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 '80s, 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 was an ongoing book. After 20 issues, including a #0 issue, the series was cancelled, though Andrew Bennett made some guest appearances in Justice League Dark afterwards.
I, Vampire provides examples of:
- And Show It to You: How Andrew murders John Troughton in Issue 17.
- Bat Family Crossover: Batman and the members of Justice League Dark all get involved with stopping Mary's army.
- Brought Down to Badass: After Andrew changes all the world's vampires into humans and becomes a kind of super-vampire, Mary becomes human again as well. For a while, she misses having the powers it came with, but a bloody encounter with a guy who tries to mug her proves to herself that she is far from helpless.
- 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.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: John Constantine becomes this for the last few issues, to the heroes.
- Evil Redhead: Mary, Queen of Blood
- FaceHeel Turn: Andrew Bennet and Tig, who he bites shortly after absorbing all of the vampires
- Fate Worse than Death: Ultimately, Cain is trapped in the House of Mystery forever.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Andrew Bennett.
- HeelFace 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 is killed in Issue 17. He doesn't come back.
- Monster Progenitor: Cain
- Must Be Invited: A classic vampire weakness. One Andrew does away with once he becomes the new Monster Lord after absorbing all of the vampire souls.
- 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.
- Pointed Ears: The vampires all have these.
- 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.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Fittingly, the Order of the Van Helsings, who aren't above causing a Zombie Apocalypse of vampire-hating Mummy undead if it will kill more vampires. Their leader even admits they plan to be Cape Busters once they finish off vampires.
- 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.