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Review: Aliens/Vampirella

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Two iconic horror franchises collide, as Vampirella – the fan-favorite supernatural heroine – faces the most nightmarish creatures ever to appear in cinema: the Xenomorphs from Alien! As the first human colony on Mars digs deeper into the crimson soil, they discover the catacombs of a hibernating civilization, tens of thousands of years old. The evidence suggests that they are Nosferatu, an ancient and sinister species that Vampirella is all too familiar with. Called to the Red Planet to investigate, the monster hunter and her human allies find a chamber with hundreds of ellipsoidal, leathery eggs… and after they hatch, the true horror begins. In space, no one can hear Vampirella scream!

Aliens/Vampirella is a surprising blend of characters to pit against each other. The underground martian city built by the Nosferatu is an oddly brilliant choice to add to it all especially as the comic reveals how the Nosferatu got to Mars, and why they left earth. Unfortunately, there’s something else that’s unexpected, a Xenomorph egg. That is the beginning of the end for their civilization. Yet in a way, it’s the beginning of this tale, as humanity discovers their city and the cycle is repeated.

Much to my surprise, the art is more science fiction influenced than the horror I expected given the two title characters. Which oddly works well, given the nature of the story. You don’t see much of the martian landscape, which is a slight shame I think. Between the Nosferatu and humanity, the changes would make for an interesting sight. Setting that aside, the action is well drawn, and doesn’t skimp on the blood.

Story: Corinna Bechko Art: Javier Garcia-Miranda
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Aliens / Vampirella HC

Aliens / Vampirella HC

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Javier Garcia-Miranda
cover: Gabriel Hardman
FC • 152 pages • $24.99 • Teen+
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Two iconic horror franchises collide, as Vampirella – the fan-favorite supernatural heroine – faces the most nightmarish creatures ever to appear in cinema: the Xenomorphs from Alien! As the first human colony on Mars digs deeper into the crimson soil, they discover the catacombs of a hibernating civilization, tens of thousands of years old. The evidence suggests that they are Nosferatu, an ancient and sinister species that Vampirella is all too familiar with. Called to the Red Planet to investigate, the monster hunter and her human allies find a chamber with hundreds of ellipsoidal, leathery eggs… and after they hatch, the true horror begins. In space, no one can hear Vampirella scream!

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Preview: Aliens vs Vampirella #6

Aliens vs Vampirella #6

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Javier García-Miranda
cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive cover: Gabriel Hardman (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Aliens / Vampirella reaches its action-packed conclusion! Can Vampirella convince the resurrected Nosferatu to unite with humanity against a common foe? Can even Vampirella survive an encounter with a Xenomorph Queen/Vampire hybrid? The fate of every person left on Mars, both living and undead, hangs in the balance!

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Preview: Aliens/Vampirella #5

Aliens/Vampirella #5

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Javier García-Miranda
cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive cover: Gabriel Hardman (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The death toll mounts, and the fate of the Xenomorph that hatched from within Vampirella stands revealed!

Meanwhile, the Martian Base pays the price for its mistrust of Vampirella as she and Lars deal with a horrifying threat that predates human history.

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Preview: Aliens/Vampirella #4

Aliens/Vampirella #4

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Javier García-Miranda
cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive cover: Gabriel Hardman (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The action intensifies as Vampirella discovers an unlikely ally, but is it already too late to save the human Martian colony? With a supply ship ready to dock and the alien threat growing, Vampirella fears that even the Earth is in danger.

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Preview: Aliens/Vampirella #3

Aliens/Vampirella #3

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Javier García-Miranda
cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive cover: Gabriel Hardman (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Trapped in an ancient underground base, outnumbered by lethal xenomorphs after all rescue attempts have failed, Vampirella and Lars are in for the fight of their lives. Their only hope is their allies on the surface, but how much trust can a vampire ever put in a human?

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Preview: Purgatori TP

Purgatori TP

writer: Aaron Gillespie
artist: Javier Garcia-Miranda
cover: Nei Ruffino
FC • 152 pages • $17.99 • Teen+

Behold… Purgatori, the vampire goddess! Born a slave in ancient Alexandria, she refused the life of servitude, rising up against her masters and claiming an unnatural power as her own. In her long life, she has dined on kings and queens, and toppled countless empires across the globe… but now, she finds herself again on her knees, a slave to her unquenchable thirst!

Lucifer, the lord of Hell, has stripped Purgatori of most of her power and exiled her to Earth, where her insatiable need for blood threatens to overwhelm her sanity. Her only hope for regaining her full stature is by acquiring the Chalice of Regeneration, a cup from antiquity lost to the desert sands. But Purgatori has a rival for the prize, an old enemy with an intense grudge. And even if the vampire goddess can once again attain her former glory, can she withstand the machinations of Lucifer, the weaponsmith Cremator, and Purgatori’s own blood clone?

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Preview: Aliens/Vampirella #2

Aliens / Vampirella #2

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Javier García-Miranda
cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive cover: Gabriel Hardman (B/W cover)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

With the Xenomorphs awakened – the Martian base is in mortal danger. But can Vampirella win the trust of her human companions in time to launch a counter attack?

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Review: Aliens/Vampirella #1

AliensVampi01-Cov-A-HardmanThe quest for a good story is what drives all readers and writers to buy books, comics and magazines by the truckloads every year. As the human mind, yearns for distraction and entertainment, and with so many avenues to get to it, the possibilities are infinite. Through it all, comics have stood the test of time, ultimately proving that it will be the premiere medium for storytelling. Case in point, this event series, Aliens/Vampirella, from Dynamite Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics, is a story that only could have existed in comics.

As the only time that Vampirella, made it to the silver screen, it was box office flop, back in the 80s, coming of more like a running joke. While, the many incarnations that Aliens, have existed on the big screen, have yielded mixed results. So no matter how good this story sounded, this would have never made it as a movie. Thankfully, for comics’ readers, this story has perfect execution and gorgeous art.

The comic opens up with Vampirella, being sent to a base colony on Mars, to handle the threat from the Aliens, who have been hunting vampires. She is assisted by the base colony staff, where she finds a trail of vampire bodies sodomized by the Aliens and a nest of alien eggs. Before long, Vampirella and the base colony staff are attacked by those famous Alien parasites form the Alien movies. The first issue ends with a re-creation of one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time

This first issue is a nice start to what seems like what would be a very interesting miniseries. The story by Corinna Bechko, is off to a great start, melding the two worlds into one, and what looks almost like the Batman Vs Aliens series, in the best ways. The art by Javier Garcia-Miranda, pops off the pages and feels as though it was meant to be animated. Overall, a solid first issue in what promises to be what everyone loves about alternate history in the tradition of Marvel’s What If?!.

Story: Corinna Bechko Art: Javier Garcia-Miranda
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: BUY

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Aliens/Vampirella #1

Aliens/Vampirella #1

writer: Corinna Bechko
artist: Javier García-Miranda
cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive cover: Gabriel Hardman (B/W cover)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Humans have begun to colonize Mars, but something ancient and sinister got there first. Now Vampirella is faced with a mystery only she can solve, and the bloody realization that some monsters should never be awakened.

Writer Corinna Bechko says, “I’ve loved Alien since I first saw it as a kid on a crummy old TV in a well-lit room and got scared half to death anyway. Now that I have the chance to add a little corner to that universe I couldn’t be happier. And pitting such an implacable horror against Vampirella? That’s a meeting that definitely produces very fertile story-telling ground. The Alien franchise has always thrived with strong women in the lead. Smart, self-assured Vampirella is a joy to write for, even when she may have met her match.”

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