Artist: Sana Takeda
Publisher: Image Comics
Man, is this series slow or what!? Ambivalent in my thoughts about it (as evidenced in my review of the second issue) I am all but drained out with Drain. The story, having had a simmering pace in the first two issues screeches to a (near) halt in this one. Even by "written for TPB" scales, this was one glacial-paced issue.
Made up of two major flashbacks with a smattering of present-time narrative, Drain #3 does have fluidity on its side. Then again, given its pacing, that isn’t all that big a task. Starting off from where the previous issue left off at, with Freya having sunk her teeth into Chinatsu, we are quickly shuffled into the first flashback. Set in Japan, 1598 it plays out the slaughter of Chinatsu’s family/clan and her turning (into a vampire). While her family members, including her younger sister, were slaughtered, Chinatsu was turned as a punishment for having opposed the main vampire.
Next in line is a quick flash-forward to the present time. Focusing her fast draining energy, Chinatsu grabs a broken blade and stabs Freya in the back. This paves the way for the second flashback scene, this time to Paris, 1815. This is set after Chinatsu’s turning of Freya (after her repeated whining, as seen last issue). This scene’s significance is that it marks the turning point for Chinatsu and Freya’s relationship. Already strained on account of Freya’s ever increasing and seemingly unquenchable blood lust, their romantic association comes to an end. Freya stabs Chinatsu in her back, a favor that Chinatsu returns with a bullet through hers.
Having acclimated myself to the semi-"mature"-anime stylings of Sana Takeda in the first two issues, I especially enjoyed the art of this issue. Granted, it was so high on the cheesecake factor that it was damn near crushing, but at least it made the overall experience a lot more palatable.
Conclusion: With my usual "Trial of Three (issues)" over, I am strongly tempted to let Drain go down the proverbial drain. Only the artwork is going to entice me to flip-through the next issue rather than just passing it outright.
You can find more reviews by Bruce Logan at www.xcave.net
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