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Comic Book Alphabet of Vampires – R

First Second Books’ Vampire Month is over, but we are still going!

Here is a Vertigo vampire!!


Risa Del Toro

Risa Del Toro is one of the stars of the Bite Club series from Vertigo (I can’t tell you more than that, for fear of spoilers).

She is part of a vampire crime family in Miami, who fight for power when the head of the family (their father) dies.

Howard Chaykin and David Tischman wrote the series and David Hahn drew it, and Frank Quitely did most of the covers (until he got so far behind on All Star Superman that he could not finish Volume 2).

Here is Quitely featuring Risa in some provocative covers…

And here is Quitely featuring her on a cover which ties into a plot point where Risa attempts to seduce her brother, who while also a vampire, is a Catholic priest…

The comic has a lot of sex and violence, and really would fit in pretty well on HBO.

A lot of what happens in Volume 1 would be spoiled if I talked about Volume 2, so I guess I’ll skip that – just note that Risa is the main character of the series.


Tom Fitzpatrick

June 6, 2008 at 5:35 am

“Alphabet, Alphabet
Burning bright
In the forests
of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

-William Blake

Risa can definitely bite me anytime. ;-)

I have no idea how anyone can say that Frank Quitely doesn’t draw sexy women. I’ve seen it all over the net, but I just can’t agree.

like everything else his bodies are fine, but his art goes to pot above the neck. Put a brown paper bag on Risa Del Toro, and yes, Frank Quitely’s drawn a very sexy woman…

and incidentally, her name means “Laugh of the Bull”
but it sounds cooler in spanish

I read The Complete Bite Club. Series 1 was pretty good, 2 was less than mediocre. Still, Risa was great in both (and I really didn’t see the finale to series 1 coming. I thought she’d be a supporting character, but was happy to be wrong).

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