Saturday, May 24, 2008

Vampirella 86

Here's the final Vampirella issue from the Louise Jones era. Only four stories, but aside from the Vampi story its not that bad an issue. The cover is by Terrance Lindall.

First up is "Revenge of the Renegade Wizard" by Gonzalo Mayo (art) and Bill Dubay (story, under the name Will Richardson). Vampi, Adam and Pantha fight Tenichi, an evil wizard they had originally fought in issue 73. An action filled story that just is not that interesting to me, like most of Vampi's later stories.

Next up is "Snarking Down" by Auraleon (art) and Bruce Jones (story). Its about a man going to see a woman and her husband who he hasn't seen in years. While working on another planet, the husband got as a pet a 'snark', an ugly tentacled creature that has the ability to hypnotize people into thinking its their lover. Naturally his wife wants to get rid of the thing, but there are unintended consequences and it is she who ends up dying.

"Brain Food" by Jun Lofamia (art) and Michael Fleisher (story) is third, about a man who discovers the healing powers of a tribe living deep within a jungle. He also finds out their favorite meal, monkey brains. He kills one of them and steals what he thinks is a magic blanket, only for them to catch him, cause two new heads to grow on his body, and eat the brains of all of them.

Last up is the "Pygalion Effect" by Val Mayerik & Jeff Easely (art) and Nicola Cuti (story). The story's about a girl who can make inanimate objects alive. Her father tells her to stop, but when she's kidnapped, she uses her powers to rescue herself.

My personal fave is 'Snarking Down' although the last 2 stories are fairly good too.

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