Vampirella #1 (Review) Fall From Grace!
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist & Colorist: Ergun Gunduz
Letterer: Willie Schubert
Editor: Matt Idelson
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
Cover A: Frank Cho
Cover B: Alex Ross
Cover C: Joe Jusko
Cover D: Guillem March
Cover E: Cosplay Cover
***1st Issue Spoilers***
Let’s start off with congratulations to Dynamite Entertainment for celebrating Vampirella’s 50th Anniversary with a series relaunch that has already broken this publisher’s single issue sales numbers at 130K, not including (I believe) store exclusives. To quote a famous movie, “Most Impressive”. That aside, I must say this long time Vampirella fan was disappointed with this milestone 1st issue. Granted, it is just the first issue and I’m not sure where he might be headed with this. I understand that they wanted to reinvent the character, however, if it’s not going to stay true to the horror genre, why call the book Vampirella? As a long time comic book fan I do understand how some stories can tend to have a slow start with a what the hell did I just read? I really hope this was the case.
Christopher Priest was the writer of this 1st issue, and how long he stays in this capacity is of course up to the publisher. I was hoping for more since he’s worked for just about everyone in the business from editor, writer, he even co-created Quantum & Woody. Even though I was confused about how this first issue read, to say the least, I still have faith that he has the chops to take Vampirella to new heights. Only time will tell, and as a long time fan, I’m on board either way.
Ergun Gunduz has done all the art and doubled as his own colorist as well. This worked beautifully in some spots as well as failing in others. However, Ergun has Vampirella (when we see her in costume) perfectly down pat. A great example is a splash page he does in this issue on page 18 just incredible, a truly breathtaking image in her classic beauty. He is one of the top European comic book creators, originally from Turkey and got his start at the age of sixteen in his country’s most popular humor magazine. Since then he has accomplished quite a spectacular career as both a writer and artist. If his work here is any indication, he won’t be slowing down anytime soon, although I’d like to see someone else take over as colorist so he could spend more time on his art.
Vampirella #1 is about to hit store shelves, so you better be ready, as there is no shortage of covers for this one. Who am I kidding, Dynamite is the home of multiple covers for years now. You’ll spend more time trying to decide which cover or covers to get on this new number one issue. Buy one or buy them all just don’t miss this book! Happy 50th Vampirella!
- Cover Art
Congratulations to Dynamite Entertainment for celebrating Vampirella’s 50th Anniversary