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Vampirella Revelations #1

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2005
By: Ray Tate


Writer: Mike Carey
Artists: Mike Lilly(p), Bob Almond(i), Jay Fotos(c)
Publisher: Harris

I'm very surprised that Vampirella Revelations did not suck. The series exists to explain Vampirella's definitive origin, but others already unearthed that information. Vampirella began as Forrest J. Ackerman's space-vampire. She was an alien bloodsucker from the planet Drakulon. Later, Drakulon was transplanted to hell, and Vampirella was revealed to be the daughter of Lilith--first wife to Adam in some mythologies, not the dead Teen Titan.

Vampirella originally hunted the creatures of the night because she was basically a friendly being and did not see humanity as cattle to be slaughtered. During the transplantation of Drakulon, Vampirella gained another rationale for killing her own kind. Lilith, who in Vampirella continuity, became the mother of all monsters, and she felt guilty over the creation of these evil beings. Thus, she sent out her one good daughter Vampirella to slay her kith and kin to atone for her mother's sins.

To Mike Carey's credit, he doesn't dispel any of these twists to the origin of Vampirella. Drakulon thanks to Mike Lilly, Almond and Fotos is a lush, vivid alien world still located in hell. Vampirella's mother is still Lilith. Her belief in her mother still bears weight, and her mission is still one of monster extermination. The twist comes in Lilith’s motive. Lilith has an ulterior motive of which Vampirella did not know, and Carey indeed enforces the pretense that Lilith for altruistic reasons sent Vampirella out into the world to stake the fanged and silver the furry. The twist does not change Vampirella a bit. Lilith may have lied, but her daughter still found the lie appealing.

Carey finds Vampirella's distinctive voice in Revelations quite easily and while conscious of an adult audience, he does not pander to the more extreme type of entertainment. You'll find no double-entendres or vulgar language in every other word of dialogue. Instead, Carey creates an atmospheric story suitable for a supernatural super-hero.

Mike Lilly, Bob Almond and Jay Fotos appreciate the sensuality of Vampirella as well as her role of huntress. Lilly makes Vampirella look certain in body language and powerful in musculature. She is statuesque in Lilly's, Almond's and Fotos' hands. Vampirella issues remarkable presence and in melees her prowess for battle. I'm also pleased to say that Vampirella has nipples.

There's nothing weirder than reading the adventures of an anatomically incorrect Barbie doll. If your book is geared for all ages, then don't put a giant window that would logically expose nipples on the costume of your character. Cover her up or at least reduce the diameter of the hole. Fact is you can exhibit a character's sex appeal within the restrictions of the all ages format. Batman: the Animated Series, Superman and Justice League did it all the time.

In Vampirella Revelations, we get a glimpse of bare nipples and frequent displays of the protrusions covered by her traditional scarlet swimsuit--apt for not just a distracting magician's assistant but also a shape-changer, both roles Vampirella fulfilled at one time. Lilly opts for the costume's realistic behavior. Thus, you would logically catch a peek on occasion, and since kids should not be reading this comic book, the natural hints of nudity do not come as a shock but as respect for the audience's maturity.

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