Dark Fang comic artwork
Artwork from the ‘Dark Fang’ comic series, which launches today, November 15. Courtesy of Image Comics.

What could be more frightening than a vampire? Global warming.

In a new action-horror series from Image Comics, global warming takes on the role of a super villain.

“Dark Fang” is the story of Valla, a vampire who realizes that climate change is going to wipe out her food supply … humans. So she sets out to take down the fossil fuel industry.

Gunter: “When I was a kid, I was terrified of vampires. For years, I would sleep with the sheets up over my neck, as a precaution from being bitten in the middle of the night. But as an adult, the thing that scares me is climate change. So I suppose what I’m doing is I’m taking a thing that scared me as a child, and using that to combat the thing that I’m afraid of as an adult.”

That’s writer Miles Gunter, who worked with artist Kelsey Shannon on the series. He says “Dark Fang” is not meant to be a lesson. It’s entertainment.

Gunter: “… but entertainment can have a way of disarming people, and making them more receptive to ideas.”

So he hopes the comic encourages more people to, ahem, sink their teeth into climate science and solutions. After all, it’ll take more than garlic and wooden stakes to stop global warming.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.

Samantha Harrington

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