Saturday, April 20, 2013

Vampire Guardian Angels: The Guardian, Comic Book Issue 1: Full Story

Lia Scott Price's
Vampire Guardian Angels™ 
The Guardian, Comic Book Issue 1 

Copyright Lia Scott Price 

About The Comic Book Series:

Lia Scott Price’s Vampire Guardian Angels is a creator-owned comic book series written and created by Horror Author Lia Scott Price. In the series, Guardian Angels from Heaven have become Vampires who kill people who pray for help to them, and both humans and “good” angels have to work to stop them.

What are Vampire Guardian Angels?

When you pray to guardian angels, do you know what they are? What if they were a vicious new breed and hybrid of serial killer, angel and vampire who target those who pray for help to them? Because they are tired of protecting us and want to put us out of our misery, by eating, and enslaving us. Don’t pray to them.

The Story: 

Prequel: The Beginning. (This is the prequel where Guardian Angels are first introduced as Serial Killers and have not yet become Vampires.)

In the city of Los Angeles, CA, there is a disillusioned Guardian Angel on the loose. He is a serial killer with serious issues (and not yet a Vampire.). He introduces himself as Gabriel, and he hates his job of watching over humans.  He narrates that he's desperate to stop people's prayers, that he's sick of their whining, and that he can't keep up with so many prayers. He admits that he targets only those who are despairing and suicidal and who pray specifically for help to a Guardian Angel. He reveals that he targets them because they are in distress, weak, and are easy victims to kill. However, Gabriel further reveals that he can only kill people by mind control. He can't kill them himself because he is still bound to “protect and serve” humans, and that he's doing this behind Godʼs back. However, he can convince despairing humans to kill themselves and make it look like a suicide or an accident, and to put the blame on the victim. Gabriel is desperate to get humans to "shut the hell up" and stop their goddamned nagging prayers. 

Gabriel chooses his first victim. Inside a Los Angeles church, police surrounded a priest with a handgun. The comic series introduces  Detective Jay Kirkland who is trying to negotiate with the suicidal priest. However, Gabriel, only visible to the priest, appears in the background and, using his mind control, convinces the priest by psychic mind control to shoot himself. Kirkland fails to save the priest and blames himself for the failed negotiation. 

After the incident, Kirkland sits in the church pews, filled with guilt. Heʼs approached by a man who turns out to be his new partner, Detective Cameron, who reveals photos showing the man in black. Meanwhile, Gabriel continues to target victims. In an East Los Angeles neighborhood, he watches a couple, Lupe and Sal, arguing. He targets the depressed  Sal and psychically convinces the young man to brandish a gun, to try to prompt the police to shoot him, and commit “suicide by cop”. Kirkland rushes to the scene and again tries to negotiate with Sal. But Gabriel appears and Sal is convinced to shoot, and the cops fire back. Cameron leaps in front of Sal to try to save his life, but is too late. Kirkland, convinced that Cameron is dead, is shocked when Cameron is unhurt. Cameron then reveals that he and Gabriel are Guardian Angels, that Gabriel has gone bad, and that Cameron is there to stop him. And while Kirkland blames himself yet again for what he sees as another failed attempt to save someoneʼs life, Gabriel returns to the coupleʼs house and causes Lupe to commit suicide by stabbing herself. 

Across from the coupleʼs house, a widow, Christina Urbain, is comforting her depressed son, Joseph, who had a bad dream in which someone died. Christina advises Joseph to pray to his Guardian Angel. Christina, still grieving for her deceased husband, heads to the church, to pray. Both inadvertently summon Gabriel, but he targets Christina first. Gabriel angrily confronts Christina and tells her how heʼs sick of her “whining”, insulting her and her deceased husband. He suddenly reveals he has a sword, but he is struck with a chair by a priest, who saves Christina. Gabriel disappears. Cameron arrives at the scene to question Christina about the attack, and escorts her home. But Gabriel still stalks Christina, and returns to attack her, but Cameron saves her. Angered, Gabriel stalks another victim in the church, Tammi, and has her kill herself in front of the priest who stopped him. 

As Gabriel leaves, he passes a basin filled with holy water, he sees his reflection. Gabriel has a flashback of him being sent as part of a child army during the crusades to fight. As a child he prayed for his Guardian Angel to save him, but he ended up being killed and became an Angel himself. Gabriel reveals that he is filled with rage because no one saved him, and he resents having to spend eternity being forced to save humans. He destroys some angel statues in the Church. 

Cameron visits Kirkland who is drinking heavily, still blaming himself for Gabrielʼs victimsʼ deaths. Cameron tries to convince Kirkland that Gabriel is responsible, not him. Then Cameron goes back to the church and finds Christina. They end up falling for each other. Suddenly, Christina gets a call from her panicked babysitter, who tells her a man is after Joseph. Gabriel makes Karen, the babysitter, kill herself. But Cameron appears and stops Gabriel, who says he will come back for Joseph. Gabriel returns to the Church, prompting the priest to call for help. Cameron responds, and takes Christina and Joseph and returns to the Church to look for Gabriel. He tells Christina and Joseph to stay in the car. But he hears a scream and goes back to the car, finding a black feather and both Christina and Joseph gone. 

Cameron finds Gabriel has taken Joseph hostage. Gabriel confronts Cameron, telling him why he is killing humans, because he does not want to “play therapist” anymore. Gabriel attempts to make Joseph walk into his sword to kill himself by telling Joseph her can see his dead father again if Joseph does what Gabriel says, but Gabriel sees a mysterious light in Josephʼs eyes. Joseph somehow convinces Gabriel to “go home” and Gabriel admits that Joseph has “the light”, burns up, turns into a ball of light and rises back to Heaven in a tunnel of light as Cameron, Christina, and Joseph are relieved that their ordeal is over. 

But a hiding Earth Vampire grabs a hold of Gabriel, and rises with him to Heaven, biting Gabriel, turning him and the rest of the angels in Heaven into Vampires.

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