Saturday, October 4, 2008

Vampirella 110

Enrich's final Warren cover kicks off this issue of Vampirella. Jose Gonzalez provides a table of contents image of Vampirella.

First up is "A Feast of Fear" by Jose Gonzalez (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). This issue features a murder mystery where Vampirella and Adam investigate. It ends up that a demon a woman summoned went out of control. Vampi and Adam are able to defeat the demon, but unfortunately for Vampirella she and Adam find it hard to redeem their prior romantic relationship.

Next is "The Masque of the Red Death", an adaption of the classic Poe story by Auraleon (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story). This classic tale tells of a plague that arises, killing many. Prince Prospero and his friends barricade themselves in a castle safe from the plague, and won't let any of the sick people in. They hold a ball where a mysterious masked man arrives with a skull like face who touches them, causing them to all die of the plague themselves.

Third is "Jeremy" by Paul Gillon (art & story), the latest story in this series. The pirate ship that Jeremy is on heads to an island where they are fought by new enemies. Later Jeremy takes advantage of an internal scuffle to escape along with Dona Aurelia.

Fourth is "Torpedo" by Alex Toth (art) and Sanchez Abuli (story). Luca, our hero from the previous story is attacked by a young boy, the orphaned son of one of his victims. Luca flashes back to how the man, who was a good friend of his was killed by him years ago in order to keep the mob from coming after him. Another pretty good story in this series, which would continue, without Toth in the next issue.

Fifth is another Auraleon drawn story, "Nightwind", featuring a story by Gerry Boudreau. A young man murders one of his father's tenants, a young black woman who he had fallen in love with but was forbidden from being with. His arrest and pleading of guilty due to insanity sparks an uproar that between a mob of black men and the young man and his father, with them all end up perishing.

Sixth is "The Queen of Souls" by Esteban Maroto (art) and Bill Dubay (story). My favorite story of this issue, this story also features some very good art by Maroto. The Queen of the Valley of Souls encounters a handsome man, Tristan, and his lover in the woods. The Queen asks him to become her husband, but he refuses so she kills her lover. He still refuses her demands and decides to kill himself instead. The Queen, desperate to bring him back to life finds her advisors and servants no help, until she finds an old woman who tells her of a boatman in a valley. She heads there and he brings her to 'The Dark Pit of Torment', where she finally finds him. He tells her there is no escape however, that they are in hell, where she is trapped forever and faces an eternity of torment.

The issue concludes with "Tales of Lost Drakulon" by Gonzalo Mayo (art) and Bill Dubay (story). This story was to kick of a new sequence of Vampirella stories, featuring Vampirella in her youth. With Vampirella coming to a quick end due to Warren's bankruptcy only this story was made in this serial. The story features Vampirella as a teen (still wearing her usual costume) and Tristan trying to save some lizard creatures on Drakulon. A very short story at only 4 pages long.

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