Vampirella #1 Review
Writer: Kate Leth
Cover: Chrissie Zullo, Sergio Davila and Ivan Nunes (variant)
Art: Eman Casallos
Alright. I feel like I’m running in circles in this issue. Some of what I’m reading seems pointless. I’m sure it’s not good to open a review with negativity, but it is what is.
The opening panels has Vampirella and a new groupie Juliette on a rooftop overlooking the city. I don’t know why, but it seems like she’s trying to scare Juliette? Don’t really see how that help anything. Speaking of, we do get more back story on Juliette, if you can call it that. Also, we get a look into the past of our big bad villain Slade. There seems to be a pattern her. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you will.
It seems that Kate Leth likes to throw flashbacks and back stories at us. Nothing wrong with that, but it doesn’t really seem to be moving the story along. It is an attempt to help unfold the plot, but I feel like it some of could have been handled in previous issues. I know that this is only number three, but I need something big to happen. Maybe I am just a little impatient. I am sure Kate Leth is more than capable of providing that flair and dynamism that I am looking for.
While we’re on the topic of flair, Eman Casallos tries to give us just that, except it doesn’t need all of the elements we are getting. For instance, this book almost tries to hard at being spooky and mysterious. It’s okay to tone it down some. What really needs to be toned down here is the inking. Really heavy for no reason. There are panels with lots of light, so there isn’t a need for shadows to be too dark. I understand what’s going on in this book, but the amount of big solid black could really be spared.
There are a few positives. Juliette is experiencing some growth. Although she went from smooth and mysterious to can’t handle some of these situations. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. She is a (mostly) normal character who is relatable. I do enjoy the character designs. The fashion and the way they make the monsters look bad is good. I do see the characters aren’t too serious, and that really balances the moodiness.