Vampirella #1

Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Eman Casallos Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: March 2, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 2
7.2Critic Rating
5.0User Rating

Vampirella takes Hollywood in this new adventure of the classic demon-hunting, monster-slaying, thrill-seeking vampire queen. When her stately manor is attacked, she begins to unravel a plot as old as the silver screen, discovering what monsters really lurk in the shadows of the City of Angels. Writer Kate Leth (Adventure Time, Edward Scissorhands) says, "Can Vampirella be both a cult icon on the rise and take down an empire of ghouls and ghosts? Signs point to: Hell, yes!"

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Ashley Leckwold Mar 4, 2016

    Deciding to keep it simple in story and cast, the first issue of the new Vampirella series from Dynamite Entertainment is a fun and sexy story that introduces a classic character to a new, modern audience. Itll be interesting to see where the story of Vampirella as a viral media sensation goes, but the groundwork laid by Leth, Casallos and Pinto in this first issue make sure that it will not be boring in the least. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper Feb 29, 2016

    Eman Casallos's art is pretty good. Sometimes the characters can seem a bit stiff, but other times the characters are done well. He does well with expressive faces, and the dramatic scenes seem decent. Kate Leth's writing was alright. Again, I have no prior experience with Vampirella, so I don't know if the character was spot on or not. However, some things did have loose ends. It is the first of the new series, so I can give it time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Gillian Devine Mar 1, 2016

    It will be interesting to see how the tale unfolds in the next issue, and to find out whatever happened to the rising stars in the woods when shooting what one can assume to be the next big cinema release, and their connection with Vampirella. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Mar 2, 2016

    Kate Leth's script forVampirella#1 is witty and worldly combining quick hittingbanter with Old and New Hollywood scheming. Slade might dress like a 1930s starlet, but her techniques for getting at Vampi are veryTMZ.Artist Eman Casallos cuts up the page with multiple panels and plenty of space between them to show Vampirella's speed as she dispatches Slade's goons, who interrupt her sexy time and singlehandedly brings vampire clubs out of cold storage. Colorist Valentine Pinto goes dark with her palette, but differentiates the steamy silhouettes of Vampi and Tristan rolling around in the sheets with the stark black and blue horror of the victim of the month in the comic's opening. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 2, 2016

    This is a very solid book that has wiped away my concerns and turned me into an excited fan once again. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 2, 2016

    If you've never read a Vampirella comic, there's never been a better time to dive in. This debut issue gives the iconic character a functional makeover without ignoring the more sexually charged elements of the franchise. This issue strikes a nice balance between Vampirella's battle with celebrity and the emergence of a new supernatural threat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Kevin Given Mar 31, 2016

    Eman Casallos art reminds you of classic Vampirella tales without being derivative of it. The art is fresh and bold, signaling that this is a new version of our favorite female vamp. He renders the characters with a modern sensibility and yet has a respect for the traditional characters that you seldom see in the big two comic companies. Good fun so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Mar 5, 2016

    This relaunch of Vampirella is off to a great start.  It requires no prior knowledge of the character to jump right in and enjoy.  Writer Kate Leth introduces an intriguing monster mystery while simultaneously bringing Vampirella into the 21st century.  This is a reboot I can get behind. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Mar 2, 2016

    'Vampirella' #1 is full of flirty sexy wit with a new spin on hunting monsters in a social media-crazed L.A. Leth gives Vampirella a fresh fun approach complete with a new look while still fighting evil forces that surround her. This is one Dynamite relaunch that is easy to jump on and enjoy from the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Mar 2, 2016

    Vampirellas debut is a strong statement of intent that is already much smarter and sexier than anything done with the character in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Mar 3, 2016

    This is a wonderful version of Vampirella. She even gets a new outfit! I know, right? Scandalous! Overall, this is a really good issue to start off a series that is going to be rather impressive. I’m guessing the plot is going to thicken next issue, so keep reading to see what happens! Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Harry Roachford Mar 2, 2016

    No first issue can ever be perfect but this new take onVampirellais most definitely going in the right direction. Placing a vampire in the city of angels is ironic but it's the sort of irony that works. The creative team already have a rhythm. Once they get into the swing of things proper then you'll want to watch this space. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Mar 2, 2016

    Back to the book, on first glance, I wanted to really dislike this book. Thanks to the fun element of the writing and in parts some quality art, I was pleasantly surprised. Off the three restarts, Dejah Thoris, Red Sonja and Vampirella, this is weakest of the bunch, which may seem harsh as the others have had the opportunity to embed their stories and style with a second issue. Still, I am curious to see the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Mar 6, 2016

    Vampirella #1 serves a nice jumping point for new readers and experienced comic book enthusiasts. It offers new story, new creative team, and Vampy's new outfit. Perhaps as the story progresses, sophistication in storytelling would emerge on how the plot revolves. But Eman Casallos' art is generally the strongest point here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Mar 7, 2016

    Despite its flaws, "Vampirella" #1 accomplishes its most important task: getting the reader excited for the rest of the series. I came away from this issue with a dozen different hints as to where it could head, and I'm eager to see how things progress. A relaunch always has to make the case for "why," and "Vampirella" does just that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Mar 3, 2016

    The series' acceptance of camp and tradition is probably a smart move for a dated title that hasn't gotten much rehab since its inception. If Dynamite isn't going witha full revamp, embracing the cliches that come withhypersexuality and a whole lotta ass-kicking (provided with a wink) seems to be the way to go. Leth has boxed herself in a bit with this approach, but it's turning out to be a pretty fun run. Maybe that's what Vampirella is best at. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Mar 2, 2016

    There are some monsters, some jokes, some clubs, and a lot of sex, but none of it is very interesting or original. Frankly, there is just nothing here to recommend the book over the far superior 'Black Magick' and 'Cry Havoc' which are exploring similar urban fantasy territory but with the virtues Vampirella lacks, namely charisma and creativity. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Mar 2, 2016

    I won't be back for more of this series. I personally don't think there's much to do with Vampirella anymore. She reminds me of the pulp characters that Dynamite also has in their library. They've had their time and they should be left to rest so that new characters and stories can fill our comic shops rather than people chasing nostalgia or in this case rebooting a property that no one asked for. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Mar 1, 2016

    Vampirella #1 starts off well, but quickly gets off track with continuity issues, forced plotprogression, and out-of-place dialogue. There is a decent story hidden behind all of these issues, but as it stands there are just way too many errors. There is even a spelling error that would describe Vampirella's chauffeur as a chauffer, or a portable stove. You should skip Vampirella #1. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    RedDiamondDame Mar 3, 2016

    Homophone errors, poor structure and massive dose of cliche storytelling. Could have been better but might have just been too much first issue establishment problems happening.

  • 4.0
    Briton Mar 3, 2016

    If you are going to strip an character of its iconic costume on the alter of political correctness and replace it with something Father Christmas's chief elf's daughter might wear, at least get the writing right. This title doesn't - and it's an incoherent shambles. It's not all bad - the art is rather good.

    This isn't Vampi at all, and I will await her return once this wretched effort has failed.

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