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The Shape of Elvira #4 Review

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A swapped-out art team...

A cute, silly, and action-filled storyline finale.

Creative Staff:
Story: David Avallone
Art: Pasquale Qualano
Colors: Walter Pereyra
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

What They Say:
Maybe all film directors are megalomaniacs…but what do you do when you find out your movie was literally a cover for a plot to conquer the world? Elvira and Gill team up to escape the clutches of the creepy conspiracy that threw them together, in the final insane issue of THE SHAPE OF ELVIRA!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The Shape of Elvira is a series that started off well while playing to something a little different and quirkier than the main series works were. I had enjoyed what we had but then the third issue came out in June and nothing more since then until this concluding issue. It’s definitely good to get more Elvira and some closure out of Avallone for this storyline but it is a little disappointing that we couldn’t finish out with the same artist. I’ve enjoyed Pasquale Qualano on a number of other projects and properties so he puts in a great job here – his Elvira is divine – and Walter Pereyra handles the color design well. It all fits with what came before but it’s just different enough to be noticeable.

This issue does put us in a bit of a weird place. With the creature tied up and Elvira bound right next to him, we get the rest of the suits showing up to crow about their real plan. This is a movie as was always intended, but it’s also now an interspecies sex experiment thing too as they’re going to use the creature to get Elvira pregnant. It’s a big panic-inducing moment to be sure, but the creature finally eking out enough English to say it’s female slows down the plan just a bit. Leave it to these men, however, to decide that they’ll just go in reverse and graft some Elvira DNA into the creature and go from there. The whole thing just goes from bad to worse, and with Bertram not exactly being on the receiving end of anything himself even though he’s just like them, well, it goes as bad as you’d expect.

It doesn’t take long for weapons to start swinging and the good writer shows up once he discovers the truth of what his screenplay was a cover for. It’s a lot of silliness as it goes around and I like that we get Bertram basically being asked back to her village because all the women are like her down there and what does he have to lose? Combine that with some back and forth with Elvira and the rest of the dudes and it’s some minor action and a wrapping up of events with the proper authorities afterward. It all feels quick and pat, which isn’t unexpected, but it also felt like it should have resonated more considering how much I enjoyed the early stuff. But with the delays, it just made too much of a hit on overall cohesiveness.

In Summary:
I had a lot of fun with this series overall, delays notwithstanding, because it gave us Elvira in a different situation than we’ve seen her in so far. It had the space to let it unfold and the weirdness to just enjoy what it does. AS it went on it got a little more convoluted, which the delay didn’t help, but the end result is a story with some unexpected action and violence to it but delivers a story that’s a hoot and with some wonderful comedic moments that hit just right. Definitely worth checking out now that the storyline is done.

Grade: B+

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: December 4th, 2019
MSRP: $3.99

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