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Vampirella (2010 Series) Annual #1

December 17, 2011

Title: Bound & Sanctuary

Writer: Brandon Jerwa & Christopher Priest
Eman Casalos, Alan Davis & Mark Farmer
Ivan Nunes & Dean White
Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist:
Lucio Parrillo
Joseph Rybandt
Dynamite Entertainment

Dozens of women have all gone missing from the same area in Kansas, and a bizarre woman wandering the area was found begging the forgiveness of Vampirella. Vampi decides to head in to check it out, only to find a bizarre church that worships her… in pretty much the worst way possible. This issue works out all right – it’s a superhero story at its core, but it has enough horror in the basic premise to make sure Vampirella continues to straddle the line between the two genres as she always has. The execution is a little less impressive. Desmodus, as a villain, isn’t all that interesting, just a generic demonic entity out to co-opt the image of a scantily clad alien vampire woman to aid him in his goals for world destruction. If you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it a thousand times. Eman Casalos gives us some nice artwork, though – his take on Vampirella is really good. His monsters aren’t really scary, but they’re scary enough to be superhero monsters.

There’s also a back-up story here, a reprint of a 1999 comic by the great Christopher Priest, Alan Davis and Mark Farmer. In this wordless story, Vampirella is charged with escorting a child to a protected sanctuary, but the dark things in the world don’t’ want to give her even that moment’s peace. There’s a good amount of action here, but Davis puts wonderful emotion into Vampirella’s face, helping tell the story quickly and succinctly.

An okay issue, but nothing special.

Rating: 7/10

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