Script by: Joshua Scott Emmons and Tim Seeley
Art by: Tim Seeley
Colors by: Carlos Badilla
Letters by: Joshua Scott Emmons
Cover by: Tim Seeley with Dave Stewart
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Saul Adams is a man who has a long history on this world, what kind of history is a bit of a mystery but it’s there and boiling to the surface in a turn of events to a world which he thought he had pinned for constants and reliability. Unfortunately a new darkness is making his town their new home and his familiars their prey as well. We only get a glimpse at this breach but it’s beyond anything this city and the feds have seen or known and it’s only the beginning.
Seeley and Emmons dive into crime drama, cults and the supernatural and deliver it in a single serving that drives up questions and shock as the story unravels. Saul is a man lost in his own world, not sure what year it is or even who he is but that after eternities have come and gone that he’s still here and getting by. This story may start off with an obvious twist, but it takes all the expectations and hurls them into the garbage bin in an instant. Saul is about to get some company in his life and it’s going to get ugly for everyone in this story, you don’t rock the boat of an immortal with arrogance and attitude and just get away with it.
Tim Seeley delivers excellent style and emotion to the pages of Ex Sanguine, the expressions, gestures and lapses are superb, it’s always rewarding to see artists that take the time to think out facial actions and even eye gestures before just laying it out there. When the mental flashes hit, the examinations and even Saul’s frustrations strike, they’re all executed with that extra bit of thought. My only dispute is that Seeley almost highlights our unexpected other supernatural force because the shift in style that happens. You can’t just deliver a massive change in color and detail and expect it to slide under the radar.
Other than that small issue, Ex Sanguine is something I’d love to see more of and I can’t wait until issue 2 arrives. It’s well restricted and doesn’t move to jump the shark with transformations and spells and random campy features, it’s cold and real and it captures your attention even though the story itself begins so vaguely. Issue 1 delivers many carefully selected mechanics and uses them at just the right time. Personally it’s a bit sad to see Saul suffering after such a long time as an immortal but it’s understandable that his brain would be overflowing with history.
Saul’s next battle kicks off in issue 2 and he’ll be attacking 2 fronts at once, be sure to read up on this story before just jumping ahead and hoping for the best, you’ll only rob yourself of a great story by doing so.
Release Date: October 17, 2012
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Tim Seeley is in a bit of everything, from our recent experience with The Occultist it’s a good thing though, moving from Hack/Slash to The Occultist and The Guild to something new, a new horror and thriller story called Ex Sanguine. When talking with Dark Horse he had this to say about it.
“Ex Sanguine is my take on the vampire-romance genre, but instead of being full of longing and anguished staring, it’s full of brutal flirtations between two savage predators, one a vampire, one a serial killer,” said Tim Seeley.
We don’t know everything though, Seeley was only willing to reveal the name of Saul Adams as the vampire in the story, he’s a bit lost from this current world, lost in the history he’s tumbled through at day’s end, well until the feds motivate him for some more pressing issues. The serial killer Seeley created is a natural-born killer that hunts and thrives on the pursuit of victims in an endless battle, as one might imagine it might be easy to confuse a vampire with someone who also hunts his victims in a blood lust state.
Saul finds himself right in the middle of “The Sanguine Killings” he ignores the accusations flowing his way until he picks up on a trademark of this killer, a form of art or craft in the process of this bloodshed, as a result of it, those hours and weeks of remembering are put aside, a new shift in his life is here that intrigues him.
While this sounds great and tempting, it’s also something we’ll see at the end of this year, Ex Sanguine #1 is currently slated to arrive on November 28, 2012. One can only hope we get some teasers to make that wait a little easier to take.