Review by: Rob Caprilozzi
Writer: Nancy A. Collins
Art: Patrick Berkenkotter
Synopsis: In FEAST OF SHADOWS, the first in the six-part OUR LADY OF SHADOWS story arc. Vampirella is sent by the Vatican to investigate the kidnapping of a little girl by Ethan Shroud and the Chaos cultists, only to become the centerpiece of a ritual invoking Lady Umbra, the sister-bride of Chaos, that leaves her marked as a living sacrifice to the dark goddess who rules the shadows. VAMPIRELLA is back and returns to her horror roots with Bram Stoker Award-winning author Nancy A. Collins (Swamp Thing, Sunglasses After Dark, Jason vs. Leatherface) and Patrick Berkenkotter (Avengers/Invaders, Red Sonja).
Our thoughts: There is no doubting that Vampirella is a horror comic legend. Since her debut in 1969 she is easily one of the most recognizable characters in comics. Recently the character has fallen upon hard times with creative team changes and lackluster storylines. News of a new creative team hit earlier in the year and I was hopeful that the character would be back on track placed firmly in the horror realm.
As I read through the first issue I was pleasantly surprised and after each page turned I thought to myself “please don’t let me down.” When things could have taken a turn towards cheesy or predictable, they didn’t! Nancy Collins did a great job of placing Vampirella back in a horror realm and made the book feel like a classic horror comic magazine series of the 70’s.
The artwork by Patrick Berkenkotter was top notch. When it came time to deliver creepy, intense scenes, the artist stepped it up. I look forward to seeing how the writer/artist combination will continue to grow on this series.
A reboot is just what this franchise desperately needed. Nancy Collins just put the bite back in Vampirella!