Vampirella: Feary Tales is a collaboration between artists and writers to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the comic world’s sexiest vampire. Originally a five comic series, it features some big names including Steve Niles and John Shirley.
I felt like I was missing a few references as a newcomer to the Vampirella universe and legend. It didn’t detract from the story though. Having won a castle by defeating Lord Drago, King of the Nosferatu, Vampirella discovers a book titled Feary Tales and is instantly transported inside it. She’s forced to play a part and live out each tale to move on to the next. It’s a nice twist on traditional fairy tales, for example needing the blood of a prince rather than a kiss. Some of the classics we get to experience include spins on Cinderella, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears, and Hansel and Gretel.
The art throughout is really good, which is as you would expect with so many big name artists and writers. Some of the tales worked better than others, but for the most part were entertaining. As you can imagine, being in the world of twisted fairy tales gave the creators a lot of room to go wild. Personally I would have liked things a bit darker.
At the end of the graphic novel there is a transcript of Issue #1 and a really good cover gallery. The individual cover art for each issue is top class. If you’re a Vampirella fan check it out. If not, then this book probably isn’t the one that’s going to draw you in.
Book Cover Blurb:
Nancy A. Collins (Swamp Thing, Sunglasses After Dark) has called upon some of today’s finest creative talents – including Gail Simone, Steve Niles, Joe R. Lansdale, Devin Grayson, Stephen R. Bissette, and many more – to celebrate Vampirella’s 45th Anniversary by crafting an anthology of twisted tales, bizarre bedtime stories, and fearsome fables in the tradition of the original Warren magazines, each featuring everyone’s favorite sexy, kick-ass vampire-turned-monster hunter. And, boy, have they delivered! While exploring the Transylvanian castle she’s recently inherited, Vampirella discovers a strange old book of “Feary Tales” that seems oddly familiar. Upon opening it, she is sucked inside its pages and lands in a weird alternate reality, where she is compelled by a disembodied voice calling itself ‘The Storyteller’ to live out each of the ‘feary tales’ if she ever hopes to return to reality. Collects the five-issue Vampirella: Feary Tales comic book series, with a complete cover gallery.