Sunday, July 27, 2008

Vampirella 99

A reprinted cover kicks off this issue of Vampirella. The Sanjulian cover was originally published for issue 23.

First is "Spell of Slaughter" by Gonzalo Mayo (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). With the assistance of Cassandra. St. Knight, in a cameo appearance (her usual segment is absent this issue), Vampi is able to track down Pendragon's captors. She heads there with Conrad and they fight the demons there. The leader, Shadrach, switches Vampi and Conrad's afflictions temporarily, but they are able to come out on top.

Next is "Missing You" by Leopold Sanchez (art) and Bruce Jones (story). Both were gone from Warren at this point but returned to Vampirella for this two part story. It surrounds a man whose blind wife has gone missing on the top of a mountain, where they had been mountain climbing. As he searches for her he flashes back to them getting in a fight over an affair he was having, the car accident that made her blind and other assorted things that built up to the trip into the mountain. Terrific story which won't conclude until issue 104.

Third is "Friends" with art by the Artifact team (Val Lakey, John Lakey & Laura Buscemi) and story by Val Lakey. A man is in love with his best friend's wife. One day he heads to their home under false pretences and drugs her, planning to rape her while she's unconscious. She ends up waking up soon afterwards, but he ties her up, beats her then rapes her anyway. At the end its revealed that his friend was doing the same thing to his wife, both of whom consented to such actions.

Fourth is Pantha's entry for this issue, "The Lair of Dr. Rictus" by Jose Ortiz (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). Our heroes continue towards Haiti. Moonchild is able to stop the storm threatening them on the sea. They reach land and go see Dr. Rictus, an old man who initially appears very sick but looks fine the next morning.

The issue wraps up with the cover story "Salome", with story & art by Esteban Maroto.Salome, daughter of the king is in love with a prophet who has been jailed. He refuses her so she desires he be executed. Her father fears what the people would do to him were the prophet to be executed, but eventually goes along with her wishes, chopping off his head, then orders her executed as well.

Aside from Vampirella & Pantha's segments a really good issue.

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