No Darkness For Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #10 Review

by Benjamin Hall

The summary opening Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #10 is very good at setting up the tone of this series for any oncoming readers. Though it will feel somewhat familiar in style to readers of writer David Avallone’s other comic Bettie Page: Unbound (2019-Present). It breaks the fourth wall in much the same way Elvira does in story. Also the summary text reads in a less formal manner. Yet there is the problem of the summary being almost literally repeated once or twice in story.

As for the covers, it feels like a waste of time and money with the creation of the latter variants. Meaning that the slightly different variations of covers A, B, and C are unnecessary. (At least they are unnecessary for any casual comic book buyer and/or fan of Cassandra Peterson alias Elvira.) Yet, this does not mean the covers A, B, C, and D are a waste. For example Cover D captures, via a photo, a great shocked, yet slightly comical expression from Cassandra. While covers A (which has some great greens and yellows) and B (with its great use of texture) show off more horror comedy imagery. Lastly, and arguably the best of the bunch, is Cover C with its satiric homage to the poster for Kill Bill (2003).

As for the writing it is relatively accessible. Though writer David Avallone does have a slight problem with his characterization. In other words the dialogue is sometimes a little too heavy on the obvious jokes and exposition. Yet in a way this sort of works for Elvira, and her cast, due to her history as a comedic horror host (Elvira’s Movie Macabre [1981-1986]). Also there are some good fourth wall breaks in the story that are true to the horror hostess’s fictional persona. Though the editor (Kevin Ketner) might need to watch out for certain sentences. Cause one sentence ends oddly, and another just reads that way.

As for the art it is relatively decent by today’s quality standards. Though the artist (Dave Acosta) does need to work a tiny bit on the illusion of motion. Also his characters’ legs and feet looking correct, and just slightly on keeping said body parts consistent in proportion. The coloring, by colorist Walter Pereyra, exhibits a nice range of hues, but could use a very slight change in his lighter colors. He’s currently using ones that could go unnoticed, or under appreciated, by people like myself with some type of color blindness. Lastly the lettering, by letterer Taylor Esposito, while good in font and font size, is a bit overdone when it comes to emphasizing words. Yet, it does at times help by pointing out the older pop culture references.

In conclusion as a first experience with this title I have to say it is entertaining. Though the fun is hurt a bit if one is reading this issue with a more critical eye. However, if one has seen anything by Cassandra Peterson in her Elvira persona than one should definitely pick this issue up. Also this issue, and possibly the early issues of the series, should please readers looking for a satirical horror adventure. In other words “go, buy, enjoy!”

Elvira Mistress of the Dark Issue 10 Cover C Art & Colors by John Royle with Mohan Lettering by Taylor Esposito

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