Fighting To Start Again With Vampirella #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Vampirella just survived a plane crash that killed almost 200 people. There was another survivor: an immortal German man named Baron Gustav Von Kriest. He caused it in an attempt to kill Vampirella. It didn’t take. Vampirella has gone to see a trauma therapist in the aftermath, but, despite her miraculous survival, the therapist doesn’t believe a word of Vampirella’s story. It doesn’t matter, of course. Vampirella is dedicated to fighting evil, and Von Kriest is readying his next play.

Vampirella #1 cover by Frank Cho
Vampirella #1 cover by Frank Cho

Vampirella #1 kicks off the next volume of Dynamite’s take on the character, and, this time, the book is being helmed by Christopher Priest and Ergün Gündüz
Naturally, Vampirella #1 has the traditional Priest dry humor accompanied by atrocity and tragedy. The graphic scene of the plane crash is an especially striking and somber opening to a comic, especially as Vampirella herself quietly (then not so quietly) tries to grapple with her failure in allowing this to happen.
Dr. Chary is a surprisingly charming character as well. He’s funny and very confident despite the weirdness he’s dealing with. 
The pacing is quite good too, and it has that traditional Priest jumping back and forth through time. The narrative remains clear, and you get a fair amount of action spread throughout.
Vampirella #1 art by Ergün Gündüz and letterer Willie Schubert
Vampirella #1 art by Ergün Gündüz and letterer Willie Schubert

Ergün Gündüz’s artwork makes all of this quite stunning. The above image of Vampirella walking the wreckage makes for a powerful scene, and there are many such scenes spread throughout the comic. There are some moments where the depth of field gets a little wonky, but those are few. His color art is strong as well, making each scene pop off the page for the reader.
Vampirella #1 gives a strong start to the fifth volume. There’s plenty of humor, the pacing is solid, and some character building is done for Vampirella as she continues her struggle to situate herself in our world. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Vampirella #1 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artist Ergün Gündüz, letterer Willie Schubert, cover artist Frank Cho, and variant cover artists Alex Ross, Joe Jusko, and Guillem March.
Final Score: 8/10

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