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Review: Outsiders #29

Can you sink your teeth into this?

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Vampires and vampire hunters gnash fangs as Looker plays a cat and mouse game with Stake. 

THE GOOD 
Whichever artist drew the second half of this issue did a bang-up job. The art gets heads-and-tails better by the halfway point. I would've liked to have seen more of it. Also, I have to say that there were definitely some good quips throughout this, particularly the whole exchange about Stake having something "long and pointy" for Looker in the night club.

THE BAD 
I haven't been reading this title, so I can't tell which pages are drawn by Tan and which are by Kramer, but the impression I got is that whichever drew the first half of this issue was brought in late and had to do a rushed job. The art's very inconsistent for that first half. Sometimes it's got a cool Howard Chaykin quality, then it seems a little sloppy and, at points, even a little amateurish. The two big panels of Stake are so straight-on and symmetrical that they seem like anatomy studies from a portfolio. Story wise, I'm generally stick to death (pun intended) of vampires and, even though this adds a superhero element, I don't feel that this really put enough of an interesting spin on the creatures to get my interest.

THE VERDICT
This issue's kind of messy, art wise. I get the sense from the cover that this was meant to court fans of Twilight, Vampire Diaries and all the other stories about the creatures of the night, but I really wasn't feeling it. Stake, in particular, came across as rather poorly-realized and I'm not really interested in seeing what Looker's spurned fan does next.
 
2.5/5