‘Interceptor #5’ Comic Review
I had a chance to review one of the earlier issues of the Interceptor series, but I dismissed it because I saw the first panel featured a female vampire surrounded by nude, anemic men. Vampire stories with nude men have never really been my thing, so I passed. I was a fool.
A few weeks later I reviewed Paybacks Vol. 1 by writers Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal. I gave the comic series a rave review for its inventive and engaging voice and exciting action, and I tell you all this because I rediscovered Interceptor via Twitter after following Donny Cates.
Cates was encouraging readers to read his latest comic Interceptor #5, and considering I was so taken with Paybacks, I was happy to oblige. After going back to the first issue of the series, I soon discovered the storytelling on the same level as Paybacks with all the wit, power, and badassery present from panel to panel.
Readers, Donny Cates is one of the best comic writers working today, and you’ve got to take notice because if you don’t he’ll be eaten up by poor sales as quickly as the pallid men surrounding that vampiress in the issue I foolishly skipped. Interceptor #5, I was told is the last issue for this incredible series that should have lived on for years–similar to the comic’s main antagonist, the Vampire King.
Cates’ story with Dylan Burnett’s exceptional art makes for a can’t-miss comic. Burnett’s action is perfectly easy to follow from page to page and pops with characterization in a “Frankenstein’s monster creation” story that feels like a mix of Darwyn Cooke, Skottie Young, and John Romita Jr but also possesses outstanding originality.
I’m a comic reviewer and I get that this is a big week for comics. DC is reborn with four new issues this week, and Marvel unleashed its epic Civil War event. However, you can still catch the Civil War flick in theaters, and Netflix has a few DC-Animated movies and episodes of the Justice League, so I encourage you to skip the big two–as difficult as that might be. Give power to the voice of Donny Cates and the art by Dylan Burnett in Interceptor #5. You will not regret it.
I spoke with Donny Cates and asked him if he had any recommendations for music to listen to while reading the series, and he provided me with the following playlist that matches his subtitles for the five issues of the series. I found the music went along well with the comic action and created a greater tension throughout my reading experience. I encourage you to try it.
Issue one: LEATHERS: