Mother-Daughter Bonding In Vampirella #3

by Josh Davison

Vampirella recounts a story wherein she fought a cult of vampires to save an abducted child. The story ends with a demonic entity springing from the child’s chest and paralyzing Vampirella, leaving her to almost be eaten by wolves. Fortunately–or unfortunately–Lilith, Vampirella’s mother, arrives to save her daughter. After this, Lilith arrives in Dr. Chary’s office to further chastise Vampirella and almost give Chary a heart attack. This encourages Chary to try and get to the bottom of Ella and Lilith’s relationship and to find out what exactly Vampirella wants out of her life at this moment.

Vampirella #3 cover by J. Scott Campbell
Vampirella #3 cover by J. Scott Campbell

Vampirella #3 dives further into the psyche of Vampirella and dissects her tumultuous relationship with her mom. Chary tries to figure out what exactly is going on between these two and if it can be fixed to any degree.
Funnily enough, the comic also toys with Vampirella’s origin(s) and the various other continuities for the character put forth by Dynamite’s various Vampirella volumes.
There is still plenty of action, particularly in that opening segment with the vampires that kidnapped the kid. 
That said, the thrust of the comic is trying to drill down to why Vampirella does as she does, why her mother is so obsessed with her, and where she is going in this life. It’s some fun head-shrinking, the kind of which we often see in Christopher Priest books. It doesn’t quite reach a point yet, but it does give enough of meat as to indicate that there will be a conclusion to this.
Ergün Gündüz’s once again provides some highly compelling art, even if some of the faces look a little strange in this one. Also, Dr. Chary looks ridiculously like Samuel L. Jackson in this issue, but that’s a good thing. The opening action sequence looks fantastic. The color work is solid too, giving a great contrast to the book so that the visuals pop.
Vampirella #3 provides an interesting dissection of the title character while also bringing her mother into the mix. It’s funny, engaging, and looks damn good to boot. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Vampirella #3 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artist Ergün Gündüz, letterer Willie Schubert, cover artist J. Scott Campbell, and variant cover artists Guillem March, Fay Dalton, and Ergün Gündüz.
Final Score: 8/10

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