Those who think the various Vampirella series running over the years have offered little or no growth of the character need to read this week’s Vampirella #36. In this tale of Halloween-style horrors, our blood-sucking heroine proves a new leadership role in that realm has brought about a maturity and, well, an uncommon intellect that reflects the growth Vampirella has underwent.
Writer Brandon Jerwa proves that Vampirella is worth more to Dynamite than just sexy covers and calendars. There is meat to this character and amid a horror-studded backdrop, she fights and faces terrors that fill the adventure with a sense of ultimate doom. Jerwa does not take the easy way out at any juncture in the story, keeping even the casual reader on his or her toes.
Aiding this tale of tension are the beautiful and moody illustrations of artist Patrick Berkenkotter. Rarely has Vampirella been rendered so soulfully, gorgeous in her poses as well as powerful in her emotions and action sequences. Some of the panel arrangements are thrilling as they follow the script’s action, with just the one or two odd body angles to remind us this is a comic book. Superb overall.
Adam Van Helsing actually comes out a bit interesting in this yarn, harkening back to the flavor of the vampire crews in Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula. Different flavor of characters, of course, but in that same … well, vein.
If you are looking for a swift read and some good looking art, you can do a whole lot worse than this tale of leadership in development … this tale of Vampirella.