Vampirella #6 (Review) Let It Be
Writer Christopher Priest
Artist & Colorist Ergun Gunduz
Letterer Willie Schubert
Editor Matt Idelson
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
Cover A Artgerm
Cover B Guillem March
Cover C Fay Dalton
Cover D Ergun Gunduz
Cover E Cos-Play Cover
Anyone that knows the author of this series (at this point) knows his long game can be special. This is one of those times. I find it interesting that Vampirella is on the couch of a psychologist telling him everything and he isn’t running for cover as of yet. What is more disturbing, however, is the hit squad of nuns led by Mother Mary, who Vampirella had “relations” with which is delved into more in this issue. Each of the nun hit squad has slightly different and horrific headgear. Have you caught onto my title yet? Yes as soon as her name was mentioned all I can hear in the back of my mind while reading this is Let It Be from the Beatles. Not a bad soundtrack for inspiration. There was one-panel in the last issue that cracked me up. It was the angle of the Doctor’s head with the gray in his hair. It looked like he was wearing a wig from the bride of Frankenstein.
All in all, it’s been an excellent run so far, however, you need to be able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together as they are given to you. Lot’s of past tense, flash-forwards, and the here and now are happening in this title, so you need to be able to follow along. Much of what happens will possibly catch you off guard as it’s meant to. To put it bluntly, it’s a battle between Vampirella and her mother while the world spins out of control.
Christopher Priest is the writer for at least the first arc of this newest volume of Vampirella. Hopefully, he’ll remain in this book for a good long time. I’ll admit I was leery when I read his first issue. When I started reading the second and third issues I began to put many of these moving parts together. Yes, I went back and re-read them. Then everything started to make perfect sense of how he was weaving this blood-soaked tapestry together. His opening story so far seems to be one of the best Vampirella stories to come along in years.
Ergun Gunduz is the artist and colorist on this book and has some of the best panel to panel art, to say nothing of his beautiful splash pages. So his faces are wonderful, my only complaint is that, even though it looks good, it is not dark enough for me. I’m a long time Vampirella fan from the old black and white magazine days, and I’d like to just see a darker tone in the book.
We’re six issues into Vampirella and things are really starting to heat up on all fronts. It’s loaded with the most consistently good art that the title has seen in a good long while, to say nothing of some of the most incredible covers in comics today, and that’s saying a lot. The Artgerm acetate cover is, of course, my favorite cover. You may have seen on Outright Geekery that the cover sold out on the distributors level. Dynamite did, however, overprint the run by 20%, so if you’re lucky enough to get one of those, if I were you (after I read it of course) I’d get it graded or, at the very least, put it in a top-loader or mylar until you can get that beauty signed. Even though I’m a long time Vampirella fan I highly recommend this entire series. I’d say for more mature readers, of course, read what you like and you’ll love this read. Please Like, Comment, Share, and of course Keep, it Geek!
The most consistently good art.