REVIEW: ‘Vampirella Volume 2: The God You Know’

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Dynamite’s Vampirella is a classic. She’s sexy, she’s gruesome, and she really needs no introduction. Written by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by Andy Belanger and Rapha Lobosco, colors by Lee Loughridge, and letters by Travis Lanham, “The God You Know” is a great introduction to Vampirella for any newbie.

Starting with a love interest death on page two, it’s obvious there’s no place to go except a blood-filled murder rampage straight out of Dusk till Dawn. Like Mad Max meets Dracula, “The God You Know” has dusty car chases, overly elaborate weaponry, colosseum style battles, and a lot of not dying. That’s because after Vampirella saved the world from Lucifer’s fake Heaven scheme, the entire world lost the ability to die even after being blown up, impaled, starvation, etc. It’s a world without consequences, and that’s where the story begins. With everyone hating Vampirella. It’s a promising premise. Unfortunately, it had a few flaws in execution. 

The greatest thing about comics is their ability to show a story. When you have a comic you can show, for example, the subtle cues between two people afraid to admit their feelings to each other. You don’t have to use multiple blocks of text and additional text at the bottom of the page to explain what the reader is literally looking at with their eyes. It’s unnecessary and it causes a really good, interesting story to get lost among the text blocks. I had to skim a number of panels just to get through the pages. If all of the extraneous text been a little more edited, it would have been a great read.

Speaking of showing, that’s another aspect that falls short on occasion. The way to a man’s heart is through his face according to Belanger and at one point Vampirella swipes at a man’s face yet the next scene shows his heart in her hand.  I’m starting to understand why there’s so much elaboration on Whitley’s part in this arc. There is also a love scene that shifts in style to anime, which was a bit jarring. 

Don’t get me wrong, “The God You Know” has some great moments, like when Vampi expects a kiss and gets a blubbering bear hug, a surprise betrayal, and a pretty cool deus ex machina that needs better elaboration in further stories. But isn’t that what keeps us reading comics? It’s certainly a really great, albeit overindulging, introduction to the character.

You can pick this issue up now on Amazon.

Vampirella Volume 2: The God You Know
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TL;DR

Don’t get me wrong, “The God You Know” has some great moments, like when Vampi expects a kiss and gets a blubbering bear hug, a surprise betrayal, and a pretty cool deus ex machina that needs better elaboration in further stories. But isn’t that what keeps us reading comics? It’s certainly a really great, albeit overindulging, introduction to the character.