Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Comics Review: VAMPIRELLA Strikes #1


STORY: Thomas Sniegoski
ART: Jonathan Lau
COLORS: Omi Remalante, Jr.
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Joe Rybandt
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Stephen Segovia with Elmer Santoa; Junggeun Yoon; Ben Caldwell; Michael Turner; John Royle; Nathan Szerdy; Weijic Eric Chen; Sajd Shah; Sean Forney; Piper Ruduch; Paolo Pantalena; Carla Cohen; John Vasquez; Ron Leary; Jamie Tyndall Stephen Segovia; Lucio Parrillo; Rachel Hollon and David Turner (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (May 2022)

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.  In 2010, Dynamite Entertainment obtained the character and has been publishing new Vampirella material since then.

One of Dynamite's new Vampirella comic book series is Vampirella Strikes, which spins out of Vengeance of Vampirella Volume 2.  Vampirella Strikes Volume 1 is written by Thomas Sniegoski; drawn by Jonathan Lau; colored by Omi Remalante, Jr.; and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry.

Vampirella Strikes Volume 1 #1 opens in Sepulcher City in the wake of Vampirella taking down rogue members of the Danse Macabre.  There is a tenuous peace between humanity and the Monstrous (also known by the slur, “Creepers”).  But something new has risen from the shadowy legends of Hell, and so far, the Monstrous are taking the worst of it.

Vampirella fulfilled her role of savior in Vengeance of Vampirella.  Now, she is posed to strike for peace … if someone doesn't strike her out first.

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 Vampirella Strikes Volume 1 #1, which is one of many, many Dynamite Vampirella comic books that I have read.

Writer Thomas Sniegoski offers a most intriguing first issue with Vampirella Strikes #1.  New readers should not have too much trouble catching on to the state of things, post-Vengeance of Vampirella.  Vampirella has dealt with Mistress Nyx and with the renegade humans of Danse Macabre.  Now, it is time for peace, but not everyone believes in that.

Jonathan Lau's art strikes the perfect mood for this dark fantasy post-apocalyptic series, and his storytelling is efficient, clear, and stylish.  Colorist Omi Remalante, Jr. … strikes the perfect tone for Lau's art and Sniegoski's script.  This book both looks good and reads good and promises much more fun to come.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Vampirella will want to try Vampirella Strikes Volume 1.


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

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