Item description for Shadowplay by Amber Benson...
This special collection presents the fantastic art of Ashley Wood and Ben Templesmith under one cover. In "Demon Father John's Pinwheel Blues," Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Tara) and Ben craft a tale of a syndicate of vampire street children that is turned upside down by new recruit Pinwheel. In "Shunt," Christina Z and Ash present the tale of the perfect woman, who gives up the perfect life to uncover a heinous human slavery ring run by an elite group of vampires. Vampires who transform their beautiful female victims into the most sensually marketable product. Within the torture and depravity lies a twisted tale of obsessive passion and furious loyalty.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.16" Width: 6.46" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Apr 5, 2006
Publisher IDW Publishing
ISBN 1933239840 ISBN13 9781933239842
Availability 0 units.
More About Amber Benson
Amber Benson is a writer, actress, and director who has written for the stage, screen, books, and comic books. She is perhaps best known for playing the role of "Tara" on the hit television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Amber lives in Los Angeles, California.This is her first children's book.
Reviews - What do customers think about Shadowplay?
A dark, edgy duet Oct 5, 2006
Like one of the old Ace doubles, this is actually two short books back to back. Read one, flip the book over, and you're on the first page of a new story. Unlike the Ace doubles, the two match closely in themes and especially in artistic style.
The first side I saw holds a story by Christina Z, with Ashley Wood's art. Have you ever looked at the front page news and asked yourself, "People just can't be that hateful and vicious - can they?" Their answer is: No, the worst comes from others, immortals who delight in human carnage on a planetary scale. The second side in my reading order (Amber Benson and Ben Templesmith) also describes vampires recruiting human innocents into their circle. The moral of this little story is that if you are recruiting for evil, you should think hard about just how evil you really are - wouldn't if be the pits if the new recruit were more evil than you?
The stories are strikingly similar in their narration and artwork. Both scripts are brief, and suggest more than they state. Also, both have nasty turns that I normally don't associate with female writers. The Z/Wood piece will raise the hackles of anyone sensitive to misogynistic images; the other tends more towards blood'n'guts. Both use jagged, atmospheric visuals well suited to their nightmare landscapes. Both use vivid imagery to carry the reader forward - a good thing, because the characterizations and events could use the help.
This one isn't for the kiddies, or for some adults as long as we're on the topic. If it were a movie, it would be struggling to hold onto its R rating. I like it because I like the image-heavy style, and I find myself properly revolted when revulsion is the writers' goal. It may not be vor every reader, though.