Graphic Novel Review: Dark Shadows and Vampirella Tp by Patrick Berkenkotter
Title: Dark Shadows / Vampirella Tp
Rating: Teen +
Cover: Fabiano Neves
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Patrick Berkenkotter, Jose Malaga
Colorist: Thiago Ribeiro
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Page Count: 112 pages
Review Source: NetGalley
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For the first time ever, two of the most iconic vampires in pop culture – Vampirella and Barnabas Collins – meet in a blood-curdling thriller! Can these very different vampire heroes set aside their distrust to together bring down the notorious Big Apple Butcher, or will their bloodthirsty natures destroy them before the killer strikes again? And who – or what – is pulling the strings of the Butcher? The answer is an evil older than Barnabas and Vampi combined! Featuring appearances by Quentin Collins and Pantha, Dark Shadows / Vampirella collects all five issues by acclaimed writer Marc Andreyko and artists Patrick Berkenkotter and Jose Malaga.[/note]
Dark Shadows/Vampirella is the crossover story of two legendary vampires, Vampirella and Barnabas Collins (yes the vampire from that weird Dark Shadows movie with Johnny Depp) who are fangs deep in a gruesome murder mystery. It’s a fast-paced blood splattering thriller binding two unlikely heroes and one crazy goddess-vamp villain. Surprisingly enough, I loved this graphic novel much more than I expected.
A threat has awakened and women across New York are being slaughtered right under the cities nose. No one is safe, and it’s even more unfortunate if you happen to be a working woman walking alone at night. Our story beings with Collins and Vampirella on the case, both are seeking out leads on one missing girl in particular – a girl that hold ancient ties to Collins. When the two meet, as expected there’s an all out vampire brawl. Vampirella quickly gets a taste of the ancient and he is equally impressed with her reputation. And once fangs are retracted and blood settles, the two team up along with Quentin Collins and Pantha to uncover the mysterious deaths and stop the evil hell-bent on destroying the city.
Overall, I enjoyed the Dark Shadows and Vampirella crossover. It’s a fun, sexy quick-read with plenty of action and nonstop blood spatter to make you laugh out loud and maybe curse a little bit too. If you love violent tales and snappy one-liners, then I’m sure you find this compilation both satisfying and exceptionally entertaining.
4 Out Of 5 Controllers
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