In Vampirella: The Red Room #3, Vampirella seems to have jumped from the frying pan directly into the fire – fires of hell that is. In the beginning of this issue we find our favorite bad girl trying to be good and her pal Shooter being attacked by blood drained vampires. Before they even have time to catch their breath, they are met by Rigger, who has been behind all the trouble, and his followers. He’s been keeping a wyrm captive, beefing up his minions by using her like she is an ancient steroid factory. After being separated, Shooter is being trussed up to become wyrm food while Vampirella makes a connection with the ancient beast. Even though she had the best intentions, she still ends up releasing the wyrm by the end of the issue.
Dan Brereton is the writer on the issue. He is an award winning author who has worked on many successful titles, Red Sonja, Dracula and Buffy the Vampire Slayer just to name a few. In this issue he writes dialogue that is believable and fitting to the story. With the setting being Arkansas, he is able bring the dialect across without it being campy. He is also able to give life to the ancient beast without her coming across as clichéd.
Artist Jean Diaz was tasked with the visuals in this issue. Diaz brings the sultry look of Vampirella to life with vivid colors and perfect lines. He is able to match the script and bring to life the various creatures in the issue. He also is able to show us the sadness the wyrm carries as she has been used for her powers while being kept captive in a small room.
This may not be a good place to start if you are unfamiliar with the world of Vampirella. The mini-series doesn’t give you much in the way of back story but for fans it’s one not to be missed.