Mind Capsules – Vampirella #9 and Hulk #11

Vampirella #9
Vampirella #9

Writer – Nancy A. Collins
Artist – Patrick Berkenkotter
Colours – Jorge Sutil

The creative team of Nancy A. Collins and Patrick Berkenkotter deliver another solid issue of the latest Vampirella series that finds out heroine trying to track down the second member of The Accursed, the witch Medea.  There are a few good things about this series that Collins has been doing exceptionally well, one of which is never letting things drag on too long like other writers tend to do.  The first issue of this storyline was all set-up and the second took down Dr. Faustus, and here with the third chapter, it deals with Medea.  If all keeps on track, the story should be over and done with next issue, though there is of course the possibility that it will continue for one or two more.  Another bonus to these stories is how Collins weaves in various mythologies and literary figures into her stories.  Here, Medea is the villainess, the daughter of King Aeëtes from Greek mythology, granddaughter of the sun god Helios and wife of Jason.  The book gives her backstory from which Collins then adds to so that it might fit her tale and it works, like it does in every issue when she weaves in references to other works.  Most importantly, the book is never boring and it actually features horror in various ways from the obvious to the subtle and makes it one of the best such titles on the stands right now.  Adding to Collin’s masterful storytelling is Patrick Berkenkotter’s lush pencils, still going strong after nine issues and the book is more beautiful than ever.  The man can draw anything from gorgeous women to diseased people to werewolves and strangely designed creatures – the man’s talent knows no bounds.  This has been and continues to be the best incarnation of Vampirella in quite some time and is a title that should be on every horror fan’s pull list for all of the above named reasons and more.

4.5 out of 5

Hulk #11
Hulk #11

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Mark Bagley
Inker – Drew Hennessy
Colours – Jason Keith

Doc Green is a little mad that Red Hulk is still out and walking about and he does aim to do something about that but first he is going to deal with Lyra and send her back to her home planet.  There remains a problem though as his trusty A.I. has become less so and not only goes against his wishes, but reveals a fact that he finds a little startling.  More and more every issue, Doc Green is starting to look like the Maestro and as we head into Secret Wars, it should be interesting to say the least if his personality should start heading more in that direction as well.  At the moment, our hero is having a problem with his intellect as the Extremis is wearing off and he is essentially getting dumber.  The battle with Lyra is short but sweet as Hulk does not necessarily defeat her as just send her away into a hell-dimension of some sort, though he is unaware of this little fact.  Gerry Duggan and Mark Bagley have been crafting some fun tales involving our gamma-irradiated monster, emphasis on the monster as of late.  How the rest of the heroes of the Marvel Universe have failed to notice what is going on with the Hulk is strange, but with Marvel being lax on exactly when things take place in conjunction with other titles, perhaps this has yet to be an issue.  One little negative to the book at the moment is the length of this particular storyline – as it just seems to keep going with no end in sight, at least not yet.  Hopefully that gets remedied soon so that Doc Green can move onto something else.  Still, it is a good book that never fails to entertain.

3 out of 5

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