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Mind Capsules – Vampirella #1 and Iron Fist #3

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Vampirella #1

Writer – Nancy A. Collins
Artist – Patrick Berkenkotter
Inker -Dennis Crisostomo
Colours – Jorge Sutil

It has been a while, but Dynamite with Nancy A. Collins and Patrick Berkenkotter have finally gives us the Vampirella we deserve and our vampire heroine is back!  Much like Gail Simone’s Red Sonja, Vampirella has been boiled down to what makes her a great character, costume included.  Perhaps it was that back-to-basics approach or maybe the book just needed a little ‘girl power,’ but this first issue was a fun read that came across as the Warren Vampirella of old injected with some modern sensibilities.  Starting off, Vampirella is set to go up against her old foe Ethan Shroud and the Cult of Chaos.  It seems Shroud has been resurrected again, this time through possession and is looking to not only call his gods down, but put the hurt on Vampirella and stop her once and for all.  Collins does a great job with the  story that has drama, suspense and horror in equal measure while Berkenkotter’s artwork is effective and wonderful to look at and is better than the average artist that Dynamite usually employs.  And the costume?  Still a classic, still a little silly and not very practical but it would not be Vampirella without it.

4.5 out of 5

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Iron Fist #3

Writer – Kaare Kyle Andrews
Artist – Kaare Kyle Andrews

Issue three of the new ongoing title for Iron Fist finds him coming to grips with the death and destruction that has taken place in the Hidden City of K’un-Lun.  Interspersed throughout the book are periods of time from when he was just a boy, learning to live, and fight, from the Thunderer.  It is through those sequences that we learn from writer/artist Kaare Kyle Andrews that Danny has always had a stubborn streak and a fighting will within him, something that more than likely helped him gain his station in life as the Iron Fist.  The book is exquisitely drawn and expertly written and Andrews injects as much character and emotion into our hero as he possibly can.  With a ton of action and a villain from the past, Andrews makes Iron Fist a definite title to read.  Not only that, but the issue is full of raw emotion as Danny tries to process what has happened and he vows vengeance against those that have caused such chaos.  Currently, Iron Fist has the makings to be a powerful saga if it keeps up the way it has been going and that looks to be a certainty.

5 out of 5

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