Writer's Commentary – Paul Cornell Talks Vampirella #5

Straight from Dynamite, here's a new writer's commentary featuring Paul Cornell talking about Vampirella #5. He mentions that this was originally going to be the final issue of the run, until he was asked to extend it by two issues. This issue has a cover by Philip Tan and art by Jimmy Broxton.

Writer's Commentary – Paul Cornell Talks Vampirella #5

This is it! You've gotten to see the Great Beyond, meet the fellow who's running it, and savor the world as we don't know it that feeds into everything! Now it's time for Vampi to do something that will change… well, everything! The world will never be the same after this, and that just may not be a good thing.

Buy and read Vampirella #5, in stores now, and then come back here for some behind-the-scenes goodies.

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I think perhaps our biggest accomplishment in the re-vamping of Vampirella has been that haircut. No, really. It's important.

Writer's Commentary – Paul Cornell Talks Vampirella #5

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And I like the fact that the new direction was editorially led by the wonderful Matt Idelson, so will hopefully stay in place under the new creative team.

Writer's Commentary – Paul Cornell Talks Vampirella #5

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One thing I love about this Vampirella is that she's good at making tactics up moment by moment, but she has to be, because she still has that wry, don't care very much attitude of a fairly invulnerable vampire.

Writer's Commentary – Paul Cornell Talks Vampirella #5

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I hope people get where I was coming from with 'the annoying'. Conservatism, ultimately fascism, is about, in the end, complacency, of harking back and not seeing the need for change. To want to change things is annoying. And we of the annoying tend to find each other a bit annoying, too.

Writer's Commentary – Paul Cornell Talks Vampirella #5

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'Othering' is, of course, a major feature of western culture right now. There's an effort to shove them to the bottom. As above, so below.

Vampirella

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I really like the coloring in this series. I also like how Lucifer gets a gothic font for his inner monologue, like the Goths in Asterix.

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I think, on reflection, that I took inspiration here from the Prisoner episode 'Hammer into Anvil', which is one of those the purists tend to think of as filler, but which does the format full on and incredibly well.

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I like all the warping of the gates.

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And nothing written under the page, because what could I write?

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How to bring down a society in a handful of moves. It's a bit like the Doctor Who serial 'The Happiness Patrol' too.

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I think that's a bit iconic, all in all. And I don't think it's been done before with a vampire and a powerful figure asking for their hand to be kissed.

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We do get very messy in this comic. It's something that, given the subject matter, I thought I'd allow myself, just for once.

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Loving the scenery!

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It all makes sense, you see, as something planned over the whole arc.

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Wasn't necessarily after a mushroom cloud, but that's kind of iconic too.

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I like her leaning on one elbow.

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We'll get into this in a bit more detail in the next two issues.

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We're a bit more clearly back on earth here.

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I love the expressions on this page.

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It's a lot to convey in three panels.

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Nice setup to the page here.

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And that was going to be the end of my run, until I was asked to come back for two more issues!

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.

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