Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Vampirella 15

Sanjulian provides the cover to this issue of Vampirella. Richard Corben (art) and Bill Dubay (story) provide the frontis story, "Vampi's Feary Tales: Metifa!".

First is "The Resurrection of Papa Voudou!" by Jose Gonzalez (art) and Archie Goodwin (story). Vampi and friends are in Cote de Soleil, where they meet Paul Giraud, who warns them of a secret police who worked for the former ruler, known as Papa Voudou. Working to bring back Papa Voudou is Madame Dominique and Colonel Ramm, who have kidnapped Conrad. They bring back Papa Voudou, but he is a rotting corpse, so they seek to restore his body by using spells of Chaos. Vampi and friends interfere and Adam and Giraud are heavily wounded. Vampirella saves Adam's life through a blood transfusion of her own blood, but are unable to stop Dominique and Ramm from blackmailing Conrad into casting their spell. However, it ends up restoring Giraud's wounds rather than Voudou's body, so he kills the both of them then is burned to his final death by Vampirella.

Second is "Quavering Shadows" by Jose Bea (art) and Doug Moench (story). While a serial killer plauges a town, a man, Andrew, visits his friend Jason, who has purchased a castle deep in the woods. Andrew eventually makes it there and finds his friend barely sane, telling him of ghosts in the castle and showing him mysterious shadows on the wall. Things get even stranger as Jason appears in different parts of the castle at the same time, then attacking Andrew with a club. Andrew returns home where he finds that his wife had been attacked by the serial killer, who was Jason! A very odd story.

Third is "A House is Not a Home" by Nebot (art) and Dave Mitchell (story). A young woman who witnessed her fathers death as a girl when he was summoning demons gets marries and has to travel to a strange house when the two are stranded in their car in a storm. Inside the husband reveals that he is a demon, getting revenge on her for her father's success battling them when she was a kid.

Last is "Welcome to the Witches Coven" by Luis Garcia (art, his Warren premiere) and Don McGregor (story). Some extremely good art kicks off Garcia's short lived Warren career, appearing to have been done in pencil only here. The story ain't that great though, featuring a woman in the modern era joining a witch's cult with disastrous results as they sacrifice a business friend of her husband's, then kill her when she tries to escape and alert the authorities.

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