Review – Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 (Dynamite)

Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Ediano Silva
Colours: Dinei Ribiero
Letters: Troy Peteri
Release Date: 26th September 2018

The natural resources of Barsoom are dwindling and the Heliumites are on the brink of war with the Torquasians. A mysterious craft that will achieve landfall in the fiercely contested region of Aaanthor sends Princess Dejah Thoris into the wilderness to discover whether its pilot is friend or foe and do whatever it takes to avoid outright war. Barsoom‘s latest visitor however, could be bringing with her a far greater disaster.

I’ve previously stated my lifelong love of all things Vampi. I’m also a massive fan of the John Carter/ Barsoom stories so I’m looking forward to seeing where Erik Burnham (Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest) takes us, and certainly the premise is one that promises epic adventure.

I recently reviewed Dynamite’s Vampirella title “Roses for the Dead” and I had a lot of problems with it. Vampirella: Dejah Thoris however, has the makings of a good story and whilst I groaned quite loudly at yet another chunk of a single issue dedicated to a Vampi origin story, at least on this occasion it’s actually relevant to the story that is unfolding.

Ediano Silva is best known for his work on fantasy titles such as Grimm Fairytales, Jungle Fantasy & Pathfinders so he’s well placed to create the world of Barsoom and the characters within. There’s no getting away from the fact that Vampi is an all but naked, super-hot sapphic vampire who spends a lot of time in compromising positions specifically aimed at showing off her assets… it’s brilliant therefore to see that Silva has given us more than just mile long legs and a spectacular cleavage to gaze at. Dinei Ribiero (DC Rebirth) does a great job of bringing Silva’s art to life, which I think is helped by having previously worked on Dynamite’s Warlord of Mars series.

Overall I think this is a series that has potential but as with previous Vampirella stories I think this will benefit from being read in Graphic Novel format rather than single issues.

Rating: 3/5.


The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
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