Alex Priest is back! Admittedly Alex Priest has been back for a little while, but I only recently was able to pick up a copy of the third and fourth issues of the series. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Alex Priest, the genderqueer vampire hunter, works for an agency known as Living Corpses that Bite (LC & B), but when it appears that vampires have found a way to do magic they are going to have to team up with their ex, Janelle Garcia from Demon Eradication And Denial (DEAD LLC). The first two issues sucked me in and issues three and four definitely did not disappoint.
After the demon attack on LC & B the original team of four is missing a member, Andrea. When she was grabbed Alex attempted to go up against the demons on their own and they were tranquilized by Janelle’s superior from DEAD LLC. In the third issues of Alex Priest, Alex and Janelle are trying to figure out what to do next and as they do, Alex finds themselves in a position of authority. All the while Andrea is contending with demons and something even more insidious. Jan and Alex in their search for Andrea decide to use magic to find magic, which is something that the vampire hunters have not used before. As they separate themselves from their backup they find something hidden in the tunnels below the company that completely shocks them.
If you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Constantine, or really any series on tv that includes magic and the supernatural you will absolutely adore Alex Priest. Beyond having epic fight sequences and a captivating plot, the inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters, with a focus on a genderqueer protagonist with a girlfriend is an exceptional addition to this genre. The art in the book is all in black and white, but the covers are tremendously vibrant. Scott Malin’s art has a manga feel to it and brings Jenn Arledge’s story to life in a great way. The fifth and final story in this arc releases in Fall of this year. You can find out more about the Alex Priest series on the official Arledge Comics site.