Writer Paul Cornell and artist Jimmy Broxton bring you the second (do you count Zero Issues?) installment of Vampirella's latest adventure. Here we have a writer's commentary by Cornell for the issue. Here's what's going down (from the solicit): Welcome to Los Angeles in the year three thousand and something! You thought La-La Land was weird in the present, wait until you see how things are done in the future! Vampirella finds herself on the wrong side of the law, but the law now is definitely a little strange … and a lot deadly! This issue's fight scene is totally demented! And as an added bonus, you'll get to see the gates of Heaven. Rejoice!
With a look at the issue, Paul Cornell:
I get to do real gore in this series. I've never opted for that before. It's another way in which I'm letting myself not be constrained with this strip, to open myself up to going in new directions.
Vicki gets a lot of good acting in this issue, courtesy of Jimmy.
"Splamm" is a good sound effect, I think. I'm pretty much blind to sound effects when reading comics, so I tend not to use them, but when I do, I rather go to town. And again, I'm ignoring my own rules.
Charlie Caroli was a clown on TV when I was growing up. He's almost vanished from popular memory in the UK, but was a great example of a genuinely funny, loveable clown. I tend to think that the current widespread phobia about that profession is to do with clowns who aren't willing to be the constant innocent victims of pranks, which was what had made them beloved.
And here Grit the cat laps on Vampirella's blood. This may become important later.
I gave Jimmy a basically un-drawable description of a black hole custard pie, and he actually got it sorted!
I love the stencil designs on the clown car. Jimmy loves his badges and symbols.
Again, you try drawing that page. The things artists go through at the request of writers.
And if I may once again draw the audience's attention to me having fun with sound effects…
The cat gets named. As I've said, I'm hoping for an action figure. There's a load of inertia to overcome in terms of Vampirella's previous appearance. How about Vampirella short hair variant with cat accessory?
I love those huge wings of hers. They're part of the evolved design of previous versions of the character which is wild and yet iconic at the same time.
I think maybe cutting to the clown falling was a mistake, since our heroes were in the air on the last page. We kind of forgot we saw him falling out of the car on page thirteen, right? Damn.
The under the page captions are now in such a gothic font!
It's really all a bit ick, isn't it? Surprising how a raw brain can still do that to us.
Lucifer is wearing carpet slippers. I didn't write that, but it's great.
Vampirella really has had a lot of dealings with Hell over her history.
Amazing design work on the mech angels there.