Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Comics Review: "DRACULINA #1" - Two ... or Three for the Price of One


STORY: Christopher Priest
ART: Michael Sta. Maria
COLORS: Ivan Nunes
LETTERS: Willie Schubert
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Collette Turner
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Rose Besch; Guillem March; Rafael Kayanan; Ken Haeser; Judy Jong; Jimmy Broxton; Michael Sta. Maria; Collette Turner; Panda (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2022)

Rated Teen+

Mirrors: 90 Hours in San Francisco Book One

Draculina is a Vamperilla comic book character.  She first appeared in Vampirella #2 (cover date: November 1969) and was likely created by Vampirella's creator, Forest J. Ackerman.  Draculina was depicted as Vampirella's younger or twin sister.

Draculina gets her own comic book series, Draculina Volume 1, a spin off of the comic book series, Sacred Six.  It is written by Sacred Six writer, Christopher Priest; drawn by Michael Sta. Maria; colored by Ivan Nunes; and lettered by Willie Schubert.  The series focuses on Draculina, a woman who finds that she is of two natures, and one wants revenge on everyone who ever did her wrong, including that pesky other identity.

Draculina Volume 1 #1 opens in Union Square, San Francisco – today.  We meet Katie, a girl in a hotel, lying in bed with the corpse of a sexy white male.  And now, there is a detective with a lot to say to Katie – when she isn't asking questions.

Last week, Draculina hunted down a fragment of the “Daemon Periapt,” an ancient talisman, and drank one of the people that had it.  The following morning, she is River Eastaughffe a.k.a. “River East,” the high-profile socialite daughter of the missing and presumed dead Lilith Ogden Eastaughffe.

Why does River want to kill Katie?  Why does River want to kill so much in general?

THE LOWDOWN:  In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Draculina Volume 1 #1, which is the first time I've read any story involving this character.

I am a fan of Christopher Priest's comic book work, so I expected to like Draculina #1.  I do.  The two lead characters (technically, three leads) are nicely drawn out, and I have a hard time picking out which one I should support.  The supporting characters, which include a talking possessed rat and a dilettante Earth vampire, are also intriguing.  Draculina is trippy, and I think the fun of the story will be in trying to keep track of the different versions of Draculina.

The art by Michael Sta. Maria is beautiful and is also good storytelling.  Sta. Maria gives the story a sexy, dangerous vibe – like the movie, Basic Instinct, if it were adapted into a comic book and included supernatural characters.  Ivan Nunez's bright coloring makes the art even prettier, while Willie Schubert's lettering makes the art pop.  All in all, this is a good package.

Draculina Volume 1 #1 is just the kind of first issue that a series needs.  It certainly makes me want to come back for more.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Vampirella characters and of writer Christopher Priest will want to try Draculina Volume 1.


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


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