This story is set in 1974, where Vampirella is in a band called Witchkraft, an all-female rock group. They get to hang with a new fan, Lily, whom Vampirella hires as her assistant of sorts, as she goes around LA trying to eradicate all evil. Meanwhile, KISS is in town recording their second album, but we don’t learn too much from that storyline aside from the fact that they have a drummer friend who is losing his mind. He’s safe, until someone or something takes him from the group. But Vampirella and Lily are hot on the case!
Sebella’s writing is fluid and appropriately paced. Some of the best conversations come from Lily and Vampi as they talk about what Vampirella really is (a vampiric alien). The dialogue is natural and comfortable for a human just finding out that there is a vampiric alien species out there. They talk like old friends, and it comes across really well.
The language used is simple enough to understand, and we get to see a lot of Vampi’s personality through her dialogue and actions. The only qualm I have with this issue is that we see a lot more of Vampirella than KISS. I’m not complaining, but they share the title and I feel like we got more detail on Vampi than we did on the band.
Vampirella’s current life situation is really cool. She’s in a badass band that, honestly, I wish was real. It’s cool enough that it’s a rock band. On top of that, it’s an all-female group. On top of that, they’re called freaking Witchkraft. What an aesthetic! And she hunts demons in her spare time. Vampi’s life is looking awesome. But I have to admit, I’m looking forward to seeing how she handles the bumps that are bound to show up in the road.
Martello’s illustrations are beautiful. The line work is clean and smooth, and Pinto’s coloring makes this issue even more mysterious. The thing is, though, we can’t tell the time period too well. The characters are dressed in a modern fashion, not that which we’d expect to see in the early to mid ‘70s. And we can only tell that Vampirella is Vampirella by her straight-banged haircut. The realistic nature of the artwork adds a lot of emotion to the art style and makes for a pretty dramatic issue.
KISS/Vampirella #1 is a great issue to kick off the series. Vampi fans, you’re going to love this take on her character. We don’t see all too much of KISS just yet, but I’m hoping that changes really soon. The concept of throwing rock and roll into the mix of storytelling is a great one, and I can’t wait for more!
Written by: Christopher Sebella
Illustrated by: Annapaola Martello