Vampirella/Red Sonja #6 is published by Dynamite, written by Jordie Bellaire, with art by Drew Moss, colored by Rebecca Nalty and lettered by Becca Carey. This issue continues Vampirella and Red Sonja’s adventures through different times and dimensions. The issue opens with Vampirella watching the exchange between Red Sonja and the witch that gave her the Generation Stone which has them hopping from one adventure to the next. After each experiences what the other has been through, we are taken to their present situation in Northumbria where dragons are terrorizing the kingdom.
In seven pages Jordie Bellaire does a good job of showing readers what each character has gone through in the last couple of issues of this storyline. She does it in an interesting way too, by having Vampirella watch Red Sonja and vice versa. Each one experiences the moment from the point of view of the other. In the story, Bellaire adds minor character quirks through the dialogue to distinguish their personalities.
For example, Vampirella is portrayed with a no-nonsense personality specifically in a moment where she has to ask Red Sonja to stop interrupting while she tries to bring her up to speed and tries to figure out how to use the Generation Stone to get out of Northumbria and away from the dragons. On the other hand, Red Sonja can’t help but marvel at the mention of the dragons. This is the tone set for their friendship in the series; Red Sonja is curious while Vampirella is serious and just wants to get down to business.
Nalty’s colors assist Bellaire’s time travel story by adding a muted tone to connote when either Vampirella or Red Sonja is watching events take place in the past to show that they are not in the present in that particular moment. I especially liked her use of the yellow and brown tinge in the flashback scene on pages nine and ten, which had the appearance of pages in an old book, indicating to the reader that the events that led to the current situation in Northumbria happened long ago. Using this color palette is a good companion to Bellaire’s story and helps the reader visually along with the narrative.
Becca Carey’s lettering adds to the story through the caption boxes she uses to distinguish Vampirella and Red Sonja from each other. For Vampirella, she uses a black caption box with white text and in the upper left-hand corner of each, there are the options you would typically find on a video or voice recorder: record, play, pause and stop. Red Sonja’s caption boxes are pink and uneven. It’s a good way to show that the characters are different from each other in terms of their personalities, but also in relation to when and where their backstories are set. Red Sonja comes from a prehistoric era and Vampirella’s adventures take place in present-day earth which of course comes with technological advancements. Another good choice I found was the beginning when either Red Sonja or Vampirella are talking (while watching events take place in a different time), their word balloons are white but fade to pink. This is an obvious indicator that shows the reader that the characters are talking in a moment where they are temporally displaced.
Overall a good job by the team working in tandem to show the shifts in point of view and time.
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