Comic Review: VAMPIRELLA 1969

Celebrating Vampirella’s birth in 1969, Dynamite has released a 48 paged, 5 episode collection of lush stories fit for the psychedelic era. Motorcycle gangs, drugs, bloody justice and a dose of Satan wax this tribute to the space vamp.

Here are a list of the stories and creative teams behind them:

‘69
written by:NANCY A. COLLINS
art by:FRITZ CASAS
colors by:INLIGHT STUDIOS

MERCY’S LULLABY
written by:ERIC TRAUTMANN
art by:BRETT WELDELE

MAGIC
written by:PHIL HESTER
art by:JETHRO MORALES
colors by:INLIGHT STUDIOS

THE BEELZEBUMS
written by:MARK RAHNER
art by:COLTON WORLEY

WEREWOLVES OF DIXIE
written by:DAVID F. WALKER
art by:ANEKE
colors by: INLIGHT STUDIOS

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Like any collections, some of the entries are stronger than others. Happy to say there are no duds present, but in my opinion, Mercy’s Lullaby and The Beelzebums stand out.

Mercy’s Lullaby drops in on Vampirella confronting a heart eating immortal, Mercy, in a graveyard as she’s about confront the beast that turned her. BRETT WELDELE is spooky fantastic here!

The Beelzebum’s is straight Russ Meyer’s, Vampirella showcases her assists to bad of devil worshiping bikers in order to slaughter them for their heinous crime. MARK RAHNER words are pulpy and COLTON WORLEY
art is down and dirty! Lots of fun.

Vampirella 1969, is a solid read of nostalgia tilted adventures, not sure it will attracted new fans but should tickle the fancy of vampites. For me the casual Vampirella fan, it was nice date with the iconic character, but I’m not sure we’re ready to go steady. Vampirella, though, might be the gal for you.

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