Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Comics Review: "DRACULINA #2" is a Tight Second Issue


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; Rachta; Jamie Biggs; Ergun Gunduz; Michael Sta. Maria; Panda (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2022)

Rated Teen+

“The Tower”: “90 Hours in San Francisco” Book Two

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 #2 (“The Tower”) opens in San Francisco where a rat and a detective talk about the sleeping Katie.  Who is Katie?  Who is her other identity, Draculina?  What is the Dark World?

Draculina's origin begins centuries ago in an ancient tower, where her mother, Lilith, made a desperate deal with Belial to bear his children.  Now, Draculina's human alter-ego, Katie, lays dying, while Draculina plums the depths of the girl's past.  To make matters worse, someone is trying to regain control over someone else.

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 #2, which is the second time I've read any story involving this character.

Writer Christopher Priest has fashioned a great read in Draculina, but readers will have to put forth some effort for the enjoyment.  Draculina hops across times and settings practically every time the reader changes pages.  The result might be a little confusion, but Priest is giving readers a detailed look at a number of fascinating supporting characters.

The art by Michael Sta. Maria and the smooth coloring by Ivan Nunez deliver strong graphical storytelling, not to mention some pretty comic book art.  It makes Draculina a must read for fans of the Vampirella universe.  The best thing that Priest Sta. Maria do is make Draculina stand out on its own; it does not seem like a spin-off title.

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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