I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Dynamite Entertainment on August 20, 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror
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For years, the raven-haired heroine Vampirella has hunted the world's supernatural threats, all the while fighting back her own bloodthirsty nature. After a night out in Boston leads to particularly brutal violence, she seeks comfort in her Brownstone home... but discovers the most unexpected surprise of all. Angels have been sent to her by God - and they come asking for help! Enter Janus, a former soldier in the legion of Heaven, who skirts the line between the damned and divine. Only a fallen angel can navigate Vampirella through the seedy, demon-run underworld, where she hopes to find the source of an addictive, body-altering drug derived from archangel blood. Will Vampirella's mission redeem her... or will she uncover secrets so shocking that their discovery will damn her forever?
I’ve missed reviewing graphic novels, especially ones intended for adult readers as opposed to those meant for children. And Vampirella Strikes? It’s definitely one of the former! This one was a collection of #1-#6 in the series, meaning that you don’t have to wait between issues to find out what happens next.
Vampirella is a vampire who still has that kernel of human goodness, and so when the demons are starting to show up all over she’s making an effort to help out the humans. She’s home after taking out a bar full of demons and all she wants is a nice bubble bath when she’s stopped by a group of Angels, a group called the Domination. They have a task for her, and while she doesn’t seem too interested in it, she’s not left with much of a choice.
Janus is a fallen angel who… well, he doesn’t care which side he’s working for in this war as long as they pay him well and don’t double cross him. The Domination have plans for him, though, and they send Vampirella to him in order to ensure that he helps her out in her mission to find an angel general who went missing.
This is a fast-paced ride with a lot of twists and turns and double crossing going on. It was definitely a fun novel to read, but more fun in the way that candy is fun. There wasn’t really any value to this novel, nor was there anything that stood out as being amazing. The art work is exactly what one might expect–full of lots of gore and the more realistic looking characters than the image you see on the front cover. And, to be honest, I was hoping for more of the comic style that the cover shows than the realistic style.
Still, if you’re a fan of Vampirella or someone who just enjoys a quick treat in the form of graphic novels then you’ll probably enjoy this one.