Published on September 27th, 2018 | by Kevin Given0
Review: Vampirella / Dejah Thoris #1
Anyone who’s read my reviews for the past couple of years knows that I really enjoy my team-ups and intercompany crossovers. I don’t know why but that’s just how I am, I guess. This issue begins on the world of Barsoom where the cities astronomers have detected a starship En route to one of their cities.
Erik Burnham wastes no time in pitting our heroine directly into the action. Thoris volunteers to check out the situation and the planets scientific and military leaders immediately object to her investigating this situation. Sighting every possibility of what could go wrong. Burnham brings the reader in to this story by creating action scenes and outing our heroine in peril. Deja is put in a position where she must trust the invader by having Vampirella save her life. But then the attack becomes personal creating doubt, at first, as to Vampirella motivation. This compels us to continue reading as we question why she saved Deja in the first place. Great stuff includes the first encounter with our two heroines and the comparison of the two worlds, Barsoom and Drakulon.
Ediano Silva effortlessly combines the two worlds and does justice to the characters of both. One of his strengths is that he can capture and even create foreign landscapes so well. The rich colors Dinei Ribeiro brings this intense artwork enhances these images a hundred-fold. Silva’s artwork is so much stronger with the right colorist and he goes above and beyond the call of duty, helping to show each character’s strengths and depth of perception within the confines of the single panel. Bringing sagacity and contrast to These worlds which are rich and vibrant in so many ways. The careful attention to detail leads us to believe that these are actual worlds to be discovered. Vampirella and Deja Thoris really complement each other they are two beautiful characters that should have teamed up long before now. Highlights include the attack of the white ape and the final page splash which promises that issue two will be far more action packed then this issue.
Even Troy Peteri’s letters enhance the quality of this book. Clearly one of the best letterers’s in the business. Top Cow’s Ron Marz states that he can give Troy a script and not have to worry as they know each other’s work so well. The fonts used in this issue are so complimentary to what the tale is trying to convey that he makes it look easy. The brilliant sound fx found in these pages shows that it took time and effort to deliver properly.
The action heats up in issue one which is unusual for the first chapter of a story, usually, there’s a lot of (necessary) exposition that this issue doesn’t need. Pure fun from the get-go. Of course, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who that alien starship belongs to. But is she friend or foe? Their first meeting is an uneasy one, to say the least, but the inhabitants of the world of Barsoom have been warned…to be continued.
Vampirella / Dejah Thoris #1
writer: Erik Burnham
artist: Ediano Silva
covers: Jay Anacleto (A), Carlo Pagulayan (B), Stephen Segovia (C), Joe Jusko (D), Vampirella Cosplay Cover (E), Dejah Thoris Cosplay Cover (F), Vampirella Seduction Cover (RI), Dejah Thoris Seduction Cover (RI), Stephen Segovia (RI-B/W), Jay Anacleto (RI-B/W), Joe Jusko (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+
In stores September 26, 2018