"Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
Written by David Avallone
Illustrated by Dave Acosta
Colored by Andrew Covalt
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 4th, 2018
Elvira is someone that needs no introduction. Any horror fan is fully aware of her...assets. She's a legend in the business and now she's once again the star of her very own comic book from Dynamite Entertainment. The Mistress of the Dark is in the midst of filming a cheesy vampire movie when she's pushed into a portal and thrown through time. She finds herself face-to-face with Mary Shelley and the two women encounter Dracula himself. That's certainly an upgrade from cheap plastic vampire teeth.
There is an unmistakable charm to Elvira. She frequently breaks the fourth wall in a way that few can pull off. For example, I haven't found a Deadpool comic that I liked, despite loving the movie, and he tries some of the same gags. They come through as corny over there, but here they're part of the fun. This could be because Elvira embraces the cheesy aspect of it. She knows that she's in a ridiculous situation and just goes with it. She's in on the joke and she makes sure you are too.
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Elvira's humor also matches up with that of Ash Williams. Since Dynamite has the license for Army of Darkness, who do I have to talk to about a crossover? This is a no-brainer, guys.
Anyway, artist Dave Acosta captures the sly, cheeky grin of Elvira perfectly. It's easy to get caught up in her wacky adventures because she seems so pumped to be a part of them herself. This is all exciting to her and she's not concerned for her well-being. After all, they can't kill the star of the comic book, can they?
Although we're dealing with Dracula here, he's not the classic version of the character. Instead, he looks more like Vlad the Impaler, the military man clad in armor. He is no less intimidating though as he towers over Elvira and Mary, rampaging towards them like a killer from a slasher movie. The duo has to think quick to outsmart this overpowered adversary.
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Andrew Covalt's colors make Elvira: Mistress of the Dark scary, but not too scary. He reaches just the right mix between horror and humor. Shadows loom all over as the dark hallways are lit by candlelight and then Elvira's bright blue eyes pop out to give you a wink and let you know everything's under control.
Letterer Taylor Esposito adds some additional emphasis in just the perfect places. There's a scene where Elvira and Mary are running away and screaming. The screams don't fit within a word balloon at first, then get smaller as they start to lose their voices. I also absolutely love the title font, as it harkens back to a classic monster movie look.
You know what to expect when Elvira is involved and this comic delivers on that fun in spades. It's a great blend of horror and comedy that's spooky and very self-aware. From the looks of things, Dracula is not the only horror icon the Mistress of the Dark is going to meet in this series and I can't wait to see what else writer David Avallone has in store.