"Vampirella #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dynamite Entertainment

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Written by Paul Cornell
Illustrated by Jimmy Broxton
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 12th, 2017

Review:

Vampirella has woken up after being entombed for hundreds of years. The world has changed dramatically around her, giving in to carnal urges. Pleasure rules all. Somehow, her old bikini outfit is now tame by comparison. She's already reacted to these new surroundings with a shopping spree to get a new wardrobe. Now she's ready to...actually, I have no earthly idea what her intentions are here. She fights some clowns in this issue. Comics, right?

This new take on Vampirella is trying so hard to be daring, risque, and different, and failing. The world around the character is depicted as extreme, with people wearing dildos out in public and the like, but that's where the edgy quality ends. Vampirella has been boiled down to a hipster debutante who's just trying to have fun instead of figuring out where to go next or why she was asleep for a thousand years. It's like Breakfast at Tiffany's, but set in the future and Audrey Hepburn is a vampire.

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The aforementioned clowns are the one saving grace in this issue. They roll out of a cop car like tiny Nazis, each equipped with nightsticks ready to pounce. Their true intention is unclear. They're described as “They're here to...make sure we have a good time,” so maybe they're supposed to be like a Jokerized version of the police force?

Vampirella and the clowns get into an amazing battle beautifully designed by artist Jimmy Broxton. The visuals here are stunning. It starts off with Vampirella literally ripping one of their faces off. You see the nose pull out, the skin start to shred, eyeballs pop out of sockets. It's a sight to behold. It only gets crazier from there. Body parts are flying every which way.

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Broxton also adds a neon-esque quality to the colors that drives home the futuristic setting. It's a nice juxtaposition with the blacks that fill the borders and those in Vampirella's new costume with her tights and gloves. It gives the book an exploitation-era feel.

Vampirella may have jumped to a bold new world, but the character has lost her edge. She's not the fierce and sexy heroine she once was. Instead, she's a gal about town that occasionally gets into a fight or two. It's a Sex and the City version of Vampirella.

Grades:

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Art: fourstars
Overall: 2 Star Rating

 

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James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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