I’m playing catch-up here after taking some time off for summer vacation, so here’s my quick review of Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica #2, which was released a couple of weeks ago by Dynamite.
This issue continues the investigation of a string a mysterious murders in Riverdale believed by Vampirella and Red Sonja to be comitted by the Cult of Chaos. The mystery deepens in this one, especially at the end when Betty uncovers a very perplexing photo in the Library archives that would appear to show our four heroines together…sort of. I won’t spoil for you.
Aside from moving the mystery along this issue also takes the time to let the characters become better acquainted, and we also get a few more lighthearted moments as Vampirella and Red Sonja try, rather awkwardly, to fit in at Riverdale High. Near the beginning, the four are eating at Pop’s Diner and Betty asks Vampi and Sonja how they met. Vampirella replies, “It’s a long story. Suffice it to say across time, Sonja and I have met and fought together more than once. We have split and shared blood for a greater purpose. Stopping the monster called Chaos, the Mad God. We have sworn to track his followers together and contain the evil he unleashed on the universe…” while we see a montage of flashbacks including a scene from Swords of Sorrow #6. I like seeing that history acknowledged and I remain interested to see if they will try to tie this in with the upcoming Vampirella/Red Sonja series. Either way, I’m glad that they’re trying to attempt to establish their relationship as canon.
The art by Maria Sanapo is once again very well done. Her style is well suited for a crossover like this because it somewhat bridges the vast gap in style between a dark Vampirella or Red Sonja book and the more cartoony Archie comics.
Let me know what you thought of the book!