Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Vampirella 102

This issue features a cover by Enrich, a redo of his cover for issue 60. Joze Gonzalez contributes another table of contents with Vampirella.

First is Vampirella in "Return of the Blood-Red Queen" by Gonzalo Mayo (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). The sister of the original Blood Red Queen of Hearts (who first appeared in issue 49) collects hearts and seeks revenge on Vampirella for her sister's death. Vampirella also faces trouble when her blood substitute ends up not working. By the end Vampi ends up on top and the Blood Red Queen is killed. A rather lame redo of a storyline which had already been done before in much better fashion with the original Queen. Mayo's art also seems a little down compared to usual at times in this story.

Second is Pantha in "A Night Full of Zombies Part Five" by Jose Ortiz (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). Pantha escapes from being attacked by alligators. Adam meanwhile is held captive by Munroe and Baron Samedi, but when Pantha arrives they defeat the both of them. They return to see Dr. Rictus, only to be attacked by his son, a Bigfoot! It seems that Samedi plans on stealing Pantha's body...

Third is Cassandra St. Knight in "Kill Quake!" by Auraleon (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). Cassandra, trying to prevent a quake that will hit New York is attacked by a druggie who had a vision of Cassandra killing him, which was actually a vision of his past life. Luckily she is able to save herself.

Fourth is The Fox, "Night of the Devildogs!" by Luis Bermejo (art) and Nicola Cuti (story). Sha-Ming and Raven are captured by men from the 'Boxer Revolution' who hold them captive until Sha-Ming summons Kuei demons to destroy their captors. The demons warn her to not let her uncle get the wand of Ch'in Shin Huang. They return to the boat where they plan on stopping him, but are spied upon as they head to the mainland where a festival is taking place. Thats where this segment ends.

Fifth is "Perseus" by Esteban Maroto (art) and Tim Moriarty (story). The story surrounds Perseus who seeks to rescue his mother from King Craccus. To do so, he finds Medusa and beheads her, then uses her face to turn his enemies to stone, including Gorgons and a Serpent beast. He rushes into Craccus's castle and unleashes Medusa's head once again, but this turns both Craccus and his mother to stone. Perseus is cursed with the knowledge that he killed his mother. Amazing artwork by Maroto on Medusa in this story.

Last is "Alicia" by Alphonso Font (art) and Carl Wessler (story). In France during late World War II a thief breaks into a house and finds a picture of the owner, who looks just like him! His wife arrives and mistakes him for her husband, but so does a group of zombie soldiers angry at him for betraying them. Their pursuit results in his death. After its revealed that the husband was around the whole time, hiding from them and helped tremendously by this recent turn of events. This is Font's only Warren appearance. Wessler stopped writing for Warren long before this issue making one wonder if this was a story that was originally intended to run years earlier.

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