Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Bash... with Vampirella

Shannon Eric Denton
Dietrich Smith
Wes Hartman
Marshall Dillon
Joe Jusko
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date
October 23, 2013     

"Vampirella once again joins forces with Dracula and Eva in order to confront a Doomsday Cult intent on releasing one of the Ancient Ones back upon the Earth. The trio, empowered from their previous successes, will confront these evil forces head on! These three warriors race from threat to threat in order to stop the apocalypse but will learn that even their immense power may not be enough. Whether they accept it or not, some battles cannot be won…"From Dynamite Comics

With Eva and Dracula by her side Vampriella the ultimate hit and miss horror icon embarks in an action packed and lightening paced one shot adventure.  The script by Denton spends little time establishing a mood, confident his audience is familiar with these characters.

Dietrich Smith's art is slick, but never breathtaking or greatly detailed.  His panels are large, but not as intricately detailed as many other splash pages.  The result is that despite the larger than average page number of the issue, this is an incredibly quick read.  The sense of movement however works very well and you can follow the massive amount of combat in the issue.

Overall this isn't a bad Halloween Special, it's just not great either.


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