Title: Vampirella vs. Reanimator #2
Art: Blacky Shepherd
Colors: Blacky Shepherd
Published: February 6, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Herbert West–the Reanimator–has awakened the Goddess of Death, and Vampirella is none-too-pleased about it. As West tries to unlock the ultimate secrets of life and death, Vampirella hopes to shut him down once and for all. But the Goddess of Death and Vampirella have history, and the grudge match that erupts may be more than Vampi can handle… on her own.
What do you do when you reanimate the Goddess of Death? Herbert West finds himself in an interesting position, as Mictecacihuatl seeks to make him God of Death. Don’t fret, Vampirella’s on the scene, and she’s ready to kick some ancient ass.
Cullen Bunn writes an intensely terrifying, yet all together satisfying story in Vampirella vs. Reanimator #2. Now that Mictecacihuatl, Goddess of Death, is alive and well again, the issue picks up the pace as readers are waiting to see her first move. While I’m not surprised to find death and destruction are on the agenda, I will say those spiders caught me off guard. Of all the horrors this series is destined to bring, I will never get over the giant spiders. Never.
As for the story, Bunn’s writing is sharp and biting. Keeping with the Vampirella tradition, there’s plenty of aliens and action to keep readers entertained. Bunn puts his own spin on both with the Reanimator storyline. The Herbert West character is the perfect combination of mild-mannered-scientist and guy-with-the-colossally-bad-idea, not a sympathetic or lovable character, but entertaining. Vampirella is her usual kick-ass self. Though Vampirella vs. Reanimator #2 is mostly story development, we get a taste of the impending battle between Vampirella and Mictecacihuatl. Bunn promises readers quite the showdown between the pair, but first, Vampirella has an unlikely ally to raise.
Blacky Shepherd’s art and colors really bring Vampirella vs. Reanimator #2 together. The choice to use black-and-white instead of full color draws attention to the points where color breaks through. The panels featuring a bloody Herbert West only emphasize his guilt in the whole debacle, as the blood on his hands and person stands out in a bright crimson color. Vampirella vs. Reanimator #2 an old monster movie feel, which I really enjoy for the nostalgia vibe.
The Bottom Line
Vampirella vs. Reanimator #2 is a biting issue! Cullen Bunn develops an intense and entertaining series, building quite a bit of suspense into this second issue. Blacky Shepard’s art and colors brings the story together, drawing on the old monster movie vibe.