Review: Vampirella/Red Sonja #2

At the end of Vampirella/Red Sonja #1, the two title characters come face to face on the final page. Issue #2 picks up there as the twin heroines get acquainted with one another. Aside from the final page of the first issue, this is really our first introduction to Red Sonja in this series.

After the encounter in the cave, Vampirella enlists the help of an expert on the occult, Charlie, who hypothesized that Sonja was able to travel to their time using an artifact called a Generation Stone. How and why she received it remains a mystery. Vampirella later enlists Sonja to help her with with her investigation of the mysterious deaths in the area where Sonja was found. So we now have two plot points driving the story – Vampirella’s investigation and how Red Sonja received the generation stone and ended up in 1969.

This was a good follow up to the first issue. This time Jordie Bellaire stepped back from the mystery investigation and focused on establishing a relationship between the two protagonists. I particularly liked the way Sonja was handled. Her character was consistent with what we’re familiar with, but you could also tell she was younger and more inexperienced than usually depicted. The difference is subtle which is what makes it work well. 

Drew Moss again handles the art in this issue. I’m enjoying his take on the characters and I think it suits the tone of the book well. Likewise, Rebecca Nalty’s colors are very effective. The palettes she chooses for each scene do a great job of establishing the correct mood.

Now that Vampirella and Red Sonja are together, I expect the plot to start moving along. I suspect there will be a lot of action coming our way in the upcoming issues!

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