Friday, May 24, 2019

Reader's Diary #2034- Greg Smallwood, Meg Smallwood (writers), Greg Smallwood, Greg Scott (artists): Vampironica Book One

Perhaps not as edgy as Afterlife with Archie or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vampironica is nonetheless a worthy addition to the ArchieHorror imprint.

In this first volume Veronica has been turned into a vampire but she's also trying to prevent the same fate befalling all of Riverdale. It uses a lot of classic Vampire mythology as well as tropes (there always needs to be a vampire expert, played excellently here by resident geek Dilton). Veronica, who can in other Archie comics be a bit extra, is well balanced. She's still a rich fashionista but she's likeable and sympathetic here.

The art by Greg Smallwood in the first three issues is gorgeous with pencil crayon highlights and colours that give a vintage (circa 70s/80s teen horror movie) vibe. Greg Scott takes over for the last 2 issues, which I always find frustrating when an arc isn't finished by the same artist, but still lovely art, albeit a bit more gritty.

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