Mar 9th, 2016
After a successful ghost hunting adventure, the family is now ready to take on a much bigger case. For the first time, they will be up against bloodsucking vampires, and the family will never be the same again.
Steve Niles and Damien Worm knock it out of the park again with The October Faction #14. While not as much of a “case” filled issue as 13 was, this issue serves as very good set up for some upcoming storylines. We get a glimpse of what’s going on with Lucas and how severe his cancer is. A potential cure is introduced but it has some dire consequences. Meanwhile in the shadows it seems nefarious vampire crew have come to town to wreck some trouble, starting with young Geoff’s friend Philip. Niles gives a quick glimpse to see daughter Vivian is still training with her mother, but mysteriously absent from the issue is Dante. Damien Worm brings it again with his perfect story telling visuals, mixed with excellent lettering from Robbie Robbins. The words seamlessly blend in and out of the pages, making it a welcome addition to the beautiful art of Worm. The fantastic art combined with the interesting plot development twist at the end, Niles once again leaves readers eagerly waiting what’s to come!
The Hey! : I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it, Damien Worm is fantastic! I love his work on this book, and one day I would love to see him on a series like Dr. Strange teaming with his Steve Niles!
The Eh! : My biggest gripe was the lack of follow up from Issue #13. It seemed some interesting lessons were learned but we never really got a chance to explore them further here. It almost felt a little like a tv sit come, the episode after the really “emotional” one where it’s like nothing happened.
The What?! : The introduction of the vampire crew gave me a nice nostalgic smile to 30 days of night. While that was Ben Templesmith who did the art, Damien Worm gave us a very fun homage to the series here.
Who should read this series? : If you enjoy the macabre, darker tone stories then The October Faction will definitely interest you. Just think of the Adams Family but as kick ass monster hunters.
Why should you buy this book? : While it isn’t as strong a jumping on point as Issue#13 was, it still can serve as a way for new readers to get into the story as it sets up some big plot elements.