Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Vampirella 97

This issue of Vampirella features a reprint of issue 58's cover by Enrich. Jose Gonzalez provides a one page portrait of Vampirella on the contents page.

First up is "Army of the Dead!" by Gonzalo Mayo (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). Thankfully the art reins have been handed over to Mayo from Nebres. A much shorter story than the last number of issues, this story features the council of wizards after Vampi coming after her by using a native american who can turn into a wolf man. Vampi, who has been reunited with Pantha and Adam encounter the wolf man while driving down the road. The story stops in the middle of things, to be continued in the next issue.

Second is "Many Faces of God" by Auraleon (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story), part of the Cassandra St. Knight serial. Cassandra's apprentice Tarot is captured by a cult of bald people. Cassandra heads there and manages to outsmart them, save Tarot, and break up the cult.

Next is the latest in the Pantha serial, "A Night Full of Zombies!" by Jose Ortiz (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). Pantha takes care of a rapist in Central Park in New York while Adam is called by an old friend involved with a drug deal. Adam heads down there with his personal bodyguard, Moonchild (introduced in the prior issue) finding that the friend is dead. At the end it is revealed that a zombie was responsible for his death and attacks Adam and a cop that was there.

Following is "Hershey's Rock" by Felix Santos (art) and Kevin Duane (story). A horrible, horrible story that has no place in a horror magazine. It features a ship traveling through an asteroid field near Jupiter. Rather light-hearted and pleasent, making it a story that just doesn't belong here, or in any Warren magazine for that matter.

Last is "Wormbrand!" by Auraleon (art) and Bruce Jones (story). The story takes place in a future where children are created artificially in factories. In one such factory a fired worker tampers with the equipment, causing the children produced to have defects. One such child belongs to the Wormbrand family, whom shows very advanced intelligence, but acts like a rat. His mother ends up drowning him in the river.

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