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Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #7 Review

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I love the look of the book still as it’s enjoyable getting such different yet familiar versions of Sonja and Vampirella.

A new mystery opens up before our intrepid group.

Creative Staff:
Story: Amy Chu
Art: Maria Sanapo
Colors: Mohan
Letterer: Taylor Esposito, Rieanna Bates

What They Say:
Get ready to boogie through time and space as Betty and Veronica find themselves on a trip to… Drakulon?!! Fresh off solving the murder spree in Riverdale, they take a ride with Vampirella and Red Sonja back to Vampi’s home planet. Twin suns! Rivers of blood! Wicked sunburns in the making! You’ve never seen a spring break like this before. But is it a one-way ticket for the fantastic foursome? Stay tuned to find out!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With the first storyline having wrapped up and it still being a surprise that this is an ongoing title, the new storyline gets underway here. We get largely the same creative as before with Amy Chu handling the distinct personalities of the characters well and their more unusual pasts while Maria Sanapo works the artwork. I’ve long enjoyed Sanapo’s work in other series and she captures the Archie style charms here and applies it well to Sonja and Vampirella so that it all feels consistent while still honoring who the characters are and their own defined sexuality. It’s definitely fun having this mix of characters interacting at a high school level as well since it’s not exactly expected.

The first half of the book deals with a bit of background and setup for the storyline that’s nicely handled. Sonja and the Vampirella talk about what they miss from where they came while with Betty and Veronica at the mall. Sonja’s missing the open plains, the hardness of a rugged reality, and a kind of anything goes lifestyle when it comes to how one lives. For Vampirella, her past deals a bit more with the harsh reality of a dying world and her discovery of the Arthur C. Clarke ship that introduced her to humanity and brought her to Earth. It’s clear that there’ll be setup here with this as it doesn’t take long from talking about that and how soft people are in this world to someone dying at their feet, begging them to find out more about the information they have in order to stop some violence in the world happening. Bodies drop fast in the world of Riverdale.

What we get doesn’t feel too well formed but the basics is that they’re dealing with a company that set up shop where Vampirella’s ship must have crashed back in ‘69. A medical company has been quiet operating there since the early 70s and has gotten more involved in things as the years have gone one. That gets the group to head there to investigate, with our intrepid reporters going in to meet the boss of a largely automated facility while Sonja and Vampirella go in through some other entrances to snoop around. There’s not a lot learned here at first but we do get robots, some danger, and a reveal about Drakuylon that could be bigger than what it seems so far. It’s a lot of teases that we get here but it’s also just fun to see the four in two pairs doing their thing. Veronica uses her name to get what she wants while Vampirella uses her abilities well to confuse men and gain what she wants. But as she discovers more of what’s down the hole, the less she may like.

In Summary:
The first storyline is one that worked bringing this group together and having fun with it. The second storyline doesn’t have that coming together bit to lean on and the novelty of the setup so it has to work harder. This opening issue to the arc is solid as it looks like we’ll be dealing with Vampirella’s past a bit and that will be illuminating for all involved. It’s a bit of a slow start but the background is welcome for people unfamiliar with the characters and they’re not overlong, making it a good start to events. It’s a bit light on how quickly it moves to other areas, even with Dilton’s help, but it’s getting us to the meat of the story instead of playing around. I love the look of the book still as it’s enjoyable getting such different yet familiar versions of Sonja and Vampirella. They’re exactly who they need to be just with it blended into the Archie world enough.

Grade: B

Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: December 26th, 2019
MSRP: $3.99

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