Review: Vampirella vs ReAnimator #1

Dynamite’s new mini series Vampirella vs ReAnimator launched last week with issue #1. I read it over the weekend and I have some mixed opinions about it. First, a quick plot summary:

The issue begins with Dr. Herbert West, the Reanimator. He has discovered some lost/secret texts and a map that he believes will lead him to a scientific breakthrough. After securing these items, we cut to Vampirella as she stalks a group of werewolves into an appropriately named cemetary (Warren). She quickly defeats the Werewolves and returns home. Meanwhile, the Reanimator arrives at an unnamed complex. Interestingly, the door features what appears to be Vampirella’s bat-emblom. Upon entering, two bat creatures form from the smoke of the torches lighting the interior. The bats then fly to Vampirella as a warning. Apparently Vampirella created them at some point. So this will, I assume, be what leads Vampirella to the Reanimator in the next issue.

While I think this issue demonstrates that this story does have some potential, this particular issue really didn’t do much for me. I like Cullen Bunn’s writing, so I’m willing to see it through. I think in the long run it will prove to be a well written story. The creators of this series made the curious decision to keep the book in black and white except for shots of red and the yellow of the Reanimator’s serum. I have to say I’m not a big fan of this. I think it would be better if they had just gone with an entirely black and white interior without the colors.  It just seems a little off to me, it detracts from the rest of the book because it’s so jarring. I also don’t particularly care for the way Vampirella is drawn here. It’s not bad, but her face just doesn’t look like Vampirella to me. Hopefully this will improve as the series progresses. I also hope that the color choices will start to enhance the art/story instead of being a distraction.

Bottom line, I think the story has potential, but I can’t really say that this issue alone was a hit for me. I trust Cullen Bunn enough to be patient and see where he’s going before I make any judgement.

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