Andrew Bennett is a Vampire desperately in love with his fellow vampire, Mary. Unfortunately, the two have some rather different worldviews. Where Andrew sees humans as people to live in harmony with, Mary sees them as nothing more than food. She styles herself "Mary, Queen of Blood" and begins to build an army of vampires, intent on subjugating the human race and putting vampires in their proper place as rulers of the Earth.
And so Andrew, along with a handful of allies, must stop her.
Part of the New 52
, I, Vampire
is actually a reboot of a story DC ran in the 80's, as part of House of Mystery
. The characters are all younger and better looking
in the new version, and whereas the original was intended as a miniseries, the reboot is intended to be an ongoing book.
Tropes found in I, Vampire:
- Bat Family Crossover: Batman and the members of Justice League Dark all get involved with stopping Mary's army.
- Bury Your Gays: John
- Dark Is Not Evil: Played straight with Andrew and pretty much inverted for Mary and her followers.
- Despair Event Horizon: Mary when she gets cured of her vampirism. She snaps out of it almost immediately.
- Do Not Go Gentle: While conquering the earth with an army of vampires may sound workable, this is the DC Universe, and Mary acknowledges that she expects the earth's many superheroes to defeat her army. She views going out in a final bloody conflict as preferable to their current slow slide into irrelevance.
- Evil Redhead: Mary, Queen of Blood
- Face-Heel Turn: Andrew Bennet and Tig, who he bites shortly after absorbing all of the vampires
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Andrew Bennett
- Heel-Face Turn: Mary
- Heroes Want Redheads: Bennett and Mary
- I Love You, Vampire Son: Bennett turned Mary out of love. Unfortunately, the change caused her to become cruel and sadistic. She still returns Bennett's feelings, but she sees him as weak, while he sees her as a monster.
- Killed Off for Real: John
- Monster Progenitor: Cain
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tig, the young vampire hunter, thinks she's found a way to stop Mary by killing Bennett. Unfortunately, this results in Cain, the first vampire, awakening from his slumber
- Our Vampires Are Different: Sunlight doesn't harm them, but instead simply weakens them. They have a number of shape-shifting abilities, and many of their powers get more powerful as they get older. They are also much harder to kill as they age, and killing a sire within the first three days of a vampire being turned will cure that vampire.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Played with. Bennett and Mary are lovers on opposing sides, but they are also the leaders of their respective sides and see their causes as more important than their love.
- Straight Gay: John
- Stripperific: Mary is the most noticeable example, but Andrew and Cain use to walk shirtless, too. And Tig, when Lilith possessed her body.
- Vampire Hunter: Tig, whose parents were killed by vampires. She's not very knowledgeable of them, however. John Troughton, Bennett's friend, is a straighter example. Then there's the Order of the Van Helsings, an ancient society dedicated to slaying vampires. Bennett himself becomes an example when he starts fighting against Mary's army.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Vampires can turn into a number of things— from wolves, to mist, to bats. They are also capable of partial transformations.
- Wham Episode: Issue 12 ends with Andrew curing vampirism by absorbing the dark magic over all of the vampires. Unfortunately, this means he's absorbed all of its evil; he then turns Tig into a vampire
- Issue 17 Tig beheads Mary, while Cain has started reviving Lilith
- What Could Have Been: The series was scheduled to crossover with The Flash, but this was nixed due to this title being cancelled