Who's it by? What's the history?
5. I, Vampire Is New Reader Friendly
The star of I, Vampire is Lord Andrew Bennett, a man from the 16th century who was transformed into one of the undead but swore to himself never to relinquish his humanity. His primary antagonist was Mary, Queen of Blood, who had been his mortal lover but was corrupted when he transformed her into a vampire.
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The 'I Vampire' storyline ran for two years in House of Mystery before its conclusion, and Bennett has made intermittent appearances in the DC Universe since then. What's new? Bennett's backstory appears largely unchanged, but there has been some modernising of the character. Gone are the frock coats and evening wear, and instead we have a handsome, young-looking man wearing jeans, a satchel and not much else.
Mary is equally young and pretty and even more naked. What happens? I, Vampire 1 consists of two interweaving threads.
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In one, Bennett and Mary talk quite amicably about their situation and antagonism. In the second, our vampiric hero hunts down his enemy's undead children, and begins to understand just how vast her plot against mankind might be. What's the verdict? Put aside any prejudices you have against I, Vampire. It is all too easy to roll your eyes at the thought of a series trying to pander to the Twilight generation.
This is one of the most elegantly executed of the New 52 so far. This is an example of vampires done right. Their powers and their limits are established, but not obsessed over. Merticus has identified as a real vampire since , and speaks eloquently and passionately about what vampirism is and what it is not. For almost a decade, he has personally worked with academics, social scientists, psychologists, lawyers, law enforcement agencies and others on how to best approach, research and understand the vampire subculture. An Atlanta native, he is known as Merticus both legally and personally — even on his Starbucks card.
Apart from the societal taboos attached to the practice, consuming human blood is generally not advisable: not only can it carry a range of diseases — including Hepatitis, HIV and parasites — but also hazardous amounts of iron. Through trial and error, vampires learn what curbs their hunger.
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No one knows what causes haematomania, the craving to drink blood. Those who experience it describe it as an intense thirst-like sensation, an addiction with withdrawal-like symptoms.
Animal blood or rare steaks may act as substitutes, but for most vampires nothing beats fresh blood. Frequency and amount vary but for many a few teaspoons once a week is enough. This, naturally, is supplemented with a normal diet: after all, real vampires are humans with human needs. Not all drink blood, either. Real vampires, he says, have existed as an organized community for nearly 30 years, and in solitary for far longer. Some chose to align with like-minded through courts and houses, though the majority, he says, do not. Vampirism is perhaps an unfortunate term, admits John Edgar Browning, a researcher who has studied real vampire communities in New Orleans and Buffalo for nearly a decade.
According to Browning, real vampires have carved out their identity using very little of the pop-cultural representation. And while the mainstream may love vampires on screen, those who identify as such live in deep fear of hate crime and discrimination. Unfortunately, the fictitious misconceptions have translated into real-life stigmas.
A study published by DJ Williams of Idaho State University raised alarm that individuals from the community rarely reveal their practices to clinicians, fearing they be labeled psychopathological in some way, or even wicked. To preserve the intensity of the fear and emotion reported by participants, Williams chose to present their questionaire responses in poetic structures.
No, I would never do that!
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It would detract From real issues For which I was seeking treatment. I have no desire to be classified As delusional, Immature, Or a threat to public safety. Social workers, psychologists, and counselors Should listen And be open.