All the players are out in the open now, and the field’s starting to get bloody. Sacrifices are being made and heads are rolling… and now, of course, VAMPIRELLA’s finally got to face it: PURGATORI’s not on her side. She’s not on the enemy’s side, either. She’s on her own side, and the stakes are even bigger than before. Bigger than the whole world? Yeah. That’s right. And now this whole damn fight’s going to have to get UGLY.
The Vampirella Purgatori crossover has been fun and very intriguing story-wise, but I felt like I couldn’t properly address this issue or the crossover of these characters in general without going back to the 2000 crossover and seeing how it fairs compared to a previous iteration.
Welp! It goes without saying (or in this case saying) that the Ray Fawkes crossover outpaces the 2000 crossover.
Firstly, Ray has written other titles featuring magic and gods before. So, he knows how to approach the subject matter and create an engaging tale about beings that can rip souls and invade minds on a whim. Vampirella vs Purgatori #4 is the culmination of the last 3 issues that have laid out the motivations and shed more light on what’s really going on. A fantastic read, because everything up to this point left lingering questions. Story hooks that keep bringing you back for the answer. Issue 4 gives us answers, but not all of them yet. A great moment in this issue is the most compassionate side of vampirella I’ve ever read and it’s only a few pages. The art by Alvaro Sarraseca is so lively. Alvaro’s facial expressions carry the emotion of the scenes and the subtle touches are nice. Purgatori’s often lack of emotion tells you about her and what she really cares about. The aforementioned emotional scene with Vampirella is much better thanks to Alvaro.
A definite buy in my book for a fan of either Vampirella or Purgatori. The story is really engaging and definitely keeps you hooked, while the art really catches your eye with lots of cool subtleties. If you’d like to buy this title you can do so here or check out your LCS on release.