Friday, 22 February 2013

Vampirella: Nublood Review

Written By Mark Rahner
Art By Cezar Razek
Cover By Cezar Razek

'Lust For Life'
Written By Ty Templeton
Art By Bruce Timm

Action, Horror


Vampirella continues to thrash her way through vampire pop culture, as she visits a sultry, trashy Southern town where the vampires are out of the closet and a synthetic blood substitute is getting a test-run. In fact, it tastes better than the real thing. It could spell the end of the vampirism's murder and misery for good, and a chance for Vampi and Criswell to settle down. If nothing goes horribly wrong.


First we had the 'Vampirella' take on the 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' series in the 'Vampirella vs Fluffy The Vampire Slayer' one shot and now we have this.  The television series 'True Blood' getting the 'Vampirella' treatment from the guys at Dynamic Forces.

While the 'Fluffy the Vampire Slayer' one was a bit hit and miss, this one is much better but it's not without it's flaws.

The story itself is fast paced, exciting and they've done away with the self referential stuff that bogged down the 'Fluffy' one shot so much.  While the story itself isn't super original, seeing as the vampires fighting over a blood subsitute has been done a hell of a lot recently, it's actually well written enough to gloss over that.  In fact, I found it to be quite an exciting and action packed story.

However, my main bane with the vampirella stories is that the drawing of the character seems to be majorly stuck in the 80's in that she's the stereotypical heroine with big breasts and little clothing.  I've also found that to be annoying as it comes across as a bit cheap and tacky.  That's a real shame because the character of Vampirella herself is a well rounded character with an interesting past and back story.  That's not the artists fault here, Razek's artwork in this story is up to his normal very high standards, it's just the design of the main character herself.

The art in the rest of the comic book is very well drawn and really brings the action scenes to life but here Razek does something that not a lot of comic book artists do these days.  Even the quieter, dialogue driven scenes look and feel exciting as if there's always something bubbling under the surface.

Included in this release is the short story 'Lust For  Life' written by Ty Templeton and illustrated by Bruce Timm.  They manage to pack a hell of a lot of story in to such a short space and as always Timm's work is simple yet sublime at the same time.

All in all, this is a good one shot released by Dynamite Comics, who are fast becoming one of my favourite comic book publishers.  Well worth picking up.

Story 4/5
Art 4/5
Overall 8/10

 Vampirella: Nublood is released to buy 27th February 2013!

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