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‘Silver: Volume 1’ – Graphic Novel Review

Silver starts off like a fairly standard heist story. It’s 1931 and James Finnegan, world-renowned thief, is stealing a collection of silver from the midst of an upscale event where it’s being auctioned off. But, right away we know that there’s more to this heist than meets the eye. You see, the auction is sponsored by the Harker Foundation, founded by the recently deceased Jonathan Harker, in memory of his late wife Mina.

So, while Finnegan and his crew are escaping with the loot, dodging an army of armed feds, we know that something much more sinister awaits them: vampires. Sure enough, the job and a bit of rotten luck lead them to the possibility of another heist, of a far greater stash of silver. This one is in a castle in Transylvania and, to get to it, they need the help of one Rosalynd Sledge—granddaughter of Abraham van Helsing.

Volume 1 gives us only a scant couple of easily dispensed vampires, but it also brings the promise of many more to come. In the meantime, there’s plenty of great stuff in this comic. The opening heist is exciting and suspenseful, and the characters have a lot of great potential. The artwork is good too, done in black and white to give it that classic, 1930s horror look. It should also be noted that 1931 is the year that the Bela Lugosi Dracula movie came out.

This is a relatively short comic (short for a graphic novel, anyway), but there’s more than enough to get us hooked and to set the stage for the heist to come. A stylish heist story mixed with old-school, classic horror turns out to be a pretty compelling combination. I look forward to seeing how things play out in the next volume.

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor



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