"Bite Club," a too-brief miniseries from DC Comics' Vertigo line, introduces readers to the Del Toro family, an undead crime family whose story falls somewhere between "Kindred," "The Sopranos" and "Days of Our Lives."
Eduardo Del Toro is the family patriarch, who reigns over his family and its interests with an iron fist. But, since Eduardo is killed on the very first page, you can bet the story isn't about him. Rather, his family -- a mixed pack of ambition, greed and carnal desire -- steps into the gap left by his death in a struggle to take over the business. But, to the surprise of all, son Leto -- both a vampire and a Catholic priest, believe it or not -- is handed the reins of power. And that doesn't sit well with others of the Del Toro clan, siblings and cousins and family satellites who have a varying array of vices and a similar yen for control.
Collected in digest form, "Bite Club: Die Now, Live Forever" is an action-packed saga that will keep you guessing. New surprises await with every new revelation, and the series of events that unfolds near the end is shockingly twisted -- and impossible to predict. Writers Howard Chaykin and David Tischman combine forces with artist David Hahn to create a satisfyingly different sort of story, a new slant on modern-day vampires that will have readers thirsting for more.
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WHEN THESE CRIMINALS PUT THE BITE ON, THEY'RE NOT KIDDING! From acclaimed writer Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!, Black Kiss, American Century), David Tischman and penciller David Hahn (Private Beach) comes a tale of crime that has real bite! Eduardo del Toro is dead. Unsurprising, to those who knew him simply as the head of one of the West Coast's most powerful criminal organisations, but absolutely shocking to his lieutenants and his son, Leto - who knew he was also a vampire! As the killer used wooden bullets, it's obvious he or she knew the truth too...Now Leto, a former priest thrust into the world of organised crime, must find the killer, and fast - before someone takes a bite out of him! Warning: Adults Only!--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.