BCP Roundtable Review – Vampirella vol. 3 #1 (Dynamite)

As part of a brand new article here on the Big Comic Page, we’re introducing our “Roundtable Review”, where we pick a title at random and throw it open to the combined might of Team BCP to share their thoughts on it.

The catch?  They only have fifty words to do so.

To kick things off, we have the first issue of the latest volume in Dynamite’s Vampirella series, from writer Kate Leth and artist Eman Cassallos.  Check out the solicitation info below, followed by what our team had to say;

Vampivol3-01-Cov-A-ZulloPublisher: Dynamite Comics
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Eman Casallos
Release Date: 2nd March, 2016

Vampirella takes Hollywood in this new adventure of the classic demon-hunting, monster-slaying, thrill-seeking vampire queen. When her stately manor is attacked, she begins to unravel a plot as old as the silver screen, discovering what monsters really lurk in the shadows of the City of Angels. Writer Kate Leth (Adventure Time, Edward Scissorhands, Hellcat) says, “Can Vampirella be both a cult icon on the rise and take down an empire of ghouls and ghosts? Signs point to: Hell, yes!”

“New story, new everything as Vampirella moves to L.A., gets a new outfit, and become an accidental social media star. It’s a decent drop in point for new readers as Vampirella explores Hollywood’s offerings. Self-depreciatingly irreverent fun and well worth a look. Though I might miss her old outfit.” (3.5/5) – John Wallace

“Really bad, unless you like Young Adult fiction. Not my thing at all, although I have to confess to smiling a few times. Definitely aimed at younger readers, wouldn’t be out of place on the CW. Not enough depth in the story for me. I did like the cover, though.” (2/5) – Andrew McGlinn

“Vampirella does Hollywood. Funny how this comes up just when the Lucifer TV show seems to be doing much the same thing – and missing most of what’s great about the character in the process. Anyways, this is a rather nice looking strip with a paper-thin plot. Killer looks, no bite.” (3/5) – Christopher Napier

“Vampirella does Twilight. Not knowing anything about the character’s lore this does not make me want to read previous stories. The best thing is the cover art and the fact it passes time. This strikes me as a character reboot attempt marketed at young adults and comic book newcomers.” (2/5) – David Gladman

“Vampirella: all style, no substance. Fans of ‘Fifty Shades’ will enjoy the raunch, but the book’s unlikely to appeal to regular comic readers. The dialogue is cringe-worthy and the outfits dated. Eman Casallos should find a book more worthy of his artistic talents, which are the book’s only saving grace.” (1/5) – Claire Stevenson


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