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Cover of Crimson vol. 1.
Wildstorm Comics (DC Comics)
|Publication date||May 1998 – February 2001|
|Number of issues||24 plus one special|
|Main character(s)||Alex Elder|
Francisco Gerardo Haghenbeck
|Loyalty and Loss||ISBN 1-56389-532-3|
|Heaven & Earth||ISBN 1-56389-647-8|
|Earth Angel||ISBN 1-56389-768-7|
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.
- 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.
The series has been collected by DC Comics into four trade paperbacks:
Palisades Toys released toys based on the series.