The Host Awakens Cranky In Vampirella #7

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
There is a disturbance. The Host awakens. A man called the Saint is sent to find Vampirella, sprouting large golden wings as he begins his search. Vampirella and Benny have gone to the British Virgin Islands for a vacation. They’re on a nude beach, but a local cop still hassles Benny over his lack of clothes. Later, while she’s feeding on a deer, the Saint finds Vampirella and coaxes her back to follow him to the Host through promises of a way back to Drakulon. Meanwhile, Benny is taken by the local cops. Back home, Victory is startled to find Vampirella gone and goes to visit Mother Mary. After Victory leaves Mary, Drake arrives.

Vampirella #7 cover by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Paul Mounts
Vampirella #7 cover by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Paul Mounts

Vampirella #7 finds our hero on an uneasy vacation with Benny that is, of course, interrupted by bizarre and supernatural occurrences. A new party is looking for Vampirella and they have a beautiful winged man on their side.
We also get more character out of Benny. What was once a pretentious and sarcastic man claiming to be a witch is brought low and he shows a degree of vulnerability and depth. By contrast, Victory shows a bit of a vindictive side, though she does have plenty of reason to be upset.
The Host and the Saint aren’t explained yet, though Vampirella seems quite certain that the Saint is human.
Surprisingly, there are no scenes of Dr. Chary and the therapist’s couch in this issue. Everything takes place in the “past,” though the airplane catastrophe is foreshadowed once.
Giovanni Timpano joins as a guest artist in this issue, though we still get a few pages from Ergün Gündüz. Timpano brings a different, more comic book-y aesthetic to the comic and it looks quite good. He brings some striking poses and uses shadow quite well. Ergün Gündüz still puts in some good work in the Victory scenes and both make this a good-looking comic, even if their styles are very different. He and Flavio Dispenza bring some bright and well-contrasted color work to the comic as well and it does a lot for Vampirella.
Vampirella #7 is a relatively slow issue, though there are some interesting new players introduced. Benny is made a more endearing character, and Vampirella enters a strange new world of Hosts and winged men. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Vampirella #7 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artist Ergün Gündüz and Giovanni Tempano, color artists Flavio Dispenza and Ergün Gündüz, letterer Willie Schubert, cover artist Amanda Conner with Jimmy Palmiotti and Paul Mounts, and variant cover artists Guillem March; Fay Dalton; and Ergün Gündüz.
Final Score: 7.5/10

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