Title: Vampirella Valentine’s Day Special
Words: Leah Williams
Art: Maria Sanapo
Colors: Ceci de la Cruz
Published: February 13, 2019
Not all women want roses and chocolates on February 14th: Vampirella only wants some good old fashioned monster hunting. Lucky for her, New Orleans is teeming with Monsters. She’s about the have the monster hunt of her life with a smooth talking local who just might sweep her off her feet.
Leah Williams taps into the moody atmosphere and murky history of New Orleans in Vampirella Valentine’s Day Special. Packed with monsters of all varieties, the issue is any undead girl’s fantasy, particuarly Vampirella’s. Williams focuses on the last day of Mardi Gras instead of V-day, avoiding classic cliches, giving readers all the kick-ass fighting they love without all the cheesy romance. That’s not to say that the lovely Val isn’t a charmer, but Williams swaps the paper hearts for mild carnage in this romance. Is there really a better way to spend the holiday?
Maria Sanapo’s artwork is smooth and detailed, giving readers panels packed with monsters and action. Sanapo’s art takes a modern approach to Vampirella’s character, giving her a kind of noir detective look with a twist, in a red trench coat and black knee boots.
The Bottom Line
Vampirella Valentine’s Day Special is an utterly gratifying read for Valentine lovers and skeptics alike. Skip the romcoms this Valentine’s Day and pick up a copy of Vampirella Valentine’s Day Special. Trust me.