FALL (October 2007)
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Vengeance of Vampirella (parts 3 and 4)
Artist - Stephen Segovia (pt. 3), Noah Salonga (pt. 4)/ Writer - Joshua Hale Fialkov
"By the hand of his greatest enemy, Chaos was set free".
Fire and brimstone rain down from the skies, buildings crumble and demons walk the Earth. In the middle of it all, Vampirella takes on the Blood Red Queen and Chaos. As Vampirella falls, Pendragon appears out of the smoke and debris
- and he's not alone!
With a compliment of other magicians he'd met in his travels they take on Chaos, giving Vampirella the breathing space she needs to recuperate and a much needed power boost. Chaos and Adam van Helsing are inextricably entwined and to
destroy Chaos Vampirella must kill her lover, Adam. Which she does ... yet when Chaos is defeated, Adam still lives.
Out of the desolation Vampirella, Adam and Pendragon walk into a new future.
Lurker in the Deep
José Gonzalez, art; Archie Goodwin, story
(from Warren Vampirella #13)
Vampirella ... the Movie
Pablo Verdugo, art; Bon Alimagno, story
A bunch of film studio executives are discussing the concept of a new Vampirella movie. They agree that the film has potential but the costume has to go. They tell Vampirella that all is good apart from the costume, and she has a rather
unique response ...
This issue has Jumbo Sized Special on the cover, and for once it is true. Four stories in one issue wraps up the Vengeance of Vampirella story arc, presents a classic Warren story and introduces a new artist (the winner of the
2006 Talent Search competition).
Again, the Vengeance story is more visual than plot, but eminently enjoyable anyway. There are a couple of subtle touches which may pass the casual reader by ... We see Pendragon recruiting magicians at a meeting of the AA-M (Alcoholics
Anonymous - Magicians) which is being chaired by a talk dark magician with a very distinctive style of cloak. If that wasn't Marvel Comic's Doctor
Stephen Strange then it is a very close accidental rendition.
Interestingly, the artist changes from part 3 to part 4, with Stephen Segovia being replaced by Noah Salonga. To give him his dues, Noah had some big shoes to step into which he did so well that if you didn't read the credits you wouldn't
have realised it was a different artist. Well done, Noah.
The Lurker in the Deep is another much reprinted classic with the addition of some excellent colour work to take it into the 2000's. Much as I love the work of José Gonzalez, there are other great Warren Vampirella stories by
other artist/writer combinations which don't get to see the light of day that much.
Pablo Verdugo's Movie story doesn't really give him much chance to showcase his skills, but nevertheless he manages some cracking renditions of Vampirella. Let us hope that we get to see more from Pablo in the future and with better and
longer story line.