A Bad Break-Up In A Prison Standoff: Vampirella #6 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Vampirella and Mother Mary have a shouting match while clearing out a vampire’s den. Drake and Vampirella’s mother convene on what to do about Vampirella. Jezebel tracks down Nyx and finds a way to coerce her into helping the building coalition against Vampirella. Later, Vampirella and Victory visit the courthouse to deal with Victory’s numerous unpaid parking tickets and bench warrants. While there, a prisoner breaks free and tries to hold Victory hostage. Needless to say, Vampirella isn’t happy about this and Victory gets to see “the other side” of ‘Ella.

Vampirella #6 cover by Artgerm
Vampirella #6 cover by Artgerm

Vampirella #6 is another dry issue of ‘Ella’s comic where she continues to recite the story of last year to Dr. Chary. 
This issue finds Vampirella coming off as extremely callous in discussing some of the more traumatic things she experienced, particularly in regards to Mother Mary and Victory. A lot of it is due to their dying relationships and the resentment Vampirella has built for each partner.
The part of the comic with Jezebel and Nyx is brief, but you almost have to feel for Nyx in that time. The Red Queen of Hearts puts Nyx in a cruel position, though Nyx responds somewhat heartlessly herself.
Vampirella’s mother and Drake continue to build their vague plot against Vampirella from the background. We don’t learn much about it in this issue.
Keeping a lot of plots running is a hallmark of Christopher Priest’s writing style (see also Deathstroke and his stint on Justice League), but it’s not quite gelling in this issue as it has in past Priest projects. It’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on, especially considering how slowly many of the plots are moving.
Ergün Gündüz’s artwork seems a little weaker in this issue as well. There are many times that ‘Ella’s and Victory’s faces look a little uncanny and inhuman in this issue. Plus, the figures in the foreground seem especially disconnected from their surroundings in many scenes. The overall style looks good and the art holds strong through much of the book, but there are some weak points. Gündüz’s color work is well-balanced, though a little too heavy on the brights in some panels.
Vampirella #6 is a weak point in this series. The story loses momentum under the weight of so many plot threads. The art is weaker than in previous issues as well. While I can still recommend it for those who’ve enjoyed Priest and Ergün Gündüz’s stint on Vampirella, but this is far from a must-read comic.
Vampirella #6 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: 5.5/10

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