Comic Review 148 // Aliens/Vampirella

I got lucky last week and managed to get my hands on a digital version of Aliens/Vampirella. Got to be straight up and say I know zero about Vampirella, I know she is a vampire and wears red but that is it. So I felt completely blind going into this and was just left hoping I would enjoy it. But before we dive into the review here is the commercial fluff:

Title: Aliens/Vampirella
Author: Corinna Sara Bechko
Artist: Javier Garcia-Miranda
Fluff: Two iconic horror franchises collide, as Vampirella - the fan-favourite supernatural heroine - faces the most nightmarish creatures ever to appear in cinema: the Xenomorphs from Alien! As the first human colony on Mars digs deeper into the crimson soil, they discover the catacombs of a hibernating civilization, tens of thousands of years old. The evidence suggests that they are Nosferatu, an ancient and sinister species that Vampirella is all too familiar with. Called to the Red Planet to investigate, the monster hunter and her human allies find a chamber with hundreds of ellipsoidal, leathery eggs... and after they hatch, the true horror begins. In space, no one can hear Vampirella scream!
Page Count: 144

As I said earlier I went into this completely blind, but I found myself enjoying it. The basic plot is Vampirella (a female Vampire), is sent to Mars to aid a human research/colony team who has discovered some ancient Vampires and possibly a long-forgotten vampire base. The only problem is this base was overrun by the Xenomorphs!

Overall the story is pretty straightforward and lacks depth, but this is fine as it is full of action. Due to my lack of experience with Vampirella, I am not sure how well she came across? I can tell you she kicks ass and makes for an impressive monster hunter. I am now intrigued enough to go check out some of her line of comics. The xenomorphs come across as their classic horror villain selves. I found the Queen to be a bit lacklustre, but overall they did a great job. The artwork is clean and well-detailed, it helps portray the story well, but could have been a touch darker to add to the mood. It felt a bit too clean.

It wasn't all great. It had some missed opportunities. Firstly the other characters, were dull, pure filler. I get it, they needed some people to die, but so bland, give them some depth! The ending was weak, I am sorry to say this, but a Vampire/Queen with wings fighting a Vampire Bat just wasn't as exciting as it should have been.

Overall, I enjoy this. You need to check it out!

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