Monday, December 6, 2021

Comics Review: VAMPIVERSE #4


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

Rated Teen+

“The Red Mass” Book 4: “Bigger Than Death”

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 latest 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 travel the “Threads of the Fabric” and gather Vampirellas from other universes.  Their goal is to stop Bloodwing, a Vampirella who wants to kill all the other Vampirellas and also the Creator of all things.

Vampiverse Volume 1 #4 (“Bigger Than Death”) opens in the world of the two-fisted, supernatural detective, “The Vamp,” a Vampirella who is a pulp-style hero in the vein of the old time radio and pulp fiction legend, The Shadow.  There, Vampirella; “Book” (the “Book of Prophecy” personified as a disembodied boy); the adorable-yet-deadly, Baby Prague; and Lilith, the daughter of a Vampirella recently killed by Bloodwing, make a stand against the villain herself.

However, Bloodwing does not want to kill so much as she wants possession of Book.  Now, one of our heroes may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.  Plus, we meet “Vamp-Por,” the Vampirella from the dawn of time and Futurella of the Reality Corp., the science fiction Vampirella hellbent on helping save the Fabric of reality created by the Artist.

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Vampiverse Volume 1 #4, one of a growing number of Vampirella comic books that I have recently read.

After a shaky first issue, Vampiverse has kicked into high gear with its second through fourth issues.  Writers Thomas Sniegoski and Jeannine Acheson are weaving an interesting take on the universe of Vampirella by revealing delightful alternate Vampirellas and their inventively different worlds.  In this issue, they give us a major turning point in the story, which changes everything

We also meet two interesting new Vampirellas, which makes this issue really stand out.  Vampiverse is certainly giving Vampirella fans their money's worth.

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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