Story: Thomas Sniegoski
Art: Michael Sta. Maria
Colors: Omi Remalante Jr.
Letterer: Troy Peteri
What They Say:
Humanity has raised their greatest hope from the dead, but will Pendragon and the rest of the survivor’s be able to control the beast that they have unleashed? This issue: Vampirella and Pendragon united! Nyx faces tough questions about her handling of things from the Chaos Lords! Hemorrhage and Nyx lay a trap for Vampirella! And it’s all heading to the fight between Hemorrhage and Vampirella you’ve been waiting for.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
While I continue to wonder at the existence of this series and the other main new series that’s underway as they feel like they’re competing with each other, I’ll admit I’m enjoying Vengeance of Vampirella more. Thomas Sniegoski is working through some interesting material here as we see Vampirella trying to bring the world back on track and it’s delivered with some great visuals thanks to Michael Sta. Maria. This issue even feels like it clicks better as Omi Remalante Jr.’s color work comes across better and more vibrant, especially with some of the action that’s underway. The result comes in the form of some pretty solid fight sequences.
In an effort to attract Vampirella’s attention so they can deal with her, Nyx has come up with a plan that will keep the Lords of Chaos off her back for a while. Using some mermaids with their siren song to control people, she’s got a few hundred humans in a tall building where she and Hemorrhage are overseeing the event. The plan is to drop fifty people to their deaths and cause the psychic reaction that will draw Vampirella in. The problem is the she’s off on a mission of her own and it’s just Passion and Pendragon that are seeing it – and they’re focused more on ensuring Vampirella’s survival. So it makes for a grim scene in that after some time of a no show, Nyx drops fifty more. Again and again and again… it’s a grim sequence but it works well to showcase just how they view what little is left of humanity.
For Vampirella, we get some decent time at the start as she connects with Passion a bit in her new form while going through some of the events with Pendragon. The group knows they need to do something to help the world, it’s why they brought Vampirella back, but it takes a bit to really figure out the first round plan. Vampirella knows it has to be big but it also has to be helpful and removing at least some of the necrosphere makes a lot of sense. Providing a little real sunlight in the world and you can change the narrative that it’s not all under Nyx’s control. The story moves well in what she has to deal with and the help that Passion gives her with some autonomous warriors made of silverstuff, but it’s the payoff that’s worthwhile. I like that the arc takes us back to some of the older stories of the last few years for Vampirella as well, but when we see the change in the world it’s that moment that says the real fight is about to begin.
Events have been moving slowly so far since it’s been Vampirella coming back to life but what we get here is her on the proactive side, trying to deal with issues and putting things right. It’s a long haul ahead to actually do so but I like what’s presented here and just the sense of her fulfilling her base personality piece in trying to do right by humanity. Michael Sta. Maria’s artwork continues to be enjoyable and I like the work with the silverstuff here, especially when it bonded to her briefly as armor since that was a nice touch to move the fight forward. Definitely looking forward to more, though fearful it’ll be grimmer than what we get here.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: January 8th, 2020