Dynamite Entertainment 2021
Written by Thomas Sniegoski & Jeannine Acheson
Illustrated by Daniel Maine
Coloured by Francesca Cittarelli
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
A different Vampirella for every thread—for every kind of story—across the Fabric of time and space. A Vampirella of every conceivable notion born to protect her particular reality . . . but now something—someone—is killing them and stealing away their precious life energies and growing in power. It is up to the Vampirella of one of these universes to gather some of her special sisters to stop this growing threat and keep it from destroying the Creator of all things—the Artist—and preventing the unraveling of all reality.
Well there are ways to introduce one to a multiverse and I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen it done quite like this. The opening does a magnificent job in piquing the curiosity and interest factors and getting you to go further into the story. We get so much here from this Artist and how important Vampirella is to this multiverse through how the tapestry is seen. Now this tapestry is mentioned throughout the book and it actually reminds me of an episode of the Librarians where the weave of time was cut and stitched back together changing history. It's a side not for sure but I thought it worth mentioning and it struck a chord with me.
I am very much enjoying the way that this is being told. The story & plot development we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. The character development we see through the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how they act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter does a fantastic job in bringing these characters to life. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages introducing the story, the characters and this multiverse they are in in such a way that really grabs you.
How we see this being structured and how the layers within the story emerge, grow and strengthen we get a magnificent look at how well this is really written. I like how we see the layers opening up avenues in the story that can be explored should the desire arise and even if they aren’t they still add this great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How everything works together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is extremely well achieved.
I am very much enjoying how we see the interiors here. The linework is stupendous and how we see the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create this level & quality of detail we see within the work is extraordinarily well rendered. The creativity and imagination we see here is phenomenal and the creature that Vampirella has in the Garden is beyond expectations. How we see backgrounds being utilised to enhance and expand the moments as well as how they work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work show a great understanding of how colour works. The application of colour and how light sources change the shades show a great expertise.
I’m thrilled beyond belief with this book. I was afraid something different was going to occur, that we’d see all these different Vampirella’s in their own stories with different artists, but that it goes the way that it does really makes me excited for what is to come. The writing is super strong and solid, the characterisation is fabulously witty and interesting and these dynamic interiors really bring this to life beautifully. A new Vampirella series that continues to break all the rules, why yes please I think I will.