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Vampirella Archives Volume 4 HC Hardcover – March 13, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606902040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606902042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The color comic sections are just superb.
J. BAILEY
Hopefully some enterprising publisher has plans for a separate archival reprinting of that 120-page "Dracula" book.
cyberfox29
The covers are dominated by Sanjulian and Enrich, with a couple done by the inferior artists.
Dean Wirth

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cyberfox29 on March 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sure, but how about the book? :-)
First impression opening the Amazon box: "Wow!" And at 400 pages, it's heavier than expected.

Having waited for the Spanish art invasion to arrive in force, "Vampirella Archives, Volume 4" is my first stab at this series of reprint editions from Dynamite Entertainment. Normally in these sort of horror comic anthologies the buyer gets stuck with a grab-bag of wildly uneven artwork, so it's devilishly good to find that this vintage trove's every page bleeds rich with visual splendor as the Barcelona studio illustrators take full reign of the decor from end to end, delivering their ghoulish game in spades. From the smokily sexy to lithely delicate to the freakily nightmarish, these atmospheric pieces by Jose Gonzalez, Esteban Maroto, Jose Bea, Rafael Auraleon, Felix Mas, Ramon Torrents, Isidro Munes, and Fernando Fernandez prove sublime enough to make eyeballs drool, enticing adult sensibilities astride murderous scripting dead-set to chill the soul. Bill "Dube" DuBay also scares up a few slivers, while standout among the cover paintings the masterful brush of Enrich slays four beauties.

In light of minor production glitches cited by reviewers of earlier volumes, my expectations for Dynamite's presentation were uncertain, yet it happens that this book's design and quality construction are almost indistinguishably cloned from the wonderful series of Warren reprint editions being published by Dark Horse. Disrobe the darkly resplendent dust jacket to reveal the same-as-DH type of gold foil imprint of Vampi's iconic kisser planted center on the black crepe-webbed hardcover.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill on May 26, 2012
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Our favorite Vampiress is back and it's a bloody treat! This latest Vampirella, Archive #4 reprints everything from the 1972 Annual through to December of 1973, (issues #22 - #28) and it's classic Vampi. Right off the bat, the cover for the 1972 Annual is fabulous! Unfortunately the first tale presented in the 1972 Annual, " The Origin of Vampirella", is not as good as it should have been (which is why the text was rewritten when it was reprinted years later), but things pick right up with Issue #22. The tale "Hell From On High" by Steve Englehart is one of the best Vampirella stories since Archie Goodwin departed as writer of the series and Jose Gonzalez's work is strong and clean. Then the controversial series "Tomb of the Gods" written and illustrated by the great Esteban Maroto, presents its final tale, "Orpheus". I didn't much care for any of the previous "Tomb" stories, but I thought this was the best of the entire series. The rest of the issue is good, but sadly things end in a bit of a whimper with "Minra" by Ed Newsome. It's illustrated by the popular Felix Mas but it's just not up to par with the other stories.

Issue 23 kicks off with a nice cover by Sanjulian. The first story, "The Blood Queen of the Bayou Parish!" continues Englehart's consistent quality story telling and then Esteban Maroto gives us a lavish visual experience with "Cobra Queen". It's written by the talented Don Gult. Gult's a gifted writer and it's a shame that he wasn't used more often during this period. On the other hand Steve Skeates, who authors the next tale "Call It Companionship", was used way too often. His tales often fail to work for me. Next, illustrator Jose Bea gives us a beautiful description of horror with "The Accursed!". Bea's style of drawing is a real favorite of mine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dean Wirth on March 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is Warren at its peak, With the erotic imagery of Gonzales and Moroto, and the bleak Kafka-esque mastery of Jose Bea and Torrents and Felix Mas (especially Jose Bea!), Warren is almost completely done by Spanish artists for this volume/period. The covers are dominated by Sanjulian and Enrich, with a couple done by the inferior artists. I don't know how Gonzalez did this volume of work with such quality. He deserves and award just for that. The writing is spotty, from good to great to the occasional flash of brilliance. Some stories are in eye popping color but with art this good, you don't need it (see for yourself!) but it is a nice diversion. All that is missing is Wrightson and Corben. Looking forward to the next volume.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. BAILEY on April 6, 2012
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There seems to be more to this ARCHIVE volume than the previous 3. Dynamite has done a super job in this issue,as well as the first 3. The printing is so good, just as good or maybe better than the DARK HORSE Archives of CREEPY and EERIE. Not to say they are bad. The stories with each new Archive get more mature and the art is just other worldly. The pages come to life in front of you. The color comic sections are just superb.I believe that VAMPIRELLA did help pull WARREN out of a hole (grave) when her magazine came out. CREEPY and EERIE were dying. The only thing wrong with these editions is waiting so long between them, but something worth having is worth waiting for. I do hope that all of VAMPIRELLA is printed by DYNAMITE. I sure do hate to bring out my originals to read. Like I said there is more to this edition as it may take me until the next volume 5 is released. I will be waiting!
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