Dark Red #3, AfterShock

An incredibly creative blend of horror and history, Dark Red #3 (AfterShock Comics) is an intense portrayal of a bloodsucker haunted by past mistakes. Since its first issue, Dark Red continues its satirical jab and goes for the jugular with its horrifying take on vampirism. 

A surprise, shocking dive into Chip’s past. During WW2, a small group of soldiers, pursued by Nazis, wanders into a dilapidated French hotel, and one man’s life is changed forever.

Here are 5 reasons why you should get Dark Red #3:

5) What Happened Before!

Charles “Chip” Ipswich isn’t one of those coastal elites with a liberal arts degree and a job at a social media start-up. Nope, Chip is one of the “forgotten men,” who lives in a rural area in the middle of Americana. He also happens to be a vampire.

4) The Writing!

Writer Tim Seeley explores the tragedy of war and the battlefield’s traumatizing effect through its immortal main character. It’s a deeply moving origin story as Charles stumbles upon his first encounter with the supernatural. Letterer Marshall Dillion does a great job with the cursive writing in the captions as Charles narrates his letter. 

3) The Artwork!

Artist Corin Howell captures the past though backgrounds and wardrobe. In the opening pages, Charles is wearing his military outfit, with his helmet on and rifle tied to his shoulder. In an eye-opening shot, he is surrounded by the remains of an abandoned church. 

2) The Colors!

Colorist Mark Englhert paints different palettes for two timelines. The present day is more surreal, with vibrant green and yellow tones. In the past, for the ‘40s decade, the color scheme is muted, focusing on more grays and browns.

1) A Great Read!

A great read from start to finish, Dark Red #3 examines the cost of war and the unforgiving nature of immortality. I’ve been loving Dark Red since issue one and can’t wait for more!

Dark Red #3 arrives in stores now. 

By Jorge Solis

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