Review: Vampirella #7

vamp - coverThis issue marks a very interesting turn for this series.  As I was reading through it the first time I was reminded by the words on the cover “1st chapter in a new story arc!”  I took this as the equivalent promo of “A Great Jumping On Point” but as I read through, I was certain that there was something very different with this issue, and by the end I was convinced enough  that I was sure at some point that I had missed that this was also the introduction of a new creative team.  The issue read and felt so different than the previous six issues in the series have been.  Surprisingly I found that it was in fact the same creative team behind this issue.  In this story Vampirella travels to the Kabal, where she learns of its role, similar but different to what she has been doing before.  As the Queen of the Nosferatu, she is requested as an agent for this shadowy group, an association of monsters hoping to keep the status quo with humanity so that they are not driven to extinction.

As it becomes clear to Vampirella that she must join the ranks of this group, it ties in the first half of the issue, an almost pleasant introduction to a woman about to succumb to an ancient evil.  The entire reading experience was far outside of what one might expect from the character and the series.  There was only limited gore, and while there was some sexual scenes, there was a complete absence of Vampirella’s costume except on the cover.  Instead she is presented as less of a sex object and more as a real hero.

In the end, a fairly intricate story is introduced, and Vampirella joins the Kabal and is off to solve her first case.  That the issue ends in somewhat the same way as how it started is a good touch, as it makes the story feel both ongoing and circular.  This is a far more serious take on the character than any that I have seen.  Numerous reboots have been attempted on Vampirella, but it seems that they invariably end up being taken not seriously enough, paying too much homage to her roots as a cult status sex symbol.  If the character is going to survive long term with any publisher, then an approach similar to the one here is needed, where Vampirella is a hero first and a sex symbol second.

Story: Nancy A. Collins Art: Patrick Berkenkotter
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.