Crimson (Wildstorm)

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Cover of Crimson vol. 1.
Publication information
Publisher Cliffhanger
Wildstorm Comics (DC Comics)
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date May 1998 – February 2001
Number of issues 24 plus one special
Main character(s) Alex Elder
Creative team
Writer(s) Brian Augustyn
Francisco Gerardo Haghenbeck
Oscar Pinto
Humberto Ramos
Penciller(s) Humberto Ramos
Inker(s) Chris Elarmo
Sandra Hope
Letterer(s) Amie Grenier
Colorist(s) Alex Bleyaert
Ian Hannin
Rob Ro
Creator(s) Humberto Ramos
Oscar Pinto
Francisco Haghenbeck
Editor(s) Scott Dunbier
Collected editions
Loyalty and Loss ISBN 1-56389-532-3
Heaven & Earth ISBN 1-56389-647-8
Earth Angel ISBN 1-56389-768-7
Redemption ISBN 1-56389-790-3

Crimson is a fantasy/horror comic book series created by artist Humberto Ramos and scripter Brian Augustyn from story concepts by script F.G. Haghenbeck and Oscar Pinto.

Publication history[edit]

The series debuted in 1998 and ran for twenty-four issues. The first seven issues were published as part of the Image Comics' Cliffhanger imprint of creator-owned comics and then the final seventeen at DC Comics' Wildstorm imprint.

Also published were a Crimson Sourcebook special issue as well as a one-shot starring Scarlet X. Scarlet X - Blood on the Moon was set in Mexico and featured the origin of Joe the Indian.


Crimson revolves around a young man named Alex Elder who is attacked by a gang of vampires while out late with his friends. Bitten, Alex is saved by Ekimus, the last of an ancient race pre-dating humanity, who claims Alex is "The Chosen One." Alex becomes the first and last of his kind, gaining powers beyond that of a normal vampire, who is destined to bring the end to vampirekind. The series follows Alex as he adjusts to life as a vampire and shoulders the responsibilities of being chosen. The comic features not only vampires, but werewolves and other supernatural beings and elements, as well as Biblical themes and deities.

Main Characters[edit]

  • Alex Elder - the protagonist. A sixteen-year-old teenager who on a night out with friends is ambushed by a savage vampire gang. He is saved by Ekimus, who feeds Alex his blood and turns him into "The Chosen One": a vampire endowed with magical powers so as to destroy all other vampires, and who is chronicled to save the world from the coming apocalypse.
  • Ekimus - a wise, repentant and ancient being known as a "Grigori", who guides Alex in his new life as a vampire. He is known as the source of all vampirism throughout the world.
  • Scarlet Thinbault X - a female operative and daughter of "The Order of the Red Hood"; a family-led organisation dedicated to hunting and destroying demonic creatures. She befriends Alex and later becomes his love interest.
  • José - nicknamed "Joe". A Mexican Indian vampire who becomes Alex's street mentor and best friend.
  • Lisseth - the main antagonist. She is coined "The Mother of All Vampires", bent on bringing about the apocalypse and ruling all of creation.
  • Victor Van Fleet - a U.S. senator and powerful vampire lord with aspirations for the presidency. He is allied with Lisseth.

Collected editions[edit]

The series has been collected by DC Comics into four trade paperbacks:

Other media[edit]


Palisades Toys released toys based on the series.