Is Vampirella #0 Worth A Quarter?
When it was announced, I was skeptical of the new Vampirella series and its #0 issue, specially priced at 25 cents. Well, I’ve gotten a preview of the specially-priced jumping off point for new readers.
On Sale February 1, 2017
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist/Colorist: Jimmy Broxton
Letterer: Travis Latham
Cover: Phillip Tan
Variant Covers: J. Scott Campbell, Joseph Michael Linsner
Beginning a new and VERY different direction! Vampirella was last spotted in 2016 doing what she does best-defending the world from threats both mystic and evil. She hasn’t been seen since. Now, over a thousand years later, she’s poised to make her fateful return, but the world that awaits her is unlike anything she might expect-or want to defend! Written by acclaimed comics, novel and television writer Paul Cornell (This Damned Band, Doctor Who) and illustrated by the masterful Jimmy Broxton (Goldtiger, Knight & Squire), it’s the start of an adventure for Vampirella unlike any she’s had in her long and storied history. Don’t miss the train before it leaves the station!
I was taken aback almost immediately at how much this looks like an old Vampirella story from the 1970s. Broxton’s art is very appealing to anyone that’s a fan of a good, graphic, naturalistic style. The storytelling is very well done and flows nicely, although the panels are so big, it doesn’t feel like anything close to a full-length story, and definitely not the seventeen pages that it is. However, even upon reaching the ending, I feel satisfied that my time has been well spent, if for no reason, than getting to experience this art.
The story is succinct as well, and does an admirable job of introducing a new world for Vampirella, yet leaving enough of it a mystery to keep me riveted. If this were the first fifteen minutes of a movie, I’d be leaning forward, waiting to see this unfold. I have questions after reading this, questions that I want answered. For a comic with an introductory price meant to draw in new readers, it does so perfectly, making me want to read the next issue.
Ultimately, that’s what an introductory issue is supposed to do. It sets the tone for the new series and gives us just enough that we want to see more. The fact that Dynamite has found a creative team that can take the character back to her roots, both in style as well as story is something to be admired. If you’ve never read any of those old stories, I recommend that you do so. Heck, I’m probably going to go drag out some old issues to enjoy the feeling of a science-fiction/horror comics magazine tof the type that has long been missing. Not taking anything away from the great science fiction comics we now have, but this has enough of that “pulp” aspect, that I can lose myself in it for a few minutes.
Is it worth a quarter? Of course. As a matter of fact, it’s probably worth the full price of a regular comic, although then I’d feel a little cheated at getting only seventeen pages. You should definitely give this a chance, as it doesn’t seem quite as sexist as I initially feared it would be, and sets a great tone for a new series.
Rating: 9.3 (out of ten)
Oh, and come back to this page in another week for preview pages.