Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Comics Review: "VAMPIRELLA Mindwarp #4" - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun


STORY: Jeff Parker
ART: Benjamin Dewey
COLORS: Dearbhla Kelly
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Joseph Michael Linsner
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2022)

Rated Teen+

“They Find Out”

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.

In 2010, Dynamite Entertainment obtained the character and has been publishing new Vampirella material since then.  The latest is Vampirella Mindwarp Volume 1.  This new series is written by Jeff Parker; drawn by Benjamin Dewey; colored by Dearbhla Kelly; and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry.  The series follows a mad chase across time and space, as an aged sorceress tries to steal and inhabit Vampirella's body.

Vampirella Mindwarp Volume 1 #4 (“They Find Out”) opens in 1969... because Baroness Liesel Gruzal attempted to possess Vampirella's body.  The result was that Vampirella and the Baroness have been projected back into their bodies in the past.  Now, the Baroness is in a castle in Bavaria doing great evil... Or is she really just enjoying her new life?

Meanwhile, Vampirella is headed to Bavaria on a train full of vampire hunters!  Her companions:  Ren, now in the body of Pendragon the Great (a popular magician of the 1930s and Vampirella's friend); Adam Van Helsing of those Van Helsings; and Ravashi, the young woman who is a mystic, know that Vampirella can get them out of this jam.  But how will she do it?

THE LOWDOWN:  Since July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Vampirella Mindwarp Volume 1 #4, which is one of many Dynamite Vampirella comic books I have read.

Vampirella Mindwarp #1 surprised me, so I have been diligently following the series since.  Writer Jeff Parker has made sure that the following issues are living up to that great opening chapter with a series of twists and turns that are not only unexpected, but also endlessly delightful.  This issue's resolution to the vampire hunters dilemma I count among them.

The team of artist Benjamin Dewey and colorist Dearbhla Kelly is delivering an eye-popping pop-art confection.  They remind me of the husband-wife art team of Michael and Laura Allred in graphical style and storytelling substance.  Vampirella: Mindwarp is humorous, delightful, and mystical … and mind-warping – so to speak.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Vampirella comics will want to read Vampirella Mindwarp Volume 1.


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


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