When I first heard about the comic Vampire Cheerleaders, I figured it was nothing more than a manga featuring hot vampire chicks, but then I got my hands on a copy and it turns out that I was so very wrong. On top of containing a hilarious story about vampires (read my review here), it also has a werewolf story! Vampire Cheerleaders Vol. 1 is actually a double feature, the first half is the story of the cheerleaders, the second is an entirely different comic titled Paranormal Mystery Squad. Win!
Paranormal Mystery Squad (PMS… get it har har) is written by Adam Arnold and illustrated by Comipa, and is a spin-off to the Aoi House series. It’s about “goth girl” Stephanie Kane, who is different than everyone around her, and not because she’s the goth chick, but because she’s normal. She’s the only one in her group that’s not a supernatural freak of some kind. Her sister is a werewolf, her best friend is a witch, and the new guy in their lives is a dhampir. Together, this unique mix of unlikely friends travel the country in their trusty Winnebago in search of cryptids and all manner of supernatural beasties! Why? To kill them of course. Which would be a lot easier if the organization known as PETM (People for the Ethical Treatment of Monsters) would stop getting in their way.
The first part of the Paranormal Mystery Squad, “So My Sister’s a Bitch in Heat,” tells the tale of how Stephanie’s sister, Katie, gets put into her furry situation and the events that follow. I won’t ruin the story for you, but I assure you, a comic about a teenage girl going through puberty AND werewolfism is beyond entertaining. Just like in Vampire Cheerleaders, the artwork was dead on, every scene was portrayed perfectly, so points to the illustrator yet again. On top of the artwork, the dialogue was also fantastic, it was witty and fast-paced and in my opinion, much better than Vampire Cheerleaders. But one of the best things about Paranormal Mystery Squad is that the werewolves aren’t pansies, they are badass monsters. Katie may be a cutesy teen, but that little girl turns out to be a hell of a beast, one that doesn’t take shit from anyone. Gotta love a wolf-girl that takes charge.
Even if you don’t like vampires, and don’t want to read about vampire cheerleaders, I still highly recommend picking up Vampire Cheerleaders Vol. 1 just for the Paranormal Mystery Squad story, it kicks all sorts of ass.
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