Published on December 22nd, 2016 | by Kevin Given
Review: Vampblade #11
This issue opens with our hero trying to get into “Drumpf” tower and doesn’t know how to get past the guards without hurting them, she finally decides to go stealth and morphs into a ninja. After entering she searches for some more appropriate clothing. She finds it and after daybreak blends in with the “one percenters.” The opening is a lot of fun for this reviewer, especially the Booty window. I must admit I’m new to the world of Vampblade so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I see clever characters with witty dialog and I had fun with this issue.
The Creative Team:
Jason Martin not only writes this title but he created it. I can see the care he’s taken to bring us a unique character but with subtle hints of inspiration from other characters as well, I get the feeling that he reads a lot of female based titles such as Catwoman or Black Widow. However, we can see that his tongue is planted firmly in cheek as the hero, while sneaking around, inadvertently comes across a security guard on a “spank break.” She finally finds the villain she was looking for and all hell breaks loose.
Marco Maccagni has fun with Martin’s creation. Just the right fusion of cartoony style art with bad ass babes duking it out. The villain of this piece is incredible, sort of a cross between the Joker and a female vampire. Maccagni knows how to draw cheesecake without over doing the cheese factor. Very enjoyable. It was fun watching how Vampblade got into the building in the first place and his battle at the end of this issue was a real treat, just the right amount of erotic tension (this is a mature line after all) and hero/villain angst. Gotta love it!
A fun look at our hero. The letter M is obvious, warning the reader that this isn’t kiddie fare. Then there’s a warning telling us that this book contains a new, giant blade. And harder, faster, stranger things! Stay alert. The title hero is springing into action with said giant blade in hand, ready to strike at her opponent I loved how the back ground was bright blue with a cloud formation, and yet there’s lightning all around. It shows contrast and the darkness is closing in, a clever use of color on the cover.
Vampblade gets serious with the female antagonist as she gets a little surprise from her nemesis that she wasn’t expecting. For a minute, we don’t know if they’re going to fight each other or make love! As someone not familiar with this title I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying it as much as I did. I can’t wait for the next issue.
Writer: Jason Martin
Art: Marco Maccagni
Colors: Daniel Arruda Massa
Letters: Adam Wollet
Publisher: Action Lab
Publication date: December 2016