I…Vampire Explained

I...Vampire was a 24 issue series, created by writer J. M. DeMatteis,[1] that appeared in House of Mystery between 1981 and 1983. It originally started as a backup story among House of Mysterys three story format but soon became so popular that it eventually overtook the title on the cover. Even I...Vampire's finale was almost book length.

Fictional character biography

In 1591, after being turned into a vampire himself, Lord Andrew Bennett turned his lover, Mary Seward, into a vampire, and she became corrupted by the power. She took the name Mary, Queen of Blood and created a group of vampires called The Blood Red Moon bent on taking over the world. The series followed Bennett into the modern day as he tried to undo his mistake and take down Mary and The Blood Red Moon.

He was helped by his two companions Deborah Dancer, a beautiful young woman who Bennett saved from Mary at Woodstock (and was also his girlfriend) and Dmitri Mishkin, a Russian man whom Bennett had rescued from Mary when Mishkin was a child.

To try and keep his humanity, Bennett made a vow to only drink the blood of animals and bottled human blood (which created a subtext of alcoholism).

Bennett has attempted suicide on several occasions to end his curse, and has also been brought back to life after each attempt due to a higher power, as seen in the 1988 run of Doctor Fate. During this run, we also see Andrew Bennett interact with the Lords of Chaos and Order to seek an end to time, which does occur due to the vampire's involvement but is later reversed. He also appeared in Day of Vengeance as a background character in the Oblivion Bar, which became Shadowpact's headquarters. He appears as a supporting character in Doctor Thirteen backup stories in the 2006 miniseries Tales of the Unexpected.

Powers and abilities

Andrew Bennett has the powers of an Elder Vampire, as according to the DC Universe.[2] He can transform into mist, a bat, and a wolf among other more monstrous beasts[3] and he has superior strength far beyond that of a mortal man. He also possesses immortality, the ability to turn others into vampires, a healing factor, and limited telepathy. Also, his image cannot be seen, such as reflected in a mirror or captured on film.

However, he also has the weaknesses of a vampire, as well. He is severely weakened by sunlight, losing most of his Vampire powers,[3] and he can be killed by silver, decapitation and a stake to the heart. Like other vampires he cannot look upon a cross or crucifix, and he is cursed to drink the blood of the living. Unlike other vampires, he can reconstitute himself some time after being killed.

Andrew possesses full control over his curse, and he does not submit to the same blood lust that other vampires do.

The New 52

The title was relaunched as part of DC Comics September 2011 company-wide title relaunch, The New 52. The initial creative team is Joshua Hale Fialkov writing and Andrea Sorrentino as penciller.[4] The first issue was very well received critically,[5] and was the 78th best selling comic in September 2011 by units. Early storylines featured numerous guest stars, including John Constantine,[6] Batman,[7] and the Justice League Dark.[8]

Collected Editions

The Original Series was collected into a single volume in April 2012. It includes HOUSE OF MYSTERY #290, 291, 293, 295, 297, 299, 302 and 304-319 and BRAVE AND THE BOLD #195 (ISBN: 1401233716)

The first 6 issues of the New 52 Series will be collected in Oct 2012 under the title I, Vampire: Tainted Love (ISBN: 1401236871)

Notes and References

  1. Book: Manning, Matthew K.. Dolan. Hannah, ed.. 1980s. DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. 2010. 978-0-7566-6742-9. 193. Writer J. M. DeMatteis unveiled vampire/vampire hunter Andrew Bennett with the help of artist Tom Sutton in The House of Mystery #290..
  2. Rogers, Vaneta (October 31, 2011). "Fialkov Talks Batman, Constantine's Visits to I, VAMPIRE". Newsrama.
  3. Joshua Hale Fialkov (w), I, Vampire #1 (November 2011). DC Comics
  4. Web site: The New Fifty-Two: I, Vampire. DC Comics.
  5. http://www.multiversitycomics.com/2011/10/dcnu-review-community-wrap-up.html DCnU review community wrap up
  6. I, Vampire #3 (Nov 2011)
  7. I, Vampire #5-6 (Jan-Feb 2012)
  8. I, Vampire #7-8 (Mar-Apr 2012)