My Pretty Vampire (Hardcover)
Katie Skelly's comics always exude an effortlessly cool vibe, and My Pretty Vampire is no exception. Her smooth, flowy lines and bold blocks of color have a Coco Chanel elegance to them. Despite the seeming simplicity of her design sense, Skelly draws on a wide range of artistic touchstones, from shōjo manga to 70's mod fashion to Eurotrash horror films (her vampires here owe more to Jess Franco than they do to Bram Stoker). The titular pretty vampire is named Clover. Living a cloistered life in a secluded mansion, she is protected/imprisoned by her doting brother, Marcel. A life of quiet studies and ox blood won't satisfy her and she soon breaks free. On the lam, she can indulge the less savory hungers that have built up in the four years she's spent under Marcel's thumb (some of these indulgences do get a little blue, so maybe keep this one away from kiddies too young to get "the talk", if the nude woman on the cover weren't indication enough). Without a dime to her name and the detective that Marcel hires hot on her trail, it seems as though Clover is destined to burn out before she fades away. Sexy and cool, My Pretty Vampire is the perfect read for a hot summer night.— From What is Chris Andersen reading?
Clover -- the "pretty" vampire of the title -- is a Bardot-esque blonde who dreams of the (now-dead) girl she once was four years ago before becoming a fanged bloodsucker. She is being kept prisoner by her brother, Marcel, who fears Clover will be hunted by the outside world (and who may have other, more selfish motivations as well). Clover's curiosity, however, will not be suppressed: impetuous, sensual, strong-willed, and fearless, she plans her escape. The resultant havoc would make Dario Argento proud.