GRAPHIC NOVELS

Killadelphia. Vol. 1: Sins of the Father

Image. Jul. 2020. 176p. ISBN 9781534315693. pap. $9.99. Rated: Teen+. HORROR
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After Philadelphia homicide detective James Sangster is killed in the line of duty, his estranged son J.J., a beat cop in Baltimore, takes up his final, fatal investigation. The trail leads J.J. to a pair of bizarre discoveries—a horde of vampires have gathered in the city of brotherly love, and his father is now one of them. Once reunited, James and J.J. team with a brave medical examiner to do battle against the undead and their leader, James Adams, the second U.S. president. Disappointed at how American society has progressed in the centuries since his supposed death, Adams has built an army of the undead that he plans to lead in a new revolution. The premise might sound somewhat silly, but it’s actually effectively scary owing to the gritty, intense script by Barnes (Quincredible. Vol. 1: Quest To Be the Best) and Alexander’s (Spawn: Vengeance) knack for producing disturbing imagery.
VERDICT A strong sense of place, an offbeat take on vampire mythology, and gorgeously grim illustration combine to make this first volume in an ongoing horror series a memorable standout.

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