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Vengeance of Vampirella #22 Review

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It continues to be my favorite of the Vampirella titles out there these days.

Nobody puts Vampirella in the nursery.

Creative Staff:
Story: Thomas Sniegoski
Art: Michael Sta. Maria
Colors: Omi Remalante Jr.
Letterer: Troy Peteri

What They Say:
Vampirella and Jeannine wander the Chaoslands, exploring a world on the brink of transformation. In the tiny town of Surette they think they’ve found an example of peace and tranquility, but soon learn that looks can be deceiving. In order for there to be harmony in the town, all must feed the desires of Mandrasath—and it looks like Vampirella will be the perfect snack.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
I’ve definitely been enjoying Thomas Sniegoski’s run on this book and have been really curious as to how he’s going to handle things moving forward after bringing events largely to a close previously. Working with shorter tales and spending time documenting things through Jeannine is an interesting way to do it and I definitely appreciate the “smaller-scale” stories that we’re getting as the two journey after the death of Nyx. This installment gives us a bit more of Michael Sta. Maria on the artwork and as it’s a mostly action-oriented one, which definitely lets Vampirella cut loose some and it gives us excellent time with the dragon. This is a solid installment in showing how the world is recovering but also what darkness still exists.

With Vampirella and Jeannine having been brought to this quaint little town that has seemingly survived unscathed, we learned the reality at the end that it’s all a front in that they’re being protected by a dragon that’s living underground just along the edge of town. It offers them protection in exchange for what it needs, which turns out to be host bodies so it can spread its seed and continue its line, something the residents figured out would work for it. That has young Jeannine being served up on a silver platter to it, thinking initially she was just going to be dragon food. Not that this is better, but her reaction is spot on and she even eventually surprises Vampirella with what she accomplishes in her bid to get away from the creature.

Vampirella, on the other hand, finds herself being taken unconscious to what’s known as the nursery. It appears that others have been gifted to the dragon before for this and there are a number of young humanoid-ish dragon creatures down there that see her as a real feast. Unfortunately for them, we see her wake up before it gets too serious and she just goes feral on them, and in turn trying to find Jeannine and rescue her while having to take on the dragon as well. Ste. Maria’s artwork is just gorgeous throughout this as it has a really big and powerful feeling to it while Remalante’s color design just gives it even more impact thanks to the flames that stand out in all the night sequences. There is a lot to love with how this plays out.

In Summary:
While we cautiously await the next big arc in this series, or the return of Nyx, I’m really enjoying what’s going on here with these smaller stories. This series has worked the big concept aspect for a while so getting something with lower stakes – but still interesting stories and characters – delivers perfectly for me. This one wraps up nicely with a lot of death in very different ways and some really big fun with flames and babies. It continues to be my favorite of the Vampirella titles out there these days.

Grade: B+

Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: September 29th, 2021
MSRP: $3.99