Across the multiverse are different versions of Vampirella, and this version of Vampirella is a pulp crime fighter in the 1930s. What makes her unique compared to her other multiversal counterparts? And what is her connection to the Cult of Chaos?
Tom Sniegoski and Jeannine Acheson return to Vampirella to expand on what they established in their work on Vampiverse with this one-shot. Sniegoski and Acheson were the architects of the Vampiverse, which made it all the more fitting that they would further explore the various iterations of Vampirella. Both of the writers do a great job tapping into the noir element that The Vamp resides in, where everything is full of mystery, art deco aesthetics, and all things that come with a pulp adventure. What makes The Vamp stand out as a character is not just the world that she lives in, but her origin which sets her apart from her counterparts in interesting ways, and asks the reader, how does one seek redemption and maintain that?
First off, Daniel Maine’s design of the Vamp is fantastic. While it exudes Carmen Sandiego, it’s a design that lends itself to this version of Vampirella nicely, making her stand out compared to some of her multiversal counterparts visually. As for the layouts, and linework, Maine does an exceptional job delivering beautiful visuals, action, and mystery. Some of what makes his art stand out the most is his compositions, and character expressions that adds another element of fun to the book. Francesca Citarelli’s color work perfectly captures the tone of the noir world that The Vamp resides in, enhancing Maine’s linework beautifully. Taylor Esposito does what any good letterer does, carefully placing the lettering wherever appropriate in order to let the art and writing breathe in harmony without encroaching on one another, making for an enjoyable read.
Vampiverse Presents: The Vamp One-Shot is a story filled with pulp action, adventure, mystery, and fun. Whether you’re familiar with Vampirella, it is not a requirement to enjoy this one-shot as it stands alone as its own thing, making for a worthwhile read that you can pick up without any concern for continuity. Sniegoski and Acheson clearly have a lot to offer within the world of Vampirella, and this is one of those examples of what they have to offer across the multiverse. If you’re new to Vampirella or interested in jumping in, this might open the door for you. I recommend adding this to your pull list.