Written by Nancy A. Collins
Pencils by Patrick Berkenkotter
Inked by Dennis Crisostomo
Colors by Jorge Sutil
Letters by Rob Steer
Main Cover by Terry Dodson
Variant Cover by Jenny Frison
Published by Dynamite Comics
Release Date: 8/6/2014
What’s that you say? You want MORE sex and violence? How about floating disembodied entrails, beefy male sex workers, black magicians, and H. R. Giger references? Well, have I got the story for you folks! Nancy Collins (words) and Patrick Berkenkotter (pictures) bring us issue three of Dynamite Comics’ re-launch of Vampirella.
This stand-alone issue takes place in the small village of Pom Klua in Thailand, and we arrive on a woman in the midst of labor. Against the wishes of her husband, she has decided to deliver their child in the village and not in the city’s hospital. All in all, the birth is a success and the father retires to partake in the village tradition of buying all the older fathers a drink. After imbibing libations at the local public house, the father is aroused by the sound of his wife screaming. He returns to the hut to find a floating head, accompanied by entrails, departing from his wife’s nether-regions.
This, of course, is the appropriate time for Vampirella to enter the picture. She and Drago have been assigned the task of taking down one of the last remaining “Krasue”. “What’s a Krasue?” you ask. A Krasue, is a breed of vampire that is native to SE Asia, that during the day appear to be human women but at night manifest into a flying head and a mass of entrails that feast on newborn babies. Sound familiar? When our cadre of demon hunters arrives to Thailand, they are greeted by the local Black Mage “Narong”. He will take them to the Krasue in exchange for its bile, which is very useful in potions, obviously.
Immediately, Vampirella and crew are set upon by the Krasue and the fight ensues. We lose Narong to the attack of the Krasue, which narrowly escapes the clutches of Vampi. We follow Vampirella as she tracks the Krasue to a resort just outside the village. Vampirella decides to do some recon on this resort and takes up a room for the night. Cut to gratuitous sex scene with cabana boy. Which must have been good for Vampirella, because she sleeps through the day and is awoken at night by, you guessed it, a floating head with entrails. Fight number two ensues and finally the Krasue is defeated when Vampirella rips its heart out and drinks its blood. Oh vampires, will you never change. The book ends with Vampirella torching the resort because she found out it was basically a brothel, which I guess means she doesn’t support the local sex worker’s union.
This is your basic Vampirella story: violence, sex, and then more violence. Throw in some references to the occult and put a bow on it. It’s serviceable for what it is meant to be, and if you like that kind of stuff then you’ll really enjoy this book. Happy reading!