The penultimate issue of this mini-series has arrived, but now we have to ask: has it overstayed its initial welcome? Read on to find out.
The official description from Dynamite:
Bullets, blades and bombs? No sweat. Vampirella is a near-unstoppable force…as long as she doesn’t fall in love. Can V discover the truth about her former southern flame, and solve the mystery of his murdered fiancee? Or will she fall for his charms…and sacrifice everything?
This original journey has come to a bit of a crossroads, as old relationships break just as a demonic horde falls victim to a large villain. There’s a lot to love here, and fans of this franchise who eagerly await this heroine’s trek toward justice will not be disappointed. What we have now is a near perfect prelude to what should be an engaging finale, as this creative team struts their stuff.
Nate Cosby pens the affair and I have to say the scribe proves his prowess by letting our scarlet clad protagonist do her thing. I found that the most compelling aspect of these festivities, came from the strikingly strong dialogue, as the author proved his mastery of the verbal barrage. From the first page to the final panel this is a true Vampirella tale, with just enough originality to sell it to those not familiar with her prowess. In short: there’s a good deal of build up packed with plenty of substance, so simply sit back and enjoy this outstanding ride.
The art by José Luís matches the text blow for blow. He crafts a detailed rendition of the south that embraces the core mechanics of a supernatural yarn without sacrificing innate charms. I rather enjoyed quite a bit of the set pieces, as the talent treated us with just enough line-work to sell the authenticity of this jaunt. The end result is a series of renditions that are sure to excite the devoted while turning the heads of casual followers.
Vampirella: Southern Gothic #4 is a comic that should be purchased, as this mini-series begins to march toward its own demise. Highly recommended.