The Vampire Demon Purgatori is fighting a battle on two fronts, tussling against the witches that are trying to control her mind while facing off against creatures in the forests of Europe.
Amongst the confusion and scuffle, Purgatori seeks out answers for her sudden presence in Norway. Who is haunting Purgatori? Can she survive the onslaught of monsters or will she become a puppet just like them?
Ray Fawkes writes this follow-up issue and manages to deliver an action packed book full of witty humor, horror, and fun. Purgatori is witty, sarcastic, and lively. Much like her contemporary, Vampirella, Purgatori has personality. It’s interesting that even in the midst of bad girl characters, Purgatori isn’t so one-note, and this book proves that. Whether it’s the witches that are trying to control Purgatori, or the new companion that she befriends, the characters that Purgatori interacts with retains reader investment in her story. Fawkes has a good handle on the character and her battle against nordic creatures as she searches for answers is entertaining and worthwhile.
In regards to the art department, Sarraseca delivers detailed linework and layouts that really carry the story that Fawkes has written. The art is further highlighted by Salvatore Aiala’s painterly colors, transforming Sarraseca’s layouts and providing a cinematic experience that makes this femme fatale fun. Tom Napolitano does a good job at placing the word balloons in appropriate spaces, allowing for the art and lettering to flow without overwhelming each other, nor taking up panel real estate. This makes the reading experience enjoyable throughout the book. This was a fun book with a likable character, and action full of sorcery, witchcraft, and action. If you enjoy books that contain these elements, and characters like Vampirella, then you’ll enjoy this issue.