Writer: Rob Moran
Artist: James Devlin
Publisher: Platinum Studios
After a rather humorous and odd beginning, Blood Nation falls apart by pulling itself in too many directions. With its insane President and talk of crusading against evil, it could have been an allegory for the War on Terror. With its apocalyptic tones, it could have been an action horror story, a la I Am Legend. With its strange imagery and dialogue, it could have been a spoof of the abundant horror titles currently available. It doesnít successfully do any of these, though, and doesnít end up as much of a story.
After a beginning action sequence Blood Nation dives into a caption heavy narrative that tells the reader the history of the world up until the story present of 2026. Ten years previous, the corpse of Genghis Khan, who was apparently a vampire and dead a century before he conquered Europe, was exhumed. After the Mongolian is thawed out, he immediately goes on a rampage that spreads vampirism across the old Soviet Union, painting the country red again. Thus the name, Blood Nation. When a thermonuclear strike causes Europe to be blanketed in a nuclear winter, the vampire hordes rampage across Western Europe until a satellite weapon, inexplicably named Hadrianís Wall, contains the vampires via a UV stockade around two continents.
All of this might have made for an interesting story, except the reader doesnít really get to see it. We are told all of this by way of a rather uninteresting narrative from a civilian expert that has been brought in by the government. An expert on what isnít really clear as that isnít ever established. She seems to be solely in the first issue to give the reader a historical synopsis. But she says the President is crazy, so she must be one of the good guys.
From there a Special Forces squad is put together for a daring behind enemy lines mission. The clichťs pile up in a hurry: The leader of the squad is a tough S.O.B who also happens to be a vampire. The plucky woman member of the squad breaks the jaw of a fellow soldier who fondles her. Genghis Khan and his vampire council bath in a swimming pool of blood. Et cetera.
Blood Nation is an interesting concept that is flawed in execution. While it certainly has its moments, they simply arenít enough to justify the cover price.
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