Story: Jordie Bellaire
Art: Drew Moss
Colors: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Becca Carey
What They Say:
Hi! Here’s what’s going on: VAMPIRELLA found out some dudes’re doing experiments on vampires and she is piiiiiiiiiiised. RED SONJA is using this as an excuse to beat the holy hell outta a buncha solider types. Many punches, many explosions, and somehow, at some point, Sonja punches through a wall.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With this particular flavor of relationship continuing on here, Jordie Bellaire delivers a solid and engaging installment of Vampirella/Red Sonja. I enjoy both characters in their own books and through various crossovers so far, but Jordie Bellaire is approaching them both well in this series with its more serious tone and intent. It’s also not hurting in the slightest that Drew Moss has put together some gorgeous pages for it, especially under Rebecca Nalty’s color design, that helps to up the intensity, the action, and the bond that they share. Just the last page with its mix of colors and the pink-hued flames really drove home the way that these two are holding onto each other now.
With both of them working together in Russia to find answers, things have gone about as badly as one could imagine. The two ended up separate and while Vampirella struggles with what she’s seen so far, Sonja is loving the way she can just tear through these soft people even with all their high-tech weaponry. But the pair have to get back together, and quickly, as the opposition is going to be coming all-in on them soon. And it’s amusing watching that happen as Sonja has a kind of blase approach to a lot of things, letting the chips fall where they may, and Vampirella likes to have walls not fall on her. But the dynamic between the two works incredibly well under Bellaire’s writing and I adore the expressions that Moss gives Sonja throughout it since she’s just living her best life by taking the lives of others that she feels is justified.
With some decent exploration and a little action, it doesn’t take long for the pair to come across Artur and for Vampirella to put together more of what happened. With the Russians discovering the colony that was on Mars, they went all in on trying to weaponize what they found and its’ resulted in the few of her kind that she’s found since coming here are pretty much dead or just about to die. It’s a rough sequence for her but one that Sonja is able to offer the right kind of comfort for as they deal with Artur and try to save the one barely alive Drakulonian that they’ve found. But even that falls apart and the true bond is finally put out in full with Sonja giving the support that Vampirella needs. It’s a haunting sequence as it progresses with the color design and just how they hold each other, making me really interested in seeing how strongly the fight together going forward.
Though the larger story elements don’t feel like they figure in too prominently here as it’s all about the action, the book does a good job of showing us how these two work together. Sonja out of the cave and in the action has her feeling more alive than she has in a while and it’s balanced against Vampirella learning some very troubling things and seeing more of her kind die before her eyes. It’s a solidly done book with what it needs to achieve but it also does some great character work that has me wanting to see these two running together for a long time to come.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: November 13th, 2019