The Fan-Service Crossover – Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 Review

by Josh Davison

[**Mild Spoilers Ahead]
A ship nears Barsoom’s atmosphere and is expected to crash near the dead city of Aaanthor. After some convincing of her grandfather, Dejah Thoris strikes out to investigate the crash site. Wild animals of the Martian landscape attack Dejah, but the ship cracks open to reveal a mysterious figure. This person saves her and is revealed to be none other than Vampirella.

Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 cover by Jay Anacleto and Rain Beredo
Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 cover by Jay Anacleto and Rain Beredo

Two of Dynamite’s most popular properties cross over with Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1. It’s something of an odd couple, with the quirky and hyperactive Vampirella contrasting the more regal and restrained Dejah.
It also has some more…naked intentions beyond just getting Vampirella to meet Dejah.
I know that seems a bit ridiculous to even criticize the comic for this given the famously slight costume of Vampirella and the barbarian-inspired attire of Dejah Thoris, but the comic makes its fan-service by way of T&A intentions beyond obvious throughout the course of the comic.
It goes beyond just having two near-nude women meeting in a comic. The costumes only betray the obviousness of such intents. More recent Red Sonja stories have succeeded in presenting their chainmail bikini-ed hero without making it feel so exploitative. Posing, framing, and positioning are the true indicators of the comic’s goal, this comic almost trips over itself to show off the bodies of Vampirella and Dejah.
And that’s not inherently bad; I will likely never purchase a Boundless comic, but I won’t deny that type of comic’s right to exist. Here, it’s just a bit insulting and gross given that these characters do have a purpose beyond showing their asses off to the reader. That’s not even mentioning the dehumanizing nature of it all.
The story’s pretty bog-standard once you get around the boobs and butts. Dejah has vague technology that may be able to help Vampirella’s people, but Helium is worried the ship entering the atmosphere may spark a conflict with a neighboring state.
Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 art by Ediano Silva and Dinei Ribeiro
Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 art by Ediano Silva and Dinei Ribeiro

Ediano Silva and Dinei Ribeiro provide some good artwork and coloring, but it is hard to maneuver around the visual cues to stare at Dejah’s ass. That detracts from the visual quality to a significant degree.
Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 isn’t the most exciting crossover in the world. Once you get past the comic’s need to show off its hero’s bodies, there isn’t much to say about the book. The art style is mostly nice, and the story isn’t awful. However, neither feels particularly inspired either. In the end, I can’t recommend this one.
Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 is created by writer Erik Burnham, artist Ediano Silva, color artist Dinei Ribeiro, letterer from A Large World Studios Troy Peteri, cover artists Jay Anacleto with Rain Beredo, and variant cover artists Carlo Pagulayan with Wil Quintana, Stephen Segovia with Elmer Santos, Joe Jusko, and Maria Sanapo with Ceci de la Cruz.

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