She stalks the streets of New York: a redheaded angel of vengeance named Lorelei, who preys on those who would prey on the weak.
Not the normal description that pops into one’s head while thinking of a succubus, right?
However, I must admit that when I imagine a succubus, the mental image that I get is not that far off from the way Lorelei is depicted.
In any case, we’ve all heard the stories of sexy female demons preying upon men in their sleep. Naturally, we’ve all come to assume that these supernatural beasties are evil, and rightfully so given that knocking boots with the demonic sexual deviant results in the draining of life and soul from the victim regardless of his innocence or lack thereof–taking the role of femme fatale to entirely new heights.
However, that is not the case with Lorelei.
Originally a photographer who was transformed into a succubus by supernatural means, this particular red-haired vixen chooses to use her sexually-destructive powers for good and targets members of a cult determined to bring on the destruction of Earth by opening a portal into Hell–taking the role of femme fatale (not to mention the role of vigilante) to an entirely new level. Just think of her as the ‘Dexter’ of supernatural creatures.
Lorelei: Sects in the City is a graphic novel written by bestselling author Steven A. Roman (X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy, The Saga of Pandora Zwieback), with art by Eliseu Gouveia (The Phantom, Infiniteens), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), and Neil Vokes (Flesh and Blood, The Black Forest).
Lorelei: Sects and the City—which also features cover art by Esteban Maroto (Zatanna: Come Together), a one-page history of succubi by Ernie Colon (Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld), and pinups by Louis Small Jr. (Vampirella) and the late Tom Sutton (Ghost Rider)—is currently available for order from online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, comic shops, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and the StarWarp Concepts web site.
“At its heart, Lorelei is a tribute to 1970s and ’80s horror comics and movies,” Roman explained. “Her stories have supernatural elements, sure, and there’s some nudity and adult themes—Lori is a succubus, after all—but her adventures are character-driven, with a heavy dose of sarcasm and humor. And receiving encouragement over the years from people like original Vampirella publisher James Warren and comic artists like Esteban Maroto and Tom Sutton, as well as from Vampirella’s creator, Forrest J Ackerman, has meant a lot to me. I think horror fans will enjoy Lori’s inaugural graphic-novel adventure as much as those creators did.”