By Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson and Brian Stelfreeze
Day Men is a book that caught some press upon first release because it was under ordered and had been potentially optioned for a movie deal. The concept of the title is fresh and has been written consistently well, when it’s available. Unfortunately delays have hurt this title, having said that, when it does come out, it’s usually very good.
Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson start this issue off fast, as we see exactly what it costs to be a vampire, and it’s a new and interesting idea. That’s one of the things that makes Day Men so good, it’s innovative and fun. Gagnon and Nelson continue their job of making David a sympathetic character, being a lowly day man, but the readers know that he’s much more than that. The pair of writers also allow the plot to thicken as there may be some betrayal involved. We also get a killer fight scene, not every book shows someone sticking a fist through a guys chest. This was a good read, but unfortunately the delay has hurt some of the steam the series has.
The art by Brian Stelfreeze is very good. It looks like he takes a page out Sin City’s book as we see shadows with only the white of characters showing, which is always a cool visual. Brian’s art and style are wonderful and really compliment this book to the point that it would be hard to read with another artist on it. The big fight scene between vamps is short but memorable. People get decapitated and knees get bashed in but Stelfreeze draws it wonderfully. This is another issue that has Stelfreeze’s fingerprints and style all over it, which is great for anyone who reads this title.
Day Men #4 is a very good read, the only problem is that the delays will force you to re-read the previous issues. Gagnon and Nelson are crafting a compelling tale, but it would be nicer if they could do it in a more timely manner. Brian Stelfreeze is always amazing, but the delays are really hurting this title. Hopefully we can get to a point where it comes out at least semi-regularly.