[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Vampirella tells Dr. Chary about where her mind was at a year ago in Los Angeles. She was bored and felt like she was wasting her life, and her mother’s input wasn’t helping these feelings. After a while, she met someone, and that helped put Vampirella’s mind at ease. She even joined a group of Catholic nuns intent on snuffing out supernatural evil. However, her mother’s judgement was never too far behind.
Vampirella #2 continues this captivating new start for the blood-sucking hero. She feels like her life has gone off the rails, and we are figuring out exactly how that happened.
Once again, the Priest dry humor and clear-eyed presentation of atrocity are out in full force, and that suits Vampirella very well. Priest also has a knack for writing characters that are either morally ambivalent or, at least, don’t fit into the traditional superhero archetype. Vampirella falls into that category for sure.
The ennui is accompanied by a predilection with religion and God. Dr. Chary is a practicing Christian, and Vampirella reveals that she was running with a squad of gun-toting nuns for a time. Vampirella is forced to grapple with her own beliefs about the divine and what “good” and “evil” actually amount to in the world as well as why she does what she does.
Ergün Gündüz’s artwork continues to be stellar, and its own realistic styling and plain depictions of the comic’s events coincide with Priest’s dry storytelling. It gels very well. Make now mistake though; the action scenes are still damn cool. The color art is bright and keeps the scenes very clearly lit, and that serves the book well too.
Vampirella #2 shows that this series is in good hands with Priest and Gündüz. The story is compelling, Vampirella is dealing with relatable and interesting personal problems, and the artwork is phenomenal. I’m definitely interested in seeing where this take on the character leads, and I can easily give this one a recommendation. Check it out.
Vampirella #2 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artist Ergün Gündüz, letterer Willie Schubert, cover artist Artgerm, and variant cover artists Guillem March, Fay Dalton, and Ergün Gündüz.
Final Score: 8.5/10