In UNDYING LOVE, Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman give readers a
glimpse of one man's crusade against a vampiric underworld. With
lots of blood.
The hero of the comic (who either isn't named or I never caught it)
moves relentlessly through his mission to draw out the leader of the
clan. As a result of his actions we see that he has a mighty
challenge ahead of him.
Surprisingly, it was a challenge that lasted most of the issue.
There were a few times where it took way too many panels to progress
the story forward and some scenes (and characters) lingered for far
too long. Even the best moment in the book where the kid is making
the tea and explaining some of the key elements of the tale could
have been made shorter.
Coker's art, which is like a mix of Tommy Lee Edwards and Alex
Maleev, was thoroughly enjoyable. Between the city scenes, the
vampires and the gun toting vigilante we get a great sampling of
what he is capable of. He shows real talent and I would love to see
more from him. However, I felt that it was wasted on this comic. Not
because of the choice in subject matter since he does a very good
job with what we see here but because the story doesn't meet the
I never really connected with the main character and the only
interesting person was the kid. Otherwise, there was no real
concern. Yes, the star of the book struggled, met strong opposition
and had to rise above it. But why? At times it just came across as
nothing more than a stylish attempt at a "Punisher vs. Dracula"
story. With style heavily outweighing substance.
The visuals were fantastic but without a more solid pacing UNDYING
LOVE seemed about as drained as one of the vampire's victims.