Comic Book Reviews - Vampirella Strikes #1 Review


Created on January 3, 2013 and written by
Category: Comic Book Reviews, Dynamite Entertainment Reviews

Vampirella Strikes #1

Rating: 2/5
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Tom Sniegoski
Pencils: Johnny D.
Pages: 32
Price: 3.99

Publisher’s Blurb:
Fearful that her monstrous nature is taking control, Vampirella takes solace in some extreme violence, and conversation, all topped off with a nice glass of Merlot, in a Boston tavern overrun by the demonic in the first part of this six issue story. Living in a world of growing supernatural threats, Vampirella never knows what she will be facing from one moment to the next, but what she finds waiting for her in her Boston Brownstone when she returns from a night of hunting is the most unexpected of all. Angels of Heaven sent by God . . . and they want Vampirella to work for them.

Reviewer’s Comments:
Issue #1 of Vampirella Strikes is visually stunning the art and tone really shine. The story on the other hand is predictable to say the least. There is dialogue present that is beyond clichéd. After all was said and done I could have sworn I had read this entire issue before or something eerily similar. The worst part is I really wanted to like this book.

Let’s go down the list shall we.

Vampirella a female altruistic vampire lead facing down the denizens of the underworld? Check. An ongoing war between the powers of heaven and hell? Check. Angels seeking the aid of said vampire on Gods behalf? Check. You can probably guess where I’m going here. It really seems like there is nothing original to this issue. I can’t speak for the series as a whole yet of course. There just doesn’t seem to be much substance here.

I really hope the book gets better honestly I do. I have been a huge Vampirella fan for years but what we get here is an entirely uninspired first outing. At least give us back Vampirella’s trademark skimpy outfit. That may make it easier to tolerate the narrative they have packaged. Vampirella books have never been the most innovative or interesting but they were solid stories. They combined action, horror and eye candy in a winning formula. Here all we get are played out tropes and story that feels like it’s the pilot of the CW’s next young adult supernatural/action drama.

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