“Super ‘Suckers #1” is an ongoing series from new publisher “Sitcomics.” Looking at the cover, the style is reminiscent of “The Archies,” and that’s because former “Betty & Veronica” artist Jeff Shultz provides the artwork for the main story. This issue has 64 (68 in the digital version) pages of “Vampire Fun,” and there’s suspense, romance, action, and of course, sorority parties. Two female college students are introduced on the cover, Jess and Kelly. Are they the next “Betty and Veronica,” or are they polar opposites? And who are the other students seen on the cover? Reading on, these questions will be revealed.
“Episode One: Blood Sisters,” is described as follows: Jess and Kelly have nothing in common but good looks and a two-timing, Eastern European boyfriend named Dragos. But when Dragos abruptly leaves town, the two women discover his infidelity is NOT their biggest problem. That’s because Dragos is a vampire — and his parting gift was to turn them both into vampires too! Now these unlikely friends have to work together to deal with blackmailing blood donors, super-cute vampire slayers and the ultimate roommate from hell.
As is customary with Sitcomics, the main characters are briefly introduced in the title page, so readers will have an idea on who the main cast is going in to the story. The first part of this story focuses on the characterization of Kelly Kellogg and her close friends, and how they’re preparing for a sorority blood drive party. We’re introduced to Kelly’s boyfriend Dragos, and the drama that ensues. Then Kelly meets Jess…and they find out that Dragos was two-timing them both. But that’s not the end of it, Kelly and Jess notice that they’re both vampires as well. No reflections in the mirror, growing fangs, and sunlight burning their skin, these are definite signs of becoming vampires. Once the drama and comedy comes to a halt, “Super ‘Suckers” pauses for a moment to present the readers with some “Sit-Commercials,” three of them to be exact, all hysterical, and they offer products and services.
Once the story resumes, we are introduced to the other two major cast members of this series, Stewart (who did something embarrassing in the past), and Jess’ roommate, Vera Hodge. Throw in a vampire slayer, a new teaching assistant, and tainted blood from the blood drive party; these are the elements that make an entertaining, fun, and wonderful story. “Super ‘Suckers” adds the segments that are missing from a lot of comic books these days, FUN. The characterization is done well, these are characters that people will care about, and they’ll want to see what happens next. College drama, vampires, Archie-esque artwork, and parties…what more can one ask for in a comic book?
Sitcomics hit a grand slam with this series, and for a premiere issue, “Super ‘Suckers #1” combines a great story, beautiful artwork, and characters that the audience can relate to. After all, college life is full of interesting and different kinds of people. I rate this issue a 5 out of 5 stars, this can easily become the sleeper hit of 2016. “Super ‘Suckers #1” has a rating of 9:00 P.M. (for teens and up), it’s written by Darin Henry, artwork by Jeff Shultz, colored by Glenn Whitmore, and lettered by Marshall Dillon. This premiere issue has 64 pages and is available on ComiXology for $3.99.