I had a chance to pick up and read Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #3 yesterday and once again enjoyed the book. This one is a bit heavier on exposition than the earlier issues, but there’s still some action as well. I think this is Ediano Silva’s strongest issue on art duties. I think he draws a great Vampirella and continue to enjoy his renderings of Mars/Barsoom.
The issue begins with a discussion between Dejah Thoris’ grandfather, Tardos Mors, and her father, Mors Kajak about the decision to allow Dejah to accompany Vampirella on her search for Issus. We also get a quick recap of the previous issues from Tardos Mors’ perspective. We then catch up with the title characters who were taken prisoner at the end of the previous episode. I do need to correct myself on one thing – in my last review, I thought the hooded characters at the end of issue 2 were black Martians, but that turns out to be incorrect. They are actually called the Therns, but the Black Martians do make an appearance here, when they attack the Therns. Apparently the two groups both consider themselves the chosen people of Issus and therefore aren’t too fond of each other. During the commotion, Dejah Thoris is able to free herself and Vampirella who promptly takes out a few Therns. After the battle, the Black Martians agree to take Vampirella and Dejah Thoris to Issus, who is a thousands-of-years-old black Martian. She offers to make a bargain with Vampirella in return for her help. I won’t say what that bargain is or whether Vampirella accepts, as this is the hook at the end of the issue.
As I said before, this issue is less action-centric with more explanation and discussion between the various players. It still stays interesting and the visuals are strong. I felt like this issue moved the plot along well, but I was kind of surprised that the other Drakulonians didn’t arrive on Mars in this issue. I was expecting that, but it didn’t happen. That’s not a good or bad thing, just different than what I expected. Based on the ending of this issue, I could see this going in a few interesting directions, so I think the next issue will definitely be worth picking up. If you’ve been reading this series, let me know what you think of it.