bennett story arc, though I've come across him in JLD. Mary is gathering together all the vampires to take over the world, and plans mass human turnings to add to her ranks. Andrew is out to put a stop to her and gets some help from John Constantine and Batman, though The Bat has to be convinced not to kill the vampire Bennett himself, ...more
Stuart Lenig
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Despite the glut of vampire books, films, tv, and other media, the genre still has old and rather nimble legs. Fialkov's take on the vampire lifestyle is of course bloody and beautifully illustrated by Jenny Frison in a latter Jae Lee style that suits the moody material perfectly. The panels look like stills of dead things more than a action comic and this bodes well for some possible film version. The characters are successfully grim and lack the sort of witless banter that has literally killed ...more
John DiPietro
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the chance to meet the author and get the book and get it signed at the Austin Comic Con (the Dragon's Lair table - P.S. THAT is the place in Austin to buy your books!). I'd heard that the title was excellent, but hadn't had a chance or reason to read it. I decided to give it a go, though, and found the positive commentary to be accurate. The story is firmly set in the DCU and crosses over with several character lines (most notably Batman's, since the story does drift into Gotham pretty ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was put off Vampires after Twilight but this book restored my faith in the vampire/werewolf genre! This book tells the story a man who lost his love in the 1800s to a vampire and got himself bitten, he later met a vampire girl and shes his girlfriend. She now wants to kill humanity because shes tired of hiding, he however wants to save humanity so they become enemies. A great book funny, witty, serious just a fun story! Its also got guest appearances of Batman and Constantine which are ...more
Richard Rosenthal
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic
This one is a mixed bag. On the plus side there is a John Constantie and a Batman crossover. Those stories are pretty self contained so you don't have to go out and buy other comics to understand what happened in this one.

On the negative side it spends a lot of time setting up the Mary / Andrew Benedict relationship. The color scheme is also problematic. Lots of black, brown and red so it gets herd to pick pout details.

While I enjoyed the story the character isn't all that interesting yet.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it

Story: Andrew has to kill his ex-girlfriend Mary aka The Queen Of Blood. Both have a different outlook on being a vampire. Andrew regrets turning her since she has become a monster who wants to rule the world.

I absolutely love the illustrations, very dark but beautiful artwork. The vampires remind me a little bit of the ones in „American Vampire“ when they turn into a more animalistic kind of vampire.

The only person I really can’t stand because she is annoying as hell is Tig. Sorry, I was really
This was one of the more creatively successful launches from DC's New 52. I like that they're trying to revive a little used property and that they introduced a horror comic into their mainstream universe. There's a lot of style here, but enough substance to make it worth reading and for me to want to come back.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meh! I mean, not terrible, but not impressed either. The story was really rather thin, and I actually read it twice. I had a feeling I had, but it was so not memorable I guess, that I got through most of it before I was sure. Even the art, which isn't bad, seemed too redundant. I think I'll stick with Angel, thank you. Perhaps readers unfamiliar to the genre will like it best.
Hannah Givens
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
A simple vampire story, but well done. While the art could be confusing, I also really loved how it showed Andrew and the others changing between their forms -- human, mist, wolf, bat, manwolfthing, etc. It usually happens between panels, so there's a really cool mysterious tone, and the art in general is stylish. Loved the Batman parts, too!
So I only read this b/c it fits into Justice League Dark which is one of my favorite New 52 series. It's okay so far. I'm not in love with any of the characters but I haven't been rolling my eyes too much either.
What could either be considered brilliant or suicide as a series starter, either way, I didn't like it. Boring, but well drawn, each page made me want to reach the end that much quicker and never pick up another volume once I reached the "end".
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
buy this. just fantastic.
Kari Trenten
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Andrew Bennet, wandering vampire and vampire hunter is forced to battle Mary, Queen of the Blood, the woman he loved, the woman he changed into what she is. For Mary is intent on getting the undead to rise up against humanity, forming a blood-drinking army to seize the world for themselves. Andrew gathers what forces he can to stop her; his best friend, Professor John Troughton and a crazed teenage vampire hunter called Tig, the caped vigilante of Gotham known as the Batman, and maverick mage, ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was interested to see what kind of place vampires might have in the DC universe, and it felt like something that would be a good pre-Halloween read. Unfortunately, there really wasn't much prologue in this book, so I didn't have a great idea of what was going on. As a volume 1, it would make sense if this was a good place to start reading, but honestly, it isn't. The only way it interacts with the DC universe at large is that there are cameos by Batman and Constantine, and mention of Superman. ...more
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Joshua Hale Fialkov is the creator (or co-creator, depending) of graphic novels, including the Harvey Nominated Elk’s Run, the Harvey and Eisner nominated Tumor, Punks the Comic, and the Harvey Nominated Echoes.

He has written Alibi and Cyblade for Top Cow, Superman/Batman for DC Comics, Rampaging Wolverine for Marvel, and Friday the 13th for Wildstorm. He’s writing the DC relaunch of I,Vampire, as

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