Review: Undying Love #2

Published on May 17th, 2011

I have to ask: How long before Undying Love becomes a movie? I could use a good vampire movie in my life. Until then, I will settle for reading the comics (I know, it’s a HUGE burden to have to read). I like reading this series, because it’s a new take on the vampire genre. I always enjoy new spins on classic ideas, and I love it even more when the idea stems from something so simple. Basically, Image Comics has done it again with this very new and truly unique vampire story.

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Undying Love #2 picks up where we left our characters in the first issue. Mei and John are on a quest to find the vampire that made Mei, so she can be free of her curse. See? That is an excellent basis for a vampire story. Throw in that John and Mei are in love, and the story only gets better. There is a lot of action here, which is complimented by the blood and gore of all good vampire tales. The ominous character of Tong has returned to teach us more about the vampire world that Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman have created. Personally, I like Tong. I normally do not like characters who “tell it like it is” or whatever, but this guy really works for me. Once again, it’s them doing the ordinary in an extraordinary way.

These vampires are dangerous. They kill people – slaughter them, even. We are just part of their food chain. All of these things are excellent throw backs to classic mythology. However, the thing that Undying Love does is turn the need and the lust for blood into an addictive quality. Finding Shang-Ji has turned into finding a kingpin. No one really knows exactly where to start, but they have to make a big move to get noticed. It makes sense that a head vampire would hide in the same manner. Coker and Freedman really get behind their story, and it’s that development that makes their world so believable. On top of that, they are able to connect to a human element of the vampire world through addiction.

That is what really works for me in these books. They are so much more than simple vampire tales, which have gone stale as of late. I’m impressed by the creators’ ability to do that. It is a rare thing to revive a dying genre, and I have not seen this happen since 30 Days of Night. It was well needed in this world and I will continue to read Undying Love in order to fill the vampire void in my heart.

Susan Damon
Susan@ComicImpact.com