Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #1

Writer: David Avallone Artist: Fran Strukan Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: January 30, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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The Mistress of the Dark lands the leading role in a touching art film about human/gill monster romance, but there's something decidedly fishy about her costar. Is there an Oscar in her future, or is director Billy Bullworth interesting in spawning something more than an Academy Award-winning movie? Dive into the first issue of this special four-part miniseries, by David Avallone (ELVIRA, BETTIE PAGE).

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Feb 1, 2019

    Overall, Elvira:TheShape of Elvira #1is a wicked fun ride that captures the essence of theMistress of the Dark in a fun original story that stays true to the roots of the character. So far Dynamite Comics andAvallone have blown me away with their daring takes on classic characters. I look forward to the rest of Elvira's adventures on the set of ‘The Heart is a Black Lagoon.' Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Jan 29, 2019

    OverallThis is a promising start for what hopefully will be a great Elvira adventure with plenty of laughs and puns along the way. David Avallone has a great track record when it comes to writing for characters like Elvira and his last series with Elvira has set the bar high. Hopefully, this new one will be every bit as enthralling. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 30, 2019

    The Shape of Elvira takes us into some moviemaking magic to be happening and we get the main players introduced here to good effect. Avallone and Strukan are well-paired here in what they're doing with a lot of humor that totally has the Elvira feel to it and a great look that leans into the kinds of films she used to show and the set design of her old show while still producing lots of neat details and a great flow to it all. Here's to more of this in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Keith Callbeck Jan 30, 2019

    A good start to what promises to be a bit of silly fun. If you want comics to be fun, then you came to the right place. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 31, 2019

    It's all two shades away from being a straight-up Scooby Doo episode, but people who find themselves in the common chunk of Venn Diagrams for classic cinema and crypt-keeper comic books will find a fun home here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Patrick Cavanaugh Jan 30, 2019

    The narrative feels in line with what a reader would expect from such a title, but given that Dynamite is publishing another Elvira comic that proved to be more effective and ambitious in its first issue, Shape of Elvira leaves a lot of room for improvement. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Jan 31, 2019

    THE SHAPE OF ELVIRA continues writer Dave Avallone's witty and self-effacing style of writing filled with great one-liners and bizarre plots. Unfortunately, uneven artwork leaves this issue for the diehard fans of the Mistress of the Dark. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Jan 31, 2019

    The Shape of Elvira #1is a middling comic, thanks to an inconsistent tone. The book ultimately cannot decide what it wants to be. Is it a send-up to haunted house movies? Is it a satire? Is it a comedy title, or is it horror? Could it be both, or possibly neither? There are just too many questions circling the issue's tone, let alone the narrative for casual readers to be pulled in. HardcoreElvirafans will certainly find enjoyment here, but the rest are better off elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Jan 29, 2019

    On a good day Dynamite produces some great comics, but this is not one of their good days. As much as I wanted to like this story, it felt like a cheap and lazy effort which lacked the charm and charisma that should be effortless with a franchise this well established. Read Full Review

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