Vampirella #3 – Crown of Worms Part 3

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Feb 2010 | Dynamite Entertainment

Writing: Eric Trautmann | Jeph Loeb
Art: Fabiano Neves | Wagner Reis
Letters:Marshall Dillon
Cover: Ale Garza | Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic | Sean Chen | Rodolfo Migliari

The Lesser Evil

Vampirella deals with Le Fanu and learns a bit more about the terrible thing that was making her mad.

Well, things took a turn for the weird. I knew there had to be more than simply hunting down and killing Dracula. Now we’ve got a much larger picture and worse evil looming on the horizon-a world ending kind. When Le Fanu talked about worms, I thought it was figurative, not literal…

Three issues down and my interest is holding. I’d like to know more about this worm and what sort of side-effect Le Fanu’s torture with them will have on Vampirella. I suppose we shall see soon enough.

Also, side-kick possibly. She rescues Sofia and it seems she’ll be sticking around awhile. She had some issues with friends never coming out of that club.  I wonder how long she’ll last or at the very least, stick around with Vampirella…

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Vampirella #2 – Crown of Worms Part 2

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Dec 2010 | Dynamite Entertainment

Writing: Eric Trautmann | Jeph Loeb
Art: Tim Sale | Wagner Reis
Letters: Wes Abbott | Richard Starkings
Cover: Alex Ross | J. Scott Campbell | Fabiano Neves | Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic | Joe Madureira

Know Thyself

Vampirella, captive in the vampire nest she were attempting to clean, must deal with her own inner demons before she can escape and resume her hunt.

It was nice to see reference to Draculon in this issue after Le Fanu’s hand snake tentacle things poisoned or drugged Vampirella. It had a nice ragey cat fight after that. I didn’t think Vampirella was gonna escape Le Fanu so quickly, though. I thought it’d be a good way for her to be led to Dracula, since he wanted her. Still, the violence that followed washed away the slight pang of disappointment of lost devious tactics. Now I really want to know what’s in Le Fanu’s bag and where she got her hand tentacles.

Another great issue gone with many more left to go. I still curse myself for having not read them until now. It shocks me and I don’t even know why I never got to it sooner. Hopefully I can get through it all quickly and all caught up. If it maintains my excitement, it will be added to my pull list and I’ll have to see what TPBs or issues I’ll need to get to catch myself up. I certainly hope this is still an ongoing. It would be very upsetting to get through everything only to be crushed again by the end of another great book.

I also had been collecting the other Vampirella Series: Vampirella and the Scarlet Legion, as well as Vampirella vs. Dracula. I don’t know where those fit in with what I have. I hope there will be something in the main books that will reference the issues, otherwise I’ll be waiting until i’ve finished before reading them.

Vampirella #1 – Crown of Worms Part 1

CoverWriting: Eric Trautmann | Jeph Loeb
Art: Tim Sale | Wagner Reis
Letters: Wes Abbott | Richard Starkings
Cover: Alex Ross | J. Scott Campbell | Fabiano Neves | Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic | Joe Madureira

Red Right Hand

Vampirella is in seattle tracking down her nemesis, Vlad. Her tracking brings her to a bite club where his “favourite” girl hangs out.

When Dynamite brought back Vampirella, I was all over it. My exposure to her had been somewhat limited in the past with scattered random issues, all of which I treasured. I liked seeing a female vampire starring in a book and I always loved those pin-up covers. It’s just a shame I only started reading her now after continuously collecting the issues.

I enjoyed this one. I didn’t know what to expect reading it. My hopes were on something dark, satisfying, and not full of old cliches. It does feel a bit like an older comic, but in good ways, warm familiar ways. While not dark, dark, and more netwrok tv friendly dark, it still satisfied. The violence satisfied and plenty of blood. I liked Le Fanu and her weird mouth-hand-tentacle-creature-thing she has going on and can’t wait to see what she does with it.

On the downside, I didn’t care too much for the reprint at the end. If I wanted to read classic Vampirella, i’d pick up some trades, so I don’t like that bit of wasted space. I’d rather have the entire book devoted to new content.

Savage Red Sonja – Queen of the Frozen Wastes #1

Aug 2006 | Dynamite

Writing: Frank Cho | Doug Murray
Art: Homs
Letters: Simon Bowland
Colour: Will Murai

Sonja battles some foes on a snowy battlefield and soon finds herself in the home caverns of hairy, Neanderthal-like cannibals.

Oh, Sonja. The only exposure I had to this character was that old movie. I had always been interested in seeing more of her and her world, as a change from Conan, but that never happened until I picked this book up.

Getting into it, it’s heart is the epitome of the scantily clad heroine fan service. We’re in the mountains, in a snowstorm, and while wearing a fur cloak, blown behind from the wind, of course she isn’t cold wearing a bra and loincloth of metal. I’d imagine it’d get quite cold. Such heroines have far better things to worry about than hypothermia.

Regardless of this amusingly brief irritation, I don’t particularly care, really. It just reminded me of the countless movies, books, and such I’ve been exposed to with such nitpicky flaws. An old roomy used to drive me nuts with such things, when really, it’s all about style. That Sonja is a badass should be enough to waver such frivol criticisms, but I couldn’t help but chuckle.

This has the old-school adventure I’ve missed a long time that makes me want to play a good old vanilla d&d game (or Hackmaster, the next best thing). Lots of action and fighting and the wonderful white yeti… It really goes fast and that’s the only complaint I have. All-of-a-sudden it’s over and look forward to seeing how Sonja gets out of this mess.

The artwork is rather nice, very fitting to the high fantasy theme. I particularly liked the designs of the Neanderthal-ish people and that yeti. Very, very, nice. Sonja isn’t too bad herself, either. While she’s not particularly my type, I don’t think I could say no. heh.

I hope the rest of this is hiding in one of those mailers. I really need more of this.

Dead Irons #2

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2009 | Dynamite

Writing: James Kuhoric
Art: Jason Shawn Alexander
Character Design: Jae Lee
Letters: Simon Bowland

Silas hunts down his siblings to town of living dead they created. His father also sacrificed a man to bring back his wife.

I really like the writing in this book. The confusion I had from the previous issue has subsided a lot, and I somehow missed the explanation of how they all ended up dead. I know it’s all their father’s fault, though.

I love how deranged the father is. I love all those flashbacks with him and his fanatical lectures. I can’t wait to see the final confrontation with him and I also can’t wait to see their mother in action.

I wasn’t too sure if I’d really get into this, since I had some trouble following the first issue. Since most of that’s cleared up, I got more enjoyment out of it. I can almost see the action played in my mind and I can hear their voices in my head. The next issue will probably be enough for me to fully commit if the quality of writing keeps up.

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