Story: Jordie Bellaire
Art: Drew Moss
Colors: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Becca Carey
What They Say:
REUNITED! After months apart (or was it days? Hours? Minutes? Time travel’s weird), Sonja The Red and Vampi have found one another…and just in time, as there’s an evil lurking in the timestream…something big, something mean, something neither of them could handle alone… And, because it’s February, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special variant by artist Lynne Yoshii!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The Vampirella and Red Sonja series has definitely been fun to read, especially in contrast to the other series where they’re paired with Betty and Veronica. Jordie Bellaire is able to do something different with them here in context and this one lets them understand stand each other more as a little more time hopping gets underway. Bellaire’s story is a little more jumpy than I care for with this installment but we get so many great scenes from Drew Moss that I can’t complain much. It’s a fun treat and just having such an excited Sonja upon seeing a dragon makes it worthwhile.
For Vampirella, we see her getting a look at some of Red Sonja’s time before they ended up in the same time and place. It’s a little uncertain for me with what’s going on as it’s mostly Sonja dealing with an old woman chained up but it sets a tone as she finds herself thrown into the timestream in a hard way, resulting in her being on Earth. This gives Vampirella a chance to see just how efficient Sonja was upon her arrival, far more than she was, and it’s a delight to watch as she sets out to understand this world and what she can of Vampirella later on. It’s got a decent flow to it but mostly it’s just interesting to have the commentary by one of the other, especially with Vampirella hoping that Sonja doesn’t see all of her past. Which considering her sexual appetite is understandable.
When the two of them do catch up proper again, it’s not quite as expected thanks tot he generation stone that Sonja has. They’re in the past but it’s something that split them by seventy-five years. And that period of time passed for Vampirella, which thanks to her long-lived nature is doable. But she ended up living as a nun of all things since she could mask and hide herself better. I do wish we got more of her time during all of that to see what she got up to but the book shifts quickly to dealing with the whole thing of there being a dragon in this particular place and they have to do something to help the people survive it. Sonja’s not exactly all “Kill the dragon!” or anything but she’s just loving that something like that exists and is here, even if the focus is on rescue missions and the like.
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far but this issue felt like a step back in some ways. The artwork is great and what we do get of character material makes sense. But the nature of the generation stone and throwing the two through time wasn’t what I was looking for and it felt kind of haphazard at times. I do like the way the two characters examine and try to understand each other here after seeing what they’ve been through so there’s some good character material. But it just feels like it’s missing something else to really bind it all together well. Drew Moss delivers a beautiful book with some stellar panels once again and I love his take on the two leads, especially the excitement and joy that emanates from them from time to time. Definitely looking forward to seeing where this story is going.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: February 12th, 2020