CBI Review – VAMPIRELLA #1
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Eman Casallos
Cover: Chrissie Zullo, Jay Anecleto (Connecting variant), Tula Lotay (variant), Tony Fleecs (Connecting Subscription variant) Blank Variant, Ming Doyle (Retailer Incentive variant), Nicola Scott (25 copy Unique variant) Tula Lotay (Retailer Shared Exclusive Signup variant)
Four pages into the book and we’ve got ourselves a situation. People are losing their minds and their lives. Vampirella has found herself a new home in the Hollywood Hills of California. She doesn’t get the privacy she expected and decides that it’s time to lay low for a while. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean she’s gonna let evil run rampant.
I have to admit that this was my first experience with a Vampirella comic. No I didn’t do any research to see what her character is supposed to be like, so this review won’t be a comparison to any older books. What this comic does have is sex, monsters, death, and sketchy characters. Sounds alright, but it also has plenty of holes and I have plenty of questions.
We’ve got our bad guy and her goons. The goons seem to be coming for Vampirella in the name of our bad guy, but they want Vampirella to stay away? Odd. Yes we have a new outfit, but I don’t see how it was supposed to help Vampirella’s goal if she’s continuing to do what she’s been doing. I do like the outfit though. Don’t let the cover deter you from opening the book. Its not bad, and sometimes a good change is needed.
Eman Casallos’s art is pretty good. Sometimes the characters can seem a bit stiff, but other times the characters are done well. He does well with expressive faces, and the dramatic scenes seem decent. Kate Leth’s writing was alright. Again, I have no prior experience with Vampirella, so I don’t know if the character was spot on or not. However, some things did have loose ends. It is the first of the new series, so I can give it time.