By Beth Davies-Stofka
May 27, 2008 - 14:15
Writer(s): Jessica Abel and Gabriel Soria
Penciller(s): Warren Pleece
Inker(s): Warren Pleece
Colourist(s): Warren Pleece
Letterer(s): Warren Pleece
Cover Artist(s): Warren Pleece
189 pages, $19.95
Life Sucks features Dave, a young convenience store clerk and vampire whose boss is also his vampire master. Dave is in love with Rosa, a mortal with romantic visions of becoming a vampire, which she imagines is a speedy route to an uncomplicated life of elegance and beauty. However, another vampire, blonde surfer dude Wes also fancies Rosa, and Wes has looks and money. Can Dave win Rosa? Does it matter? This story works best as metaphor, where the society of vampire immortals symbolizes the unpleasant life of wage slavery to demanding bosses, in which every single shift feels like an eternity. Abel and Soria don't show a way out, however, leaving a flat feeling and a bleak aftertaste.
I had trouble seeing the humor in this novel, and winced at the stereotypical portrayals of Romanian immigrants. The protagonists seemed whiny, and the ending did not leave me hoping for more. Is it possible that I'm just feeling too old or too humorless to love this book? Post a comment and tell us what you think.
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