Vampire, The Witch, And The Forest Fire: Vampirella #4 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

We jump back to before the plane crash once again, and we see that Vampirella was being hunted. Plus, she’d entered a romantic relationship with one of the nuns from the monster-killing squad with whom she’d been running. After more chastising from Dr. Chary in the present, Vampirella explains a run-in she and Victory had with a witch. After a tense conversation, the witch dared Vampirella to go into a wildfire to save the crew of a then just-crashed helicopter. However, thanks to a rough landing, lack of oxygen, and lack of blood, Vampirella had a particularly rough time with this rescue effort.

Vampirella #4 cover by Artgerm
Vampirella #4 cover by Artgerm

Vampirella #4 shows more of the trevails Vampirella dealt with in the time leading up to the plane crash. Relationship troubles abound, and she still struggles to find her place among the humans. The witch in particular sparks a doubt in Ella and how much good she actually does for humanity.

Beyond her relationship with the nun and the final reveal at the end, this issue is light on the dramatic reveals about how Vampirella has been living her life. That isn’t much of a problem though; this comic still has plenty of character development and compelling moments.

There is a particularly entertaining debate about morality and cultural sensitivity between Ella and the witch too.

Ergün Gündüz once again delivers some great-looking art, though I’m definitely noticing a theme of celebrity resemblance. Dr. Chary continues to look strikingly like Samuel L. Jackson, and the witch is the spitting image of Adam Driver. Again, this isn’t so much a criticism as an observation. The comic looks damn good on the whole, and is color art pops off the page well.

Vampirella #4 is another enjoyable and smartly-written installment for our blood-sucking hero. Her life continues to get more complicated and dangerous as her story nears the present, and I look forward to where writer Christopher Priest is going with this one. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Vampirella #4 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artist Ergün Gündüz, letterer Willie Schubert, cover artist Artgerm, and variant cover artists Guillem March, Fay Dalton, and Ergün Gündüz.

Final Score: 8/10

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