Issue #1 (2004)
Regular Cover A- Joyce Chin (2,000 copies) $6.99
Red Foil Cover A - Joyce Chin (500 copies) $6.99
Gold Foil Cover A - Joyce Chin (500 copies) $6.99
Signed (Simone) Gold Foil Cover A - Joyce Chin (200 copies) $29.99
Blue Foil Cover A - Joyce Chin (500 copies) $10.00
Sketch Cover A - Joyce Chin (750 copies) $10.00
Regular Cover B - Art Adams (2,000 copies) $6.99
Red Foil Cover B - Art Adams (500 copies) $6.99
Signed (Adams) Red Foil Cover B - Art Adams (200 copies) $29.99
Signed (Chin) Red Foil Cover B - Art Adams (200 copies) $29.99
Gold Foil Cover B - Art Adams (500 copies) $6.99
Blue Foil Cover B - Art Adams (500 copies) $10.00
Sketch Cover B - Art Adams (750 copies) $10.00
Regular Cover C - blank (300 copies) $6.99
Witchblade Sketch Cover C - Joyce Chin (10 copies) $99.99
Magdalena Sketch Cover C - Joyce Chin (10 copies) $99.99
Vampirella Sketch Cover C - Joyce Chin (10 copies) $99.99
Artist - Joyce Chin / Writer - Gail Simone
Witchblade, Magdalena and Vampirella are summoned by Lord Farrin, one of the oldest and
Completely bored, Lord Farrin has got into the habit of making his feeds in unusual and
"fun" ways. On this occasion he has turned a troupe of circus performers into
vampires, and they are guarding a group of innocent children. His offer of exchanging the
children for Witchblade, Magdalena and Vampirella for his next meal is refused and they
fight Lord Farrin and his circus vampires, defeating him through teamwork.
An interesting, albeit short, story superbly illustrated by Joyce Chin. Weak on plot and
high on action this fourteen page story could have been told in eight to ten pages, but
it would have been better as a twenty page story with a bit more interaction between the
ladies concerned. All three have slight issues with each other, but this isn't used particularly
until the last page when it gets a passing mention.
As a collaboration between publishing houses it isn't too bad an effort. As a vehicle for
Joyce Chin's art it succeeds beyond expectation!
I have to pass comment on the fact that there are SEVENTEEN variant covers for the Vampirella,
Witchblade and/or Magdalena collector to buy - plus an extra THREE covers if you also get
the versions with the extra Tomb Raider story (which any true
collector will do), making a grand total of TWENTY variant covers for one fourteen page,
black and white story.
You could easily spend $400-$500 (or more) collecting all the covers for this story
I do feel that this is taking advantage of the comic book collector, which cheapens the
whole comic book from a crossover collaboration between publishers to purely a money making
exercise with little or no regard for the fans that keep the publishers in business.