Friday, August 30, 2013

Booknote: Vampirella Strike: Vol. 1

Tom Sniegoski, Vampirella Strikes. Mt. Laurel (NJ): Dynamite, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-60690-431-2. Link to publisher (since the WorldCat record at time of this post was a bit thin).

Though I was familiar with the Vampirella character, I had never read one of her comics until now. This was a nice treat. I enjoyed this one very much, and the illustration and artwork are very good, well suited to the character and tale. In our story, Vampirella is suddenly thrust into the world of angels and demons. There is an uneasy truce between both sides, and some members of both sides would be happy for war to break out again. When an angelic general goes missing, a group of angels drafts Vampirella to find him. Why her? You'll have to read the comic to find out. She gets some help from a fallen angel who is working is basically playing both sides as a double-agent. Thus things get complicated.

Overall, this was a good read with a nice mix of action and intrigue. Fans of the character will probably enjoy it. As a new reader, I liked it. If you like things like Hellblazer (a.k.a. Constantine). you might enjoy this as well. And if you like scantily-clad women in your comics, Vampirella is your gal. Don't be fooled; she is not just a pretty lady though. She is a force to be reckoned. For me, this was a good entry point into the comic. I will certainly look for more down the road. As an added bonus, the book included a very nice cover gallery.

I think this will make a good addition for public libraries. 

I'd go 4.5 out of 5 on this one.

The obligatory disclosure note to keep The Man happy: I read this as an e-book galley via NetGalley, provided in exchange for an honest review.

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