Early Review: Vampirella #1

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Posted by Zack Freeman (683 posts) - - Show Bio

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Vampirella re-emerges in the urban jungle to track down the mysterious "Le Fanu" - - a vampire madam behind an insidious "biter club."

The Good

Reis' art is just exquisite.  Lush shadows, rich detail and enough dynamic license to properly balance the realism. He really gave this the right mix of urban horror and romantic adventure.  Trautman's script breaks Vampi's struggle against the vampires down into something alternately heroic, tragic and perverse - - and there's a complexity I could glom to. I was also really charmed by the back-up feature by the memorable duo of Loeb and Sale. It gives a very Robert E. Howard "secret origin" to Vampirella.

The Bad

Pulling from what I know of Vampi (and from the opening recap,) I think she was a princess of an alien planet of vampires at one point. I hope this new incarnation touches on that later on, because the extended opening - - a gender-swapped riff on the typical "back-alley mugging prevention" - - felt a bit too down-to-Earth for a character who screams to be “over the top.”

The Verdict - 4/5

Vampirella’s a title I’ve been curious about for many years but never actually gotten a chance to read on account of how inconsistently it was stocked. This is a strong, accessible debut with some real mood and character to it - - I just hope it's going to get as outrageous as I've understood the character to be.

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#1 Edited by Jordanstine (943 posts) - - Show Bio

Off topic but y'know... it'd be really vool (vampire term for kool which in turn is the cooler term for cool) Vampirella needs to put a team together, and going by her Halloween + Disney character name moniker: 
     
- Snow Werewolf  
- The Little Merman 
- Mummy and the Beast 
- Lilo and Stitch of Frankenstein  
 
P.S.  
I miss Vampi. 
 
    

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#2 Posted by spider-man 2996 (726 posts) - - Show Bio

It's a very revealing cover
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#3 Posted by Tweeker (13 posts) - - Show Bio

Well sex sells.

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#4 Posted by Asymmetrical (23749 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm so excited to get this issue this week!

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#5 Posted by Silkcuts (6040 posts) - - Show Bio

Looking fwd to this. 
 
@aztek the lost said:

" I'm so excited to get this issue this week! "
Me too, my comics where messed up last week like I told you, so I have a heavier week with this :D
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#6 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4172 posts) - - Show Bio

I am looking forward to getting my hands on this issue and can't wait to see if Dynamite teams her up with Chastity or against Purgatori at all.

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#7 Posted by NightFang3 (12008 posts) - - Show Bio
@tweeker said:
" Well sex sells. "
Sex always sell and there's nothing wrong with it!
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#8 Posted by Eyz (3187 posts) - - Show Bio
@NightFang said:
" @tweeker said:
" Well sex sells. "
Sex always sell and there's nothing wrong with it! "
And it even works both ways.
Look at how Hugh Jackman is promoted for any of the X-men films~
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#9 Posted by NightFang3 (12008 posts) - - Show Bio
@Eyz said:
" @NightFang said:
" @tweeker said:
" Well sex sells. "
Sex always sell and there's nothing wrong with it! "
And it even works both ways. Look at how Hugh Jackman is promoted for any of the X-men films~ "
Now thats just creepy, lol.
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#10 Posted by Eyz (3187 posts) - - Show Bio
@NightFang: I'm pretty sure lots of girls felt in love with him after that~
Everyone gets some "cheesecake", dudes or dudettes :P
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#11 Posted by NightFang3 (12008 posts) - - Show Bio
@Eyz: Yeah, but you would never think they would do that with him, but all well.
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#12 Posted by ImperiousRix (1144 posts) - - Show Bio

I dunno... I'd feel kinda icky picking up Vampirella for some reason.

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#13 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4172 posts) - - Show Bio
@ImperiousRix said:
" I dunno... I'd feel kinda icky picking up Vampirella for some reason. "
Really? You do know that is one of the hundred variant covers right?
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#14 Posted by ImperiousRix (1144 posts) - - Show Bio
@Nova`Prime`:  
Yeah, I know, but just the artwork and concept in general. 
Not necessarily just the cover.  I dunno, I said I don't know why.
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#15 Posted by Luthorcrow (178 posts) - - Show Bio
@NightFang said:
" @Eyz: Yeah, but you would never think they would do that with him, but all well. "

Really?  In view people seemed to gravitate either to Hugh Jackman shirtless (chicks, etc.) or Stewart/Mckellan conflict. Aside from Mystic there was zero female sex appeal in those flicks. They took one of the hottest women of our times Halle and made her sexless.

So clearly if it was sex appeal being sold it was Jack.  

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#16 Posted by Video_Martian (5650 posts) - - Show Bio
@tweeker said:
" Well sex sells. "
that's not necessarily a bad thing ;)
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#17 Posted by Silkcuts (6040 posts) - - Show Bio

I just saw all the covers... I want them all.
The Alex Ross Chase cover is the best.

 Alex Ross Chase Cover
 Alex Ross Chase Cover
I want the Virgin cover, but its so expensive :(
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#18 Posted by Agnosia (79 posts) - - Show Bio
@Silkcuts said:
" I just saw all the covers... I want them all.
The Alex Ross Chase cover is the best.
 Alex Ross Chase Cover
 Alex Ross Chase Cover
I want the Virgin cover, but its so expensive :( "
anything Ross touches is gold
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#19 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4172 posts) - - Show Bio

Just curious but why are the non-existent nipples blurred out?

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#20 Posted by Silkcuts (6040 posts) - - Show Bio
@Agnosia: Gold indeed.
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#21 Posted by difficlus (10659 posts) - - Show Bio
@NightFang said:
" @tweeker said:
" Well sex sells. "
Sex always sell and there's nothing wrong with it! "
sometimes when its obvious there are using sex to advertise something it gets a little too...idk just explotive. 
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#22 Posted by Nova`Prime` (4172 posts) - - Show Bio
@difficlus said:
"sometimes when its obvious there are using sex to advertise something it gets a little too...idk just explotive.  "
True, but this is nothing new with Vampirella, she's had this look for over four decades.
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#23 Posted by kim0217 (15 posts) - - Show Bio

i am looking foreword to this i love vampi 

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#24 Posted by car_119 (125 posts) - - Show Bio

I READ THE FIRST ISSUE OF VAMPIRELLA AND WHAT CAN I SAY ?,.......... I LIKED IT A LOT AND DO WISH MORE ADVENTURES OF HER. OH AND BY THE WAY, DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT , U GUYS  REALLY DID A GOOD JOB AND KEEP IT UP.

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#25 Posted by Judge_Dredd (172 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked this comic a lot, this issue with the narration and gritty street action is retro in maybe a Frank Miller kind of way, I like it. And high-heel violence!

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