MONSTAR REVIEWS: Vampirella #7

Title: Vampirella #7
Publisher: Dynamite
Writer: Paul Cornell / Jeremy Whitley
Artist: Andy Belanger
Colorists: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Philip Tan
Price: $3.99
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
A convoluted story takes the bite out of Vampirella’s latest installment
The iconic Harris character confronts her many incarnations as she journeys into her own psyche. 
Vampirella #7 was written by Paul Cornell, Jeremy Whitley with art Andy Belanger and color by Lee Loughridge. 
I don’t know too much about Vampirella as a whole. I knew some of the basics like that she was a Vampire from Drakulon, fights evil and so on. I was also aware that there have been a few revamps and reboots in her history. Going by that notion I thought I could jump right into this new ongoing series from Dynamite and have some sense of what was going on. But I was wrong. Vampirella #7 is not new reader friendly.  
The story picks up from the directly from the previous issue. The “story so far” intro wasn’t much help and read more like a Facebook post that a bridge from the preceding book. The first couple of pages were kinda cool as Vampirella confronted her other iterations. But the explanation of what they are and what they meant got complicated fast. I get that she is engaging the various versions of herself but are they all in her mind, drained from other realities? I re-read some of the pages trying to figure things out but my investment in these characters waned. Vampirella #7 ends on a cliffhanger setting up the next arc, but I don’t care enough about the characters to want to check out the next issue.
Overall the art was good. There were a few panels I thought made the characters look funky but generally it was ok. The coloring I liked. There were a lot of muted colors that I think played well with the tone of the issue. I loved the cover by Philip Tan. It was actually what encouraged me to give the book a try. 
I really wanted to like this book. But just could not get invested in the story. I may give this Vampirella another try in the future, maybe pick up a Trade so maybe reading the entire story things would make more sense. Reading issue #7 on its own didn’t. If you are thinking about trying this series, jump back an issue or start from #1. 
You may dig Vampirella #7, but I didn’t. 

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