"Vampirella #5" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Kate Leth
Illustrated by Eman Casallos
Colored by Valentina Pinto
2016, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 6th, 2016
In one corner, you've got a couple of werewolves, a telepath, and a vampire from space. The other corner houses a decades old immortal woman capable of sucking the life from her enemies or minions. This is how the first arc of the new Vampirella wraps up, and it's a doozy. Everything has built to this monster showdown.
Up until this point, Slade, the aforementioned immortal, has been basically invincible, not to mention all powerful. She's taken down everyone that's ever come up against her, but she's never encountered anything like Vampirella before. In case you needed a reminder as to why Vampirella is such a badass, look no further than this issue.
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At one point, Vampirella literally has both hands tied behind her back and she still manages to deliver a helluva beatdown. She's an adept fighter even with such a handicap. Her feet and teeth are just as dangerous – if not more so – than her fists. Slade hunted down Vampirella in the first place, and it's something I'm sure she's about to regret.
Speaking of Slade, she looks particularly monstrous in this chapter. She's stretched to her limits and it shows. Her normal, elegant self is withering away, leaving a gaunt shell of a human. Veins bulge from her arms and face. Her hair is flying every which way, almost like that of a gorgon from Greek mythology. Her hands are gnarly and her fingertips end in broken, jagged nails. Artist Eman Casallos definitely makes her menacing and a worthy adversary to Vampirella.
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The title character is nothing but confidence here. Even with the deck stacked against her, she stands tall. There's a great shot towards the end of the issue where Vampirella looks so damn powerful. Energy is coming off her in waves. She doesn't go mad with this newfound power. She can handle it and does it well. Valentina Pinto's colors make this scene shine.
This first arc works to set the new status quo for Vampirella. Writer Kate Leth takes the character on a journey that modernizes her and sets her up in a new locale that's rife with possibilities. By the end of this issue, the last thing anyone should care about is her new costume (which I still say looks great and makes perfect sense). Instead, they should be focused on where Vampirella is going next. I'm more excited to be reading this book than I have ever been and not just because I can now read it in public without feeling a little bit embarrassed. Move over, Buffy. There's a new monster hunter in town.