Regular Cover A - J. Gonzalez $2.99
Virgin Cover A - J. Gonzalez (1,500 copies) $14.95
Regular Cover B - Texiera $2.99
Virgin Cover B - Texiera (15,000 copies) $14.95
Mike Carey/Mike Lilly & Bob Almond
Again, we start in a bar. Vampirella is talking to Harry Krishna
about her first origin which was an illusion while waiting for their
vampire target. After the inevitable massacre Harry suggests a psychic
to help Vampirella come to terms with her conflicting memories.
Glass, a blind, mentally disturbed psychic, starts to tease out
They see Lilith in Hell before Vampirella is born (from the
memories that others have of Vampirella). Ill in bed, her demon
lover (Belial) explains that her children, the Wamphyri,
are draining her life force to sustain their own. Lilith decides
to create a new version of herself, from her own undiluted blood
mingled with the soil of Drakulon - Vampirella.
Childhood memories are examined - Lilith showing Vampirella the
heart of Drakulon and indoctrinating her to kill her "brothers"
and "sisters" - the creation of the Eidolon, a mystic
mirror to warp Vampirella's mind - the demon explaining Vampirella's
mission to kill her siblings for eternity so their power returns
to Lilith and she can then get revenge on the "children of
Adam" (mankind) and destroy their world.
Whilst locked a psychic trance a bunch of demons appear and kill
Glass, leaving Vampirella helpless - locked in her child persona.
The promise of a mind boggling story and art in Revelations #0
is completely fulfilled. Every page, every panel is a treasure and
the cliff hanger ending leaves you counting the days until Revelations
The two regular covers are supplemented by a Virgin edition of
each, which has to be applauded as the covers feature the art of
two of the best Vampirella artists ever - Mark
Texiera ands the legendary José
After decades of absence José Gonzalez returns from the
ether with a completely new Vampirella painting.
I am a great fan /aficionado of Gonzalez' Vampirella work, loving
it from the early days of Warren Publishing, and consider him to
be the artist that put Vampirella "on the map". However,
I have to say that the Vampirella on the cover of Revelations #1
is not quite the Vampirella of the Warren era. It is indisputably
Vampirella, and José Gonzalez' art is instantly recognisable.
Something is subtly different.
I'm not sure exactly what has changed, but I would say that the
Warren Vampirella had a bit more of a "Latin" influence,
whereas this Vampirella is a little more "caucasian".
The "new" Gonzalez' Vampirella is still a stunning beauty,
but not the same "old" Gonzalez' Vampirella. I thought
it may be that he is using a different model, but all of Pepe Gonzalez'
art comes straight from his heart and mind...
However, if José Gonzalez were to send me the original painting
for this cover I would treasure it more than any other Vampirella
item I own! And if that isn't a hint I don't know what is!!!
TRIVIA: The Texeira edition is sometimes called
the "boob" cover and the Gonzalez' edition the "non-boob"
cover, as the Texeira painting shows Vampirella slightly exposed.
Take a close look at her left breast behind her arm ... I have to
admit that I didn't notice this at all but was educated by eBay