Vampirella #4 Review (With Preview)

The new Vampirella series has interested me since the #0 issue that was practically given away as a method of re-introducing the character to readers. The feeling of this series was decidedly different, embracing a more mature tone by a writer that grasped what it meant to actually write for truly more mature readers. Vampirella was one of those characters that too many, less skilled writers associated as mature, when actually they confused the term with lewd.

This series has sought to honor her origins and take her away from the more immature role casual readers have pigeonholed her into. However, I went into this issue with a fear that Paul Cornell had written the character into a corner that was hard to escape.

Vampirella 2017 #4

writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Jimmy Broxton
covers: Philip Tan (a) Javier Pulido (b) Cosplay Photo Cover (c)
subscription cover: Jimmy Broxton (d)
incentive cover: Cosplay Photo (“virgin art”), Philip Tan (B/W art), Jimmy Broxton (B/W art), Philip Tan (“virgin art”)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
“The new status quo for Vampirella (with) a cool story with some terrific artwork!” – Horror Talk
Ever wondered what happens to your soul when you die? Spent time pondering if karma is real? Questioned whether there’s a greater power out there watching to see if we’ve been naughty or nice? This month, Vampirella is your guide as all your existential questions are answered. Rudely!

Preview:

Review:

Going in, with the pages include in the preview, I was a little disappointed, but by the end of the issue, it became evident that Paul Cornell knew where to go with the story. As it progressed, I gathered that Vampirella had a plan in getting herself killed at the end of the last issue, however, it might not have been an altogether concrete plan, but there was a plan nonetheless.

The artwork by Jimmy Broxton isn’t as solid, but retains the feeling of the older Vampirella stories and keeps the artistic sensibility away from the previous series that felt like every other comic Dynamite put out with a female lead in the past few years. I hope this series becomes a bellwether for other Dynamite series instead of the exceptional exception. The landscapes are truly vast although I find myself wishing that I could have been there for the entirety of her “grand tour.”

The comic is good, but like most series, Vampirella is suffering from developing a familiarity. Hopefully, Cornell and Broxton can continue to impress me and not become yet another series that I used to like, but just stop caring about

Rating: 8 (out of 10)

  • Pendragon

    I’m curious, have you read Nancy Collins’ run on Vampirella from a few years ago?

    • I read some of them. To me they just lacked something that would have made them compelling to me. Maybe it was that the character didn’t feel like Vampirella, whereas this one has the feeling of being the same character from the magazines.

    • Tracy Isenhour

      I personally have not. Was that run any good and would you recommend it?