Issue #1 (October 1994)
Regular cover - Jim Balent $6.95
Artist - Arthur Adams / Writer - Kurt Busiek
Bugs: An Infestation of Fear
Vampirella and Pendragon are traveling in his caravan when they
arrive in Whitmore, North Carolina. The town is in a state of fear
as they have an infestation of giant insects which have developed
intelligence. Vampirella finds she can communicate with the insects
who have built a giant hive in the side of a mountain. Miners have
killed many of the insects and their "children" with their
blasting and the insects have retaliated. Vampirella tries to calm
the frightened townsfolk, but the local Sheriff has her and Pendragon
thrown in jail while he and his posse go to sort out the "monsters".
Vampirella escapes but is too late to save the hive whose Queen
is killed. The remaining insects vanish into the night to establish
a new colony.
This is a reprint from the Creepy Fearbook (1993), and
the Vampirella "flip" is the secondary part of the book.
About 70-80% of the pages are devoted to a two issue climax to Cain
- a sort of cybernetically enhanced government agent.
I'm sure comics aficionados will know about Cain, but I'm afraid I
never heard of him before (or after) this comic book, and the
story didn't grab me ... sorry, guys.