Vampirella #27 picks up in the aftermath of Hell on Earth, when life returns to what passes for normal. Except for Criswell, who’s coping with the fallout and the fact that Vampy walked away from him six months ago. Meanwhile, Vampirella’s run into some nasty business with some hunters on her tail. She could be in some big trouble, but an unexpected family reunion takes place – and considering who it is, this could pose even bigger problems for her down the road; and there seem to be a few more reunions in process that assures this book a firm entry on my pull list.
This issue is a great entry point for new readers. If you have a vague idea of who Vampirella is, you’re good to go. Writer Brandon Jerwa sets a few story-lines in motion in this issue, giving us some solid buildup, so you can jump right in. For those total newbies who are looking for a good title with history behind it, don’t feel left out – there are tons of Vampirella trades on the market, or you can just get a quick run-down of the major players in the series by checking out Comic Vine’s wiki entry.
Lucio Parrillo’s cover artwork brings to mind the old fantasy art of Frazetta and Vallejo, which I adore. Heubert Khan Michael’s interior art seems to be going for a gritty, paranormal noir-esque feel, but I would have loved to have seen more detail, especially in the characters’ facial expressions. The art needs a little more definition to match the writing’s edge.
I’m going to give Vampirella #27 a 4 out of 5.
Vampirella Strikes #3 is also out on March 6, and I had a bit of trouble with this one only because I’m entirely new to the series, and picking it up in the middle of an existing storyline. Vampy fan favorite Tom Sneigoski is back on writing duties; this time, pairing Vampy with a fallen angel named Janus. The plot centers around a powerful drug made from both angelic and demonic blood, which kind of reminded me of that short-lived Blade television series, which featured a narcotic made from vampire ash. It took me a couple of reads to decide how I felt about the story, since I’m coming in halfway through this 6-issue miniseries, but after familiarizing myself with the back-story, I really like it and am looking forward to seeing where this goes. I’m interested in finding more out about Janus, for starters.
I’m enjoying Johnny Desjardins’ art – it’s gritty and has definition and edge to it that I missed in Vampirella. The only thing I’m missing is Vampirella’s signature color – there’s no red anywhere to be found through most of this issue! I’m okay with her leaving the unitard home once in a while, but give her a red shirt or something!
Vapirella Strikes #3 is a solid 3 out of 5.
Whether you’re a fangirl or a fanboy, Vampirella is so much more than a busty vampire chick running around in a one-piece. There are good characters and story-lines here. Check them out.
Vampirella #27: Theories of Relativity
Writer: Jerwa, Brandon
Artist: Michael, Heubert Khan
Cover Artist: Renaud, Paul; Neves, Fabiano; Parrillo, Lucio (3 different covers)
UPC: 725130184061 02721
On Sale: March 6, 2013
Diamond Id: NOV121060
Vampirella Strikes #3: Theories of Relativity
Writer: Sneigoski, Tom
Artist: Desjardins, Johnny
Cover Artist: Desjardins, Johnny; Neves, Fabiano (2 different covers)
UPC: 725130200600 04011
On Sale: March 6, 2013
Diamond Id: JAN131047