I’ve loved Nancy A. Collins’ run on Vampirella, and this 48-page one-shot, Prelude to Shadows, just keeps the love going. Set before the “Our Lady of Shadows” storyline in the latest Vampi run (#1-6), Prelude to Shadows sees Vampi on a mission for Cestus Dei; this time, she’s needed at a convent in France, where she goes undercover – oh yes, Vampi’s in a habit – to get to the bottom of a mystery disappearance and a priest burned to death while hearing confession.
On his deathbed, the dying priest manages one final word: Metifa. Satan’s mistress. Old-school Warren readers will be thrilled at the return of the character, and new readers have a great jumping-on point, complete with an origin story. And anyone who’s read “Our Lady of Shadows” will read this one-shot and wonder whether Metifa’s story holds true weight, or is she, like her boyfriend – you know, THE DEVIL – telling more lies?
Nancy Collins can write vampires, and she can write mysteries, so she really is the perfect Vampirella scribe. I love where she’s taking the character. This one-shot is a great point for new readers to join the Vampirella bandwagon, so pick up an issue for yourself when you hit the store for your comics this week.
Also included in the issue is a classic Warren story from 1971, The Lurker in the Deep, written by Archie Goodwin and featuring a pre-Cestus Dei Vampirella, back when she was a magician’s assistant to Pendragon.
Enjoy some of the Prelude to Shadows artwork, and make sure to get your copy!
Vampirella: Prelude to Shadows One-Shot
Writer: Nancy A. Collins
Artist: Cristhian Zamora
Cover Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino