Issue #1 (February 1995)
Regular Cover - Joe Jusko $4.95
Artists - Caesar Antomattei, Joe Weems, Keith Aiken, Arthur Nichols, Jason
Jewett, Kirk van Wormer, Ethan van Sciver / Writers - Jim Valentino, Tom Sniegoski, Len
Vampirella/Shadowhawk: Creatures of the Night
Kaul, Chaos cult leader, has a plan. His minions, dressed in custom armour are desecrating
churches, killing and generally causing mayhem. Vampirella, Adam van Helsing and Pendragon
stop them destroying a church and note the strange design of the armour.
Shadowhawk, dying of AIDS, also stops a group of Chaos followers, who are wearing the armour
that is so similar to his own. While fighting them he is interrupted by Vampirella who mistakes
him for the bad guy and drinks his blood.
Both Vampirella and Shadowhawk fall instantly ill after Vampirella drinks his blood.
A couple of days later, Vampirella is restored to health, but Shadowhawk's blood has told
her his life story and she realises he is one of the good guys.
Shadowhawk, however, reacts differently. He dies and is reborn as a vampire.
Quite a dramatic and pacey story, following tried and tested ground with a Vampirella versus
the Cult of Chaos.
What is interesting, though, is that Vampirella's bite causes Shadowhawk to "turn"
and become a vampire. This is (so far as I know) the only time Vampirella's bite
has caused someone else to join the ranks of the undead.
As a vampire slayer, it is not in her make up to create more vampires.