The Team Fights Prohibition: ‘Vampirella/Red Sonja #7’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Vampirella and Red Sonja are now in New York, 1920. The duo are ambushed by a pair of tommy gun-wielding gangsters, but Sonja is able to dispatch them with ease. Ella and Sonja take the gangsters’ clothes to blend in and go to a location one of the men had written on a scrap of paper. There, the two women are approached by dirty cops who had intended to meet with the gangsters. Vampirella and Sonja play along, and Sonja also finds a talking rat. Sonja and Ella are then taken to the gangsters’ distillery–where they find that the cops and gangsters have children packaging the alcohol.

Vampirella/Red Sonja #7 cover by Jae Lee and June Chung
Vampirella/Red Sonja #7 cover by Jae Lee and June Chung

Vampirella/Red Sonja #7 finds the two heroes on a Prohibition Era adventure. Both are far out of their element in the setting, but they are both canny and able to blend in.
This is an issue where it feels very little of consequence happens until we begin approaching the end of the comic. We get to watch Sonja and Vampirella kick some gangster ass, steal their clothes and play at being Prohibition freebooters, but it all feels like it doesn’t matter. 
However, once the child-run bottling plant is discovered, things kick into overdrive. A lot happens and a lot is revealed. The book becomes more grabbing here, even if a lot of it is a little confusing.
The comic is still pretty funny throughout and that keeps even the slow first half readable.
Vampirella/Red Sonja #7 art by Drew Moss, Rebecca Nalty, and letterer Becca Carey
Vampirella/Red Sonja #7 art by Drew Moss, Rebecca Nalty, and letterer Becca Carey

Drew Moss once again provides a solid visual treatment full of personality and appeal. Sonja and Vampirella look slick in their gangster getups and the action sequences are as enjoyable as ever. Rebecca Nalty gives the book a well-balanced and atmospheric color palette and it does a lot for the mood of the tale.
Vampirella/Red Sonja #7 is another fun issue for the title, even if the front half is a little lackluster this time around. Sonja and Vampirella are a delightful duo, and watching them moxy their way through the Prohibition Era in New York is pretty damn enjoyable. As such, this one still gets a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Vampirella/Red Sonja #7 comes to us from writer Jordie Bellaire, artist Drew Moss, color artist Rebecca Nalty, letterer Becca Carey, cover artist Jae Lee with June Chung, and variant cover artists Erica Henderson; Leonardo Romero with Jordie Bellaire; Juan Gedeon; and Drew Moss, Rebecca Nalty, Frank Frazetta, and Frank Thorne.
Final Score: 7/10

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