4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2013
[Vampirella Volume 1: Crown of Worms TP - Eric Trautmann, author - 2011 - Dynamite Publications]
For my money, the newer Vampi stories written by Eric Trautmann are among the best and truest to our beloved character, never looking backward, never ignoring what has come before, and always improving on the elements we've come to love and expect from this iconic (and very first) badass supernatural supervixen. Compiled here are the first seven issues of Dynamite Publications ongoing (and still worth reading) series, with fantastic artwork by Fabio Neves (#1-6) and Walter Geovanni (#7). This collection also benefits greatly from the most extensive and gorgeous cover art gallery in any Dynamite collection yet.
Trautmann has given Vampi a welcomed character makeover - she's smarter, jaded, cynical, cunning, more visceral and methodically murderous when she has to be than in the past. She's a female version of Joss Whedon's 'Angel' character, only more complex and much easier on the eyes - much, much easier. The story moves briskly, is darker than those that preceded it, the body count elevated, the kills brutal and occasionally humorous (and I wonder why I scare people). On top of all that, Dracula emerges again, though this time in a different form, there's a Lovecraftian element I can't go into here, and Vampi gains a human sidekick by the time the saga concludes. What more could one possibly ask for?
Don't be put off by the cover art (which is facially childish, unless you're one of J. Scott Campbell's legion of fans of pin-up 'good girl' art) - there's none of that inside, and that's what made me wait so long to add this one to my collection. Amazon's 'Look Inside' feature finally made me see the light of greatness within the book. If you possess even a mild interest in this character, you owe it to yourself to wear this 'Crown of Worms' proudly.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
I have always found Vampirella to be the most interesting character, originally designed by the late Frank Frazetta. Everytime I tried to buy a comic or novel it was just to campy, weird or just not serious enough for me. Finally they have done it. The graphic Novel is increadible. The story is right on the money. The art team combination of the penciler, inker, and colorist is some of the best artwork I've seen in years. Believe me I have the right to say this as I am also an artist. I can't wait for the next graphic novels to come out. It's mine already! I recommend this book to anyone that feels the same way about Vampirella! Theodore Riddle