Vampirella #0 ComicWow! Review


This is a budget item, and short comic — only about 18 pages of story and art.

Paul Cornell wrote a lot of Dr. Who, and is one of the creators of fan-favorite character Bernice “Bernie” Sommerfield.  He also wrote for BBC TV, including Primeval, Elementary, and more.  His comics credits include Sauce Country, Knight and Squire, Action Comics, and Wolverine.

Jimmy Broxton worked on Dr. Who Comics.  He also worked on Saucer Country, Wool, Unwritten, and more.

Cornell and Broxton have worked together on Knight and Squire.

This is a special issue, an introduction to the relaunch of the venerable series. Vampirella, created in the early Warren Era (1969) by the legendary Forrest J. Ackerman.  The iconic character started as a horror host, but soon evolved into her own character. A perennial favorite, she has been in print almost continuously for 45 years.

Vampirella is time-tested franchise.  As a character, she has been around longer than many of her readers.  She has made the transition from black-and-white to color.  She has appeared in comics, magazines, posters, toys, movies, and more.

This appears to be a mix of science fiction and gothic elements. There is a small group moving through a frozen wasteland.  At the bottom of the page, a 60’s style narration describes Vampirella’s dreams.

It’s a suicide mission.  They are trying to find and revive the legendary Vampirella.

When she awakens, she is alone.  She finds that those who revived her left her a book about…herself.

The book gives her information about different incarnations of her existence, some more supernatural, some more scientific, and she is alone trying to de-conflict these different versions of her own prior existence.

Although the readers understand that the world into which she will emerge is somewhat dystopian, neither Vampirella nor the readers understand the full nature of her new world.

Cornell understands the limitation of the serial/episodic comic book format, and he accepts that, skillfully using that to entice readers into this new series. He reveals just enough to get readers interested.

Broxton is a skilled artist, and he is working to simultaneously convey both post-apocalyptic science fiction and quasi-gothic claustrophobia.  His work at some points looks like a mixture of painting and drawing. He uses grainy textures to mix claustrophobia and darkness into a potent gothic aura that permeates the last eight pages of this short comic.

This looks like the start of something awesome.

Written by: Paul Cornell

Illustrated by: Jimmy Broxton