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Exclusive: The vampire apocalypse gets real in IDW's V-Wars: God Of Death

By Jeff Spry
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New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry's V-Wars is due to slice into Netflix' programming schedule this fall with its vampire saga centering around star Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) and the cataclysmic bloodsucker pandemic.

As a companion piece and direct tie-in to the V-Wars series, creator Maberry and IDW Publishing are teaming up once more for a fanged foray into this horrific universe with the V-Wars: God of Death one-shot coming to comic shops May 29 and SYFY WIRE has an exclusive look inside the standalone debut.

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The unsettling storyline follows the endeavors of Michael Fayne, patient zero of the unthinkable plague that blossomed into the Vampire Wars. Now a sinister cult of militant nosferatus seeks to resurrect him as Dr. Luther Swann leads a covert strike team to prevent the rise of this villainous vampire god.

Maberry, a five-time Bram Stoker award-winning author, journeys back to write within the nightmarish landscape of his chilling V-Wars novels and comics in IDW's single issue surprise, with cover and interior art by Transformers: Unicron superstar Alex Milne. Artist Ryan Brown (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) provides the ravenous variant cover.

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"V-Wars: God of Death takes the ongoing crisis of the vampire plague and turns the wheel hard left toward an actual apocalypse," Maberry tells SYFY WIRE. "A group of fanatical vampires are trying to resurrect Michael Fayne, the patient zero of the pandemic. If he rises, he’ll be their messiah and a blood war will become a holy war. 

"We also see how the years and the war have changed Luther Swann. He’s become tougher and is deeply involved in the actual fighting, but it has clearly taken a toll on him. Bitterness is turning him brutal. V-Wars: God of Death escalates the vampire wars to a new level."

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"I’m so jazzed about returning to the troubled world of beats (humans) and bloods (vampires)," Maberry adds. "The politics, ethics, and explorations of racism and intolerance has never been more present than right now. V-Wars may be a horror comic, but it holds a magnifying glass up to what’s in the headlines."

Dare to be scared and make the leap into our exclusive 5-page preview of V-Wars: God of Death #1 in the gallery below, then tell us if you'll lure one into your life.