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Vampirella Annual #2

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Vampirella Annual #2

Credits

  • Words: Mark Rahner
  • Art: Ilias Kyriazis
  • Colors: Mae Hao
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release Date: Aug 8, 2012

The second Vampirella annual presents an overeager fanboy, who is (literally) dying to team up with our heroine, despite Vampirella's compelling argument that this never turns out well. But his eagerness and perhaps her own loneliness gives Ben an opportunityto tell Vampirella about glowing vampires in modern entertainment.

The writer does not make it completely clear why Vampirella takes Ben to a little town, known only for being mentioned in popular series of vampire books and movies. While the town goes berserk over making a profit off silly fans, the only thing Vampirella thinks about is how she "feels something evil."

Nevertheless, Vampirella and Ben enter the town, all the while lovingly mocking the Twilight Saga, its ideas, and its fans in a delicious yet positive way. When Vampirella enters said town, so does a gang of very ravenous predators with sharp teeth who go on a killing frenzy. That is, before Vampirella goes all-out method acting and takes them out! The author leaves out what kind of monsters she dealt with, which is a tad disappointing since I always like a tad more depth to my fiction. Despite this, the way she goes head to head with the evildoers, the ending being seemingly performance art, and the truly fun moments of meeting Vampirella cosplayers make this annual a fun read!

The writer would have done better if given some extra pages to delve into some of Ben's background, since the story sometimes reads a tad wonky. But all in all, he did good with Vampirella.

Adding to the comic is a reprint of a story originally published in Vampirella Trick & Treat 2004. In this tale, Pantha has contracted something that makes people fall in love/lust as well as getting them to behave irresponsibly. A nice read but it is difficult to link the tone of this story with "Circus" agents to the Dynamite era, in which characters are doing black ops for someone called Criswell. Only time will tell if there is any connection.

Artwise the chores by Ilias Kyriazis were done in a readable fashion, with straightforward storytelling skill. The real treat however was the cover art, which is delicately and amazingly painted by Joseph Michael Linsner.

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