Ever wonder what would have happened if things were slightly different in the old tale of Dracula? Well, this series explores the concept of it all being a repetitive loop, one where things play out slightly different each time, with the characters sometimes being unaware of what is coming to pass. Add to this timeless tale a new entity, in the form of Vampirella, and you get some very different results. Vampirella Vs. Dracula #2 involves the meeting of the two vampires as well as some distinct changes to the plot.
Vampirella spends the majority of the comic helping Jack Halloran (or is he Jonathan Harker?) search for his wife Mia (Mina/Elisabetha?) and trying to stop Dracula from completing the story once again. Like ghosts stuck in a constant replaying of their lives, the heroes seek the infamous vampire as they always have. Even Dracul, as he is known to many, is confused as to his part in this ever changing cycle. Someone must know how to stop this horrible play, but will it happen in time to save our beloved protagonist Vampirella before she succumbs to the powers that force these lost souls to relive the story again and again?
The story skips around quite a bit, but it really lends itself to the concept of ever changing timelines, so I give Joe Harris some credit where it is due. While I didn’t piece everything together immediately, I believe all will be made clear by the time this series is finished. Ivan Rodriguez and Adriano Lucas have some beautiful panels pretty regularly though sometimes the art falls a bit flat. Overall, though, it’s fairly well done.
The fact that Dynamite Entertainment has enlisted my favorite artist, Joseph Michael Linsner, to create the covers for this series means I will be buying them all (and any variants that might pop up). I know we should never judge a book by its cover, but in this case it’s a safe gamble. If you like a good twisty read, this series is for you. It’s less about vampires and more about the journey and adventure. Well written and decently illustrated, you can hardly go wrong.