Can Vampirella turn her back on her own people? Having discovered the startling truth of her homeworld Drakulon, Vampirella is torn between her mother’s evil dreams of conquest and the vendetta against the Vampiri race by a macabre, enigmatic new threat. The fate of Lilith and the destiny of Drakulon are about to be revealed!
Vampirella #21 is the culmination of Vampirella’s conflict with her mother and return to her homeworld. Since the beginning of Priests run we’ve had Vampirella going back and forth recalling her homeworld. Priest takes the opportunity between the previous issue and this one to give the reader a small time skip. In that period our main crew has become hardened abomination fighting vampiri and Lilith hasn’t tried killing Vampirella. When not trying to kill her own daughter, Lilith isn’t so bad. Vampirella has been enduring her mother’s stressful and often petty jabs for so long that this new threat is a breath of fresh air.
As a reader, it only makes sense that you’re looking for a meaningful conclusion to this toxic familial relationship. In Vampirella #21 Priest brings just that. Oftentimes in life, we don’t get the endings we want with our loved ones or to say the things we wish we could’ve. That is what makes this ending(?) between vampirella and her mother so hard-hitting. In it’s own bloody way, it’s relatable. Yes, there is a lot going on. we’ve learned the origins of Drakulon, parallel earth, and had a planet of the apes’ style “what the F”. But the thing that hits the hardest isn’t any of that? Its Vampirella screaming out for her mother as the issue closes.
For anyone keeping us with this Vampirella run by Priest this issue is a MUST READ! Between the expansion of Vampirella’s homeworld and the twists and turns you’re sent on this is a fun and entertaining read. You’d be missing out if you skipped this one.