Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Comics Review: VAMPIVERSE #1

VAMPIVERSE VOLUME 1 #1
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

STORY: Thomas Sniegoski and Jeannine Acheson
ART: Daniel Maine
COLORS: Francesca Cittarelli
LETTERS: Taylor Esposito
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Adam Hughes
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Stephen Segovia; Meghan Hetrick; Maria Sanapo; Daniel Maine; Roberto Castro; Adam Hughes; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (September 2021)

Rated Teen+

“The Red Mass” Book 1: “The Bride”

Vampirella is a vampire and female superhero created by the late author and science fiction and horror expert, Forrest J Ackerman, and designed by comic book artist, Trina Robbins.  Vampirella first appeared in Vampirella #1 (Sept. 1969), the debut issue of a black and white horror comics magazine from Warren Publishing.  Writer-editor Archie Goodwin changed the character from a hostess of horror comics to a leading character in her own stories.

Vampirella publications were published by Warren into 1983, and after Warren's bankruptcy, Harris Publications obtained the character and published new and reprint Vampirella comic books into the mid-1990s.  In 2010, Dynamite Entertainment obtained the character and has been publishing new Vampirella material since then.

Dynamite's Vampirella comic book series is Vampiverse.  The series is written by Thomas Sniegoski and Jeannine Acheson; drawn by Daniel Maine; colored by Francesca Cittarelli; and lettered by Taylor Esposito.  In this new series, a Vampirella from one universe must gather Vampirellas from other universes in order stop a mysterious force from destroying them and the Creator of all things.

Vampiverse Volume 1 #1 opens in war.  Some stories are just beginning.  Some have been going on for a really, really long time.  Some are ending.

There is a different Vampirella for every thread – for every story – across the “Weave,” the fabric of time and space.  There is a Vampirella of every conceivable notion born to protect her particular reality. Some of Vampirella stories are beginning, and some have been going on for a very long time.  Some Vampirella stories are ending...

Bloodwing is killing the Vampirellas and stealing away their precious life energies and growing in power.  Now, it is up to one particular Vampirella to gather other special Vampirellas in order to stop this growing threat to “The Artist,” the creator of all things.  And all she has is a book, but is that enough, even if it is the “Book of Prophecy?”

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Vengeance of Vampiverse Volume 1 #1, one of a growing number of Vampirella comic books that I have recently read.

I like Dynamite's “multiverse of Red Sonjas” comic book, Sonjaversal, but I was not sure I could like Vampiverse, “a multiverse of Vampirellas” comic book.  However, the creative team has changed my mind … for the time being.

Writers Thomas Sniegoski and Jeannine Acheson offer a nice first chapter, one that teases me enough to a pay attention.  They also offer a bad-ass villain.  Daniel Maine's art is both pretty and effective storytelling, with some nice coloring from Francesca Cittarelli layered over.  Plus, DC Comics' letterer Taylor Esposito stops by to drop off his usual high-quality lettering.

I think I'll come back for more and tell you about it, dear readers.  Vampiverse, I must admit, has some potential to be an entertaining Vampirella comic book.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Vampirella comics will want to read Vampiverse Volume 1.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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