"Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Bump and Grind Comics
Written by The Emperor and Alex Ronald
Illustrated by Alex Ronald
2013, 32 Pages
Comic released in August 2013
If I've learned anything from the various movies, books, and comics dealing with the subject, it's that Nazis loved the supernatural. They were crazy for the stuff. Whether it's werewolves or the Ark of the Covenent, Hitler wanted it all. Unfortunately for the Third Reich, all the haunted trinkets in the world couldn't save them. Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht tells the story of one such failure of the Nazis, and it does so with a sexy lady vampire.
Let me lay this out. It's 1940. The British have created a new department called the Special Occult Executive, led by Chaplain Morris. Joining him is a female Nazi vampire who was captured by Aleister Crowley and freed from the German glamour she was under. The duo's first mission is to track down the 69th Sexkommando and steal the source of their power: Adolf Hitler's missing testicle. Man, I fucking love comics.
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The setup for Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht is brilliant. It's a throwback to some old cult horror and war films with a large helping of sexploitation thrown in. The vampire (who I don't believe actually gets a name in this book) is fun and takes no nonsense from anyone. She doesn't hide what she is and instead flaunts it out in the open. Her “uniform” is like something out of an S&M magazine and doesn't provide much in the way of protection. She literally runs into battle with her ass hanging out.
The comic also pokes fun at the uptight manners seen in England during this time (and probably to this day). Throwing someone like the vampire vixen into the mix is enough to make many upper lips stiff (and I'm sure a few other things). She makes the men uncomfortable not only with what she's wearing but in how she acts and what she says. Authors The Emperor (?) and Alex Ronald nailed the humor in this comic while also bringing the strange and horror.
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Ronald also handled the artwork for Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht and it is downright gorgeous. It would have been a shame to read a comic about a sexy vampire woman only to have mediocre art. Fortunately that is not the case here at all. Each panel is depicted with vivid realism. It stops short of being that creepy realistic animation like in The Polar Express. It's stylized and fits with the theme and timeframe of the story. It's also damn impressive to have art this good on an indie comic. With art like this, Ronald should have his choice of drawing any comic he wants.
Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht is a fun one-shot comic that manages to poke fun at the Nazis. You can't take them seriously when there's a faction of them worshiping a testicle in a tree. According to their official site, the team is hard at work on the sequel, and I can't wait.
Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht can be ordered through the comic's official site.