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Vampirella Strikes Paperback – November 19, 2013
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The art is lovely and the trade paperback is full color. The story is meaty and has a lot of action. As well, there is a LOT of gore and horror in there - definitely not for younger kids, obviously. The story has several layers and the actions of all concerned often have hidden or cross purposes. Of course, the angels are anything but angelic and the demons prove surprisingly loyal and self sacrificing. There's a lot of biblical pontification and Vampirella gets to kick a lot of butt.
I found this enjoyable but as a personal taste, just a bit too much gore and T&A. Vampirella fans will rejoice that although she starts out fully clad, by the third chapter, she's down to the ribbon suit.
Provided by the publisher as an ARC.
They find themselves in a bar known as Switzerland, a sort of neutral ground where supposedly everyone is safe. Except they then find themselves targeted and end up fighting large demonic dogs in an arena. It turns out that there is a black market for the organs and blood of angels, and an angel can't return home without all of their organs. Sound confusing? It kind of was.
The story by Thomas E. Sniegoski was pretty good and got better as it went along. I liked the relationship between Vampirella and Janus as they tried to solve the case. Art by Johnny Desjardins was a little bland at times. The angels and demons were kind of colorless. This might have been a design choice but I wasn't impressed. Good story, so-so art. Included is a cover gallery for all 6 issues represented here.
I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
Meanwhile there's Janus, who is trying to keep the demons and fallen angels in line. No easy task, that. Janus would like to get in good with God but he thinks he's blown his chance so he walks the earth yada yada. Janus doesn't have breasts and characters like him have been done to death. Fortunately he joins forces with Vampirella and the story starts zooming along. At some point Vampirella (for no apparent reason) gets to dress in a little outfit that makes her look like she's wearing a couple of narrow seatbelts across her boobs. It's a good look and I hope it catches on.
The "a great war is raging in Heaven" storyline is far from original, but matching it with a drug made from supernatural blood is kinda cool. The quality of the prose is impressive. It's a step above the usual demon slayer storytelling.
The art has a nice sense of grittiness, particularly the street scenes. Of course, it's also gory, what with dangling eyeballs and shredded torsos. Well done.