David Reid is a Dayman. He works for vampires and carries out their orders while they are sleeping. In the opening, he boards an old ship and encounters a vampire he views as a traitor. The African-American undead is a poacher, as evident by the severed vampire fangs he has. Reid breaks a window and the sun takes care of the vamp. Back at the office we're introduced to Casey Kennedy, head of business and operations for the Virgo family. She's pissed that he made the killing so obvious, with a torched ship. She doesn't want attention brought to the family. Then, she gives him a list of tasks, which include paying off police officers and bringing groceries to the vampires' human mistresses. She tells him "It reflects poorly on the family if we don't take proper care of our toys". Then, he has to go to a shady bar and recover a wayward vampire named Nybor, who is drunk--and who has killed another vampire in a back room. But he's intercepted by another Dayman, Jacob the Burner, who has a half-scarred face. He works for Ramses vampires. And Nybor has killed Sada Ramses and now that family wants to kill Nybor in return. There's a fight-- Nybor is killed but David manages to kill two of the enemy vampires. But this begins a war that will continue long after he's dead. The warrior of the Virgo family tells him that "You will spend the rest of your life bathed in blood."
I like that this book goes back to portraying vampires as a threat, not glowing moody creatures, and this first issue sets up the premise of the comic very quickly. Highly recommended.
By Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson, Brian Stelfreeze