Title: Vampirella: 2018 Halloween Special
Writer: Scott Lobdell, Blake Northcott
Artist: Rapha Lobosco, Anthony Marques
Publication Date: October 24, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Where Vampirella comes from they don’t celebrate birthdays — so she had to choose her own. Is it any wonder she picked Halloween night? Unfortunately, her simple celebration is interrupted by — you guessed it — one of those pan-dimensional demonic invasions that often seem to take place on All Hallows Eve!”
When the worst of Halloween nightmares descends on Salem, M.A. to destroy all of humanity, Vampirella is ready to fight the forces of darkness and save the day once more. As all hell breaks loose, literally, Vampirella and gang meet classic horror characters in the clandestine battle of the century. Then, in part two of the issue, Vampirella fights a bit of an identity crisis, realizing her classic self is more than enough for modern audiences.
In Scott Lobdell’s part one “Happy Death Day: Vampirells” he resurrects Halloween classics to raise some hell on earth, including Dracula and the Wolfman. However, none are a match for Vampirella, who is poised to kick some demonic ass. Lobdell’s story has a vintage, Tales from the Crypt vibe to it, complete with a guest appearance from Lilith and an extra shot of creepy with those singing kids. The script is fast paced, keeping Vampirella and the readers on their toes. Then, in part two “Trick or Treat?” Scott Lobdell and Blake Northcott pit Vampirella against her new and, supposedly, improved self. The pair make an arguement against retcon, favoring classic Vampirella to any reinterpretation. Of course the scariest part of this issue was the killed clown in part two, but Vampirella easily slays that beast in her classic attire. Both stories are great Halloween fun, pulling on classic elements from both the holiday and Vampirella’s storyline.
Rapha Lobosco and Anthony Marques’ artwork is terrific in both stories. “Happy Death Day: Vampirells” is dark, with plenty of shadowy panels and spooky characters. “Trick or Treat?” has more of ‘50s pop art feel to it, with Vampirella in a dress and pearls to go with it. The art in both plays with the Halloween theme, keeping the images spooky, but not too terrifying.
The Bottom Line:
Scott Lobdell takes the term hell-raiser seriously in Vampirella: 2018 Halloween Special, crafting a superior Halloween special issue. The storyline is playful and the artwork is fun, Vampirella is one girl destined for a Halloween special issue!