This is very overdue, but here is my review of Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #2, which was released on October 24.
With issue two we see the two title characters join forces and set out on a mission, but before they do that they must appeal to the grandfather of Dejah Thoris, Tardos Mors, for help (we learned in issue #1 that many blood-starved Drakulonians are on their way to Mars). He initially rejects their pleas for help, and when Vampirella continues to protest it leads to a physical confrontation. Tardos Mors orders his men to stand down as he says that such emotional outbursts are to be expected from women. I always find it annoying when writers feel they have to insert things like this when they’re writing female characters. The male characters are always chauvinistic and always underestimate the female character because of her gender. Do we really need that? Anyone who needs to hear that message is probably not reading a comic book about a female character in the first place, but I digress…
It is eventually agreed upon that Dejah Thoris and Vampirella will travel to visit Issus, the Goddess of Death. With Dejah Thoris as her guide, Vampirella sets out to see if the goddess can help where Tardos Mors could not. After travelling down the river Iss they encounter and defeat a group of plant men. They are then confronted by a group of men in red hooded robes who capture them with the intent of making them slaves. I think these guys are Black Martians, but I’m not totally sure. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong about that. I’ve only read the original John Carter novel, A Princess of Mars and some of Dynamite’s John Carter and Dejah Thoris comics, so I’m not really an expert on all of the characters of Barsoom.
The art by Ediano Silva was once again very good. Vampirella looks like she’s supposed to, which isn’t always a guarantee these days. The story had a very good balance of action along with character development. Vampirella and Dejah Thoris’ relationship gets fleshed out further and we see that the rest of Barsoom looks at Vampirella with skepticism and maybe even suspicion which could come into play later.
As I mentioned in my review of the first issue, this seems to be an alternate version of Vampirella’s past and not part of the standard continuity. I can, however, think of a few ways that they may be able to tie this into the standard Vampirella origin story by making it an untold story from before the original Warren stories. I don’t think they’ll go down that path, but it’s something that’s worth looking out for in future issues. Of the two mini series currently going right now, I’m enjoying them both but so far I would probably give this one the edge. I’ve always been a big fan of the science fiction elements of Vampirella and this series is doing a great job of melding that with elements of horror/adventure.