VAMPIRELLA: SECOND COMING #1-2
Written by Phil Hester and Illustrated by Daniel Sampere
Published by Harris Publications
This is a decidedly different Vampirella story, one in which the famous swimsuit-clad vampire is conspicuously absent. Rather we are introduced to Kelly Witten and her husband, a couple about to embark on two radically divergent paths.
Kelly is a social worker at a center for abused women until she begins noticing Vampirella wherever she looks. Vampirella’s distinctive ‘V’ symbol, painted throughout the city, her image tattooed on a client’s arm, a video of her in the midst of battle. Kelly thinks she is going crazy, until one night it becomes clear who she truly is and what she must do to become that person…or creature. Her husband Frank, however, has had his own dalliances with a different sort of damned and is no longer in control of his actions, however gruesome they may be. Kelly’s best friend Lauren is refusing to abandon her friend, but the price she pays for loyalty is the end of her life as she knows it. She struggles with this newfound world until she is shown the way through blood and violence.
Chock full of lustful carnage, SECOND COMING really gets the blood pumping in more ways than one. There is a method to this gory madness, a mission at the heart of the slaughter and confusion, all in preparation for a war fueled by man, machine and demonic magic.
A darkly intriguing take on a familiar and classic character, SECOND COMING delivers a Vampirella story well worth looking into, especially given the surprisingly cheap cover price ($1.99). Sampere doesn’t skimp on the gore and displays the versatile ways one can view bloodshed. From curve-hugging waves to viscous streaks, the artist succeeds in molding the gratuitous slaughter into a piece of art. Hester in turn does an excellent job of creating a mysterious prelude to the upcoming conflict as well as believable uncertainty and conflict in the men and women (especially the women) involved. I’m on board this mystical, bloody train ride and I look forward to seeing where it goes.