Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Comics Review: "VAMPIVERSE #6" - A Trippy End to the Princess of Stories


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; Rachel Hollon (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2022)

Rated Teen+

“The Red Mass” Book 6: “To All Things...”

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, who is also known as “God” or “the Artist.”

Vampiverse Volume 1 #6 (“To All Things...”) opens in Loveland, Ohio.  There, we find the house of “The Artist,” the one who weaves the fabric of creation and tells the stories … of Vampirella.  But the artist is ailing.

Meanwhile, in the trans-dimensional place known as “The Library,” the receptacle for all the stories of the weave, a battle rages against Bloodwing, the Vampirella who would kill all other Vampirellas, as well as the Artist.  Vampirellas of hundreds of realities have gathered to take on Bloodwing's army.  Can these daughters of Drakulon save the fabrics of reality?

Now, however, it is time for Vampirella and Bloodwing to meet the Artist, their God, so to speak.  So what does Trina Forrest have to say and what are her plans for her characters?  Or will Bloodwing vanquish them all and reshape their stories in her own glorious, twisted image?

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 Vampiverse Volume 1 #6, one of a growing number of Vampirella comic books that I have recently read.

Writers Thomas Sniegoski and Jeannine Acheson offer a final issue that is so enjoyable that I wish Vampiverse was not ending.  They made this series of myriad versions of Vampirella and the one who wanted to rule them all (Bloodwing) fun, if for no other reason than to just meet new characters.

Vampiverse is certainly giving Vampirella fans their money's worth.  Hopefully, something like it will appear again.

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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