Vampirella #1

Cover A: Philip Tan

Writer: Paul Cornell

Art: Jimmy Broxton

After a sleep of over a thousand years, Vampirella finds herself back among the land of the living, but in a world far different than the one she remembers, where hope is laced with fear and blood has a far different taste. And speaking of taste, finding an appropriate outfit for the era leads our fanged fatale to a chance encounter that will garner her not one but two potential allies.

As I was looking online to get the ad copy above (some PDFs aren’t as friendly to get that out) I found an interesting problem that touched on an issue I mentioned in my review of Issue 0.  When I did a google search for Vampirella #1, I of course got a hit on the very first Vampirella from 1969 and on the Dynamite site I got the 2010 reboot.  I had to actually go digging through the Dynamite site to find the current 2017 version of Vampirella.  This showed me that this was the 4th reboot of her at Dynamite and that doesn’t count all the various side books like when she fought Ash of Evil Dead or Dracula.  This doesn’t even get into the different minis and various reboots at other publishers before Dynamite.

Again I say this is an issue because what’s the point in getting invested in an ongoing Vampirella comic if you know it’s not going to last?  I think mini series are a safe way to go if they’re self contained stories that you can enjoy for themselves and not worry about dangling plot lines that may or may not be continued in another mini series.  Maybe original graphic novels would work too?

When Dynamite first launched the new Red Sonja series, I loved the art and the story and followed it for some time.  As they added more one shots, spin offs, and mini series I tried to keep up but as the main regular series kept getting rebooted I lost interest in the character as a whole due to fatigue and frustration.

Another thing that makes me weary is the multiple covers.  I’m not a collector, I just want a good package of fun art and an interesting story.  One cover can sell a book so much better than 10 others shipped out in various ratios of rarity.

Just look at the original cover for the very first Vampirella in `1969

Now this is a tad cheating because it’s the great late Frank Franzetta’s art, but that is such a great an icon image I think it makes the character and the book stand out so much better because you have this clear image to focus on instead of a bunch of pictures and you lose focus in the crowd of them.

But that’s enough about the context around the book, lets actually talk about the book itself.

After reviewing issue one I was really intrigued and excited to learn more.  So I was surprised and a tad shocked about how graphic (in an odd sexual manner) the book was.  Vampirella has always been cheesecake at best, but this actually had a bunch of censor bars over the art and text.  Now I’m no prude by any means, it just wasn’t what I was expecting from a Vampirella comics.

That all said, as the weird future landscape played out and this bizarrely numb and oversaturated citizens went about their crude and awkwardly sexual routine, It became an interesting contrast to Vampirella and her own sexuality.  Sure none of it disgusted her or was off putting, but she also got to introduce to this future people violence and defiance that they seemed to have lost.  Add that in with the still unresolved of how death doesn’t affect people the same, it still made for a rather trippy and wild future realm for Vampirella to roam around in.

On the art, I forgot how rough and old the art felt but then I was quickly reminded the style really helps enforce the 1970s feel to the book that the writer is also trying to do.  It definitely has a more older UK style to the comics but that makes sense as both creators are from the UK and have worked together before (on several books with UK feels or themes, like Doctor Who for example).

So, despite my initial misgivings I enjoyed the book overall and would be curious to see how it continues.

I will say while this is an interesting and different take on Vampirella I don’t know if it would fit all fans of the character.

3.5 out of 5 for the book.

If you wish to learn more about this book please go to – Dynamite

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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