Advanced Review: Vampirella Halloween Special (One-Shot)


It has been a long time since I have seen the character of Dracula portrayed with the horror, the nobility and the viciousness that was once present in Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula. But writer Shannon Eric Denton manages to capture that vengeful, wondrous essence while still having some fun in this Vampirella Halloween Special from Dynamite.

Vampirella as well as the Lord of the Undead and his daughter Eva take center stage here, battling a slew of Halloween horrors (including a Wendigo!). There are enough monsters in this one 40-page issue to populate seven old Universal films, and each brings a special threat to our trio.

Of course, the real threat here for the Bat Brigade is the danger this Doomsday Cult may release one of the Elder Gods back upon the Earth. From threat to threat, the three warriors race to stop a potential apocalypse.

One thing is for certain, and I say this without spoilers: You will never guess the ending!

I love it how some comics companies celebrate one of my favorite holidays, Halloween, with special issues of their horror titles. It reminds me of a simpler time (at least in memory) when we read comics not to critique their closeness to their cinematic cousins (often starring the same characters these days) but just to witness the incredible and to have fun.

And the Vampirella Halloween Special is fun!

Artist Dietrich Smith captures a great old school style here, reminiscent of the horror comics of the 1950s. But this is not your granddad’s vampire comic, and there is more than a modernistic story approach here as Vampirella, Drac and Eva fight to save the population they feed upon.

This Halloween, Dynamite spells “fun” V-A-M-P-I-R-E!