Sunday, November 28, 2021



STORY: Thomas Sniegoski
ART: Kewber Baal
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; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (November 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 #24 finds Jeannine, Vampirella's traveling companion, taken by old enemies, “The Danse Macabre.”  In order to save her, Vampirella must leave her place of solitude and travel to the mysterious walled “Sepulchre City.”  First, Vampirella must get a lay of the land, where she will learn of the hatred of “Creepers.”  Then, she must penetrate Sepulchre where she will find even more old enemies.

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 #24.  It is the fifth issue of this series that I have read, and one of a growing number of Vampirella comic books that I have recently read.

Issue #24 is the penultimate issue of the series, and writer Thomas Sniegoski offers an issue with intrigue and subterfuge that is deliciously readable.  Michael Sta. Maria's art gets more polished with each issue, and Omi Remalante, Jr.'s rich colors bring a nice dark mood to this issue.

I like Vengeance of Vampirella Volume 2 the more I read it, and it is worth following … especially because the series is almost over.

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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