Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Comics Review: "VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #23" is All Action


STORY: Thomas Sniegoski
ART: Michael Sta. Maria
COLORS: Omi Remalante, Jr.
LETTERS: Troy Peteri
EDITOR: Joe Rybandt
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Ben Oliver; Stephen Segovia; Michael Sta. Maria; Lucio Parrillo; Marissa Ramirez (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (October 2021)

Rated Teen+

Vampirella is vampire and female superhero created by the late author and science fiction and horror expert, Forrest J Ackerman, and 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.

One of Dynamite's Vampirella comic book series is Vengeance of Vampirella, which was also the title of a Harris Comics series.  Vengeance of Vampirella Volume 2 is written by Thomas Sniegoski; drawn by Michael Sta. Maria; colored by Omi Remalante, Jr.; and lettered by Troy Peteri.  The series focuses on a reborn Vampirella, fighting the forces of Mistress Nyx and the Lords of Chaos to save humanity and then, trying to live in a new world after the war has been won.

Vengeance of Vampirella Volume 2 #23 opens fifteen years after the death of Nyx.  Vampirella and her traveling companion, Jeannine, are living their best road life … so to speak.  A world ravaged by Chaos is on the brink of change . . . but is it really?  Armed humans brutally attack Vampirella, delivering a lot of damage to her … before she delivers some back.

Much to her surprise, however, the attackers belong to an adversary from her past, one she thought gone.  There is a storm brewing, and it is “The Danse Macabre.”

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 Vampirella Volume 2 #23.  It is the fourth issue of this series that I have read, and one of a growing number of Vampirella comic books that I have recently read.

Writer Thomas Sniegoski offers an issue that is cover to cover fight comics, and it is quite enjoyable.  That means the heavy lifting for this issue is done by artist Michael Sta. Maria, and his storytelling is invigorating reading.  This is fun Vampirella ultra violence, and Omi Remalante, Jr.'s rich colors convey the gore and disemboweling in over-the-top and subtle shades.  Finally, letterer Troy Peteri bumps up the fight comics jam with his fonts.

I like Vengeance of Vampirella Volume 2 the more I read it, and it worth following.  Vengeance of Vampirella Volume 2 #23 is a winner.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Vampirella will want to try Vengeance of Vampirella Volume 2.


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


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