Does this singular but odd world deserve your attention? Read on to find out.
The official description from Dynamite:
We start in the Big City, protected by Vampirella and the Green Hornet. A scarlet clad woman of mystery rushes into a bar, pursued by a team of assassins. The terror that breaks loose there and then will eventually lead (in the issues that follow) to The Phantom’s Jungle, Flash Gordon’s space age town of Landing, battles in the sky with Captain Victory, and so much more, until finally, we arrive in the Monstrous Lands, protected by… well, nobody.
I don’t know how else to put this than to simply be honest and say: wow, what a weird idea. That’s exactly how I felt when I cracked open this comic and began perusing its pages. But somehow in the end it struck a cord with me, as this compilation of divergent properties surrounding a land based in a very specific aesthetic worked.
The creative team crafted something fascinating and trust me you’ll want to give it a try. The scribe in particular did a great job embracing the core mechanics of the Victorian age while also throwing in enough meat at the grinder to make the crossover not only possible but logical. There were a couple opportunities that left me a bit underwhelmed but in the end Bill Willingham did a service with this book. So much so that by the time I reached the cliffhanger I felt a need to read the next installment.
Sergio Davila delivered solid work , as his renditions felt consistent with the narrative goals of the text. That said, I’m still a bit torn regarding Vampirella’s guise and rendition, it fits the arc but a simple scarlet dress and a specific hat just don’t do her history justice. That said when the story got going and the talent had to craft her in the most animalistic light I bought into who she was in her element.
Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #1 is without a doubt a solid start to something that feels epic but also familiar. Recommended.