Dynamite’s Vengeance of Vampirella #1 hit shelves last week, giving us the first installment of the new series by Tom Sniegoski and Michael Sta. Maria. As you probably know by now, this series is a continuation of Sniegoski’s work for Harris Comics in the 90’s which is widely regarded as one of the classic runs on Vampirella. At the end of that arc, Vampirella fell to the hands of Mistress Nyx, impaled on her trident.
This new story takes place 25 years later in a world without Vampirella who is still remembered as a legendary or mythical hero. Sniegoski gives a brief recap of the preceeding events for the uninitiated or as a refresher to longtime readers. We’re reintroduced to Nyx and we see Vampirella’s allies’ attempt to resurrect her. A very different Pendragon works with a Danse Macabre operative and an unidentified voice to put the pieces together for this task. If you look back to Death and Destruction #3, Vampirella tells Pendragon and Passion that they will be needed later, shortly before she meets her end. Perhaps this is what she meant by that?
I don’t want to give away much more than that for this review, but I think anyone who enjoyed the Harris series will be delighted with this first issue. The storytelling feels like a seamless continuation all these years later. The art by Sta. Maria is wonderful and it too feels just right for continuing this story. Amanda Conner’s work on the series was classic Vampirella and the art in this issue lives up to that. Although she doesn’t appear much in this issue, Sta. Maria shows that he has a great handle on drawing the character and I can’t wait to see more of it next month. It really is great to have so many Vampirella books coming out each month and all of them being top-notch!
As always, please feel free to let me know what you thought of the book!
Writer – Tom Sniegoski
Art – Michael Sta. Maria
Color – Omi Remalante Jr
Letters – Troy Peteri