REVIEW: Unicorn Vampire Hunter #1
Book Title: Unicorn Vampire Hunter #1
Book Description: “Unicorn Vampire Hunter” #1 begins in a far away land in (what appears to be) the mid 1700’s. A young girl, Jezabel, lives in the city with her parents. With the increase of crime and other dangers in the city, Jezebel’s parents send her to live with her uncle, Seamus. Seamus is a wizard who lives in an enchanted marsh. Jezebel is free to roam as she wishes, so long as she doesn’t go into the dark forest. As she ages she becomes curious. One day her curiosity gets the best of her and Jezebel wanders into the forest. There she encounters a vampire. Before the vampire can harm her a unicorn comes to Jezebel’s rescue. We then learn that the unicorn has a story to tell.
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG/PG-13
Writer: Caleb Palmquist
Artist: Daryl Toh
Letters: Dave Lentz
Cover: Daryl Toh
Editor: Dave Lentz
Publisher: Caleb Palmquist
Story: 3.4 Stars
Artwork: 3.2 Stars
Cover: 3.2 Stars
Dialogue: 3.3 Stars
Mechanics: 3.5 Stars
Editing: 3.4 Stars
“Unicorn Vampire Hunter” #1 made it onto my radar months ago. I met Mr. Palmquist at Lilac City Comic-Con, where I bought this issue in September, 2021. It went into the reading queue and finally worked its way to the top this week. I’m sorry it took me so long to get into this intriguing universe.
With the first book of any series I talk about establishing the holy trinity: setting, character development, and plot. We instantly get a feeling for the setting, even if we don’t have a specific location or year. The origin stories of Edward and Seamus coupled with Jezebel’s curiosity Mr. Palmquist does a great job of giving us very relatable characters. We also have a solid oundation for the story going forward.
I liked Mr. Toh’s work on this cover. Jezebel and Edward look formidable. They’re ready to take on all comers and won’t back down in a fight.
Toh’s work on the interior pages brought out a sense of nostalgia for me. It reminded me a lot of Ralph Bakshi’s animated version of “Lord of the Rings”, especially when Edward went to see the witch.
As a geek on a budget I think “Unicorn Vampire Hunter” is well worth the price of admission. You get action, drama, and an interesting story. Best of all, it’s tame enough that young readers can pick it up and enjoy Jezebel’s adventure!
You can get your copy of “Unicorn Vampire Hunter” today by ordering it from: https://www.enkidustudio.com/store.
Once there you can find a digital copy of this book for less than $1.00! You can also get physical copies there. If that cover isn’t your jam, a new cover will be released when this book is published by Scout Comics in 2023!