"Vampblade (Season 2) #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone
Written by Jason Martin
Illustrated by Marco Maccagni
Colored by Marcelo Costa with Arnaldo Robles
2017, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on August 30th, 2017
As enemies converge and combine, Zombie Tramp seeks the help of frenemy Vampblade. How else is she supposed to battle undead space vampires? The tricky part is finding a way for the two to work together. They're at each other's throats from the moment they get in the same room. They'll have to figure it out as this evil force is bigger and badder than anything they've encountered before and it's not something any one of them can handle alone.
This chapter of Vampblade serves as the road to the upcoming Danger Doll Squad series, teaming up Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, and DollFace. As such, it's a good jumping on point for those new to any of these franchises, or if you just picked up the recently released Danger Doll Squad #0. There's a bunch of exposition to introduce these two characters and their past history. Much of this could have been avoided if there were a small paragraph about each character in the beginning of the issue. This would have allowed for more room for story.
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You kind of know what you're getting into with comics like Vampblade. It's a lot of cheesecake artwork and dialogue that might as well have come from a 15-year-old boy. What makes it work is that it doesn't take itself seriously. The creators know why you're reading it and deliver on the scantily clad women while also providing a supernatural cat fight for the ages.
Marco Maccagni's artwork is a perfect complement to this mentality as it looks like it was ripped right out of an anime. The characters are overly expressive and outlandish, like they're yelling every piece of dialogue instead of speaking like a normal person. There's an energy to every panel, like the duo could leap off the page and continue their battle right in front of you. This makes all of the fight scenes super exciting.
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Vampblade and Zombie Tramp have fought side-by-side – and against one another – before. Despite this, they are very reluctant allies here. It's like they're meeting for the first time or one of them has amnesia, so they have to go through the super hero trope of fighting before friendship.
Vampblade is a guilty pleasure of a comic with over-the-top action and provocatively posed women. Although this issue is really just the pre-cursor to the big crossover event, there's some fun to be had with these two characters colliding once again. They may be in the same line of work, but they are not friends. They're like a sexy supernatural Odd Couple.