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…

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.

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