Comic Book Reviews – Vampirella #14 and Daredevil #9!


Vampirella #14

I’ve heard so many things about this series, good and bad, but it was really just mere curiosity that made me decide to give this book a read. I quickly learned just how true that expression “curiosity killed the cat” really is. What were they thinking?! Let’s get the obvious issue out of the way first: the costume. I’m going to preface this by explaining that I cosplay as superheroes, so I am actually pretty open to the way women are portrayed in costumes. My signature character is Black Canary, and she is by no means a modest dresser.

So I have to ask, what is up with this Vampirella? That costume is so bare, she might as well be naked. The kicker is that she was dressed conservatively compared to her enemy, who was a woman. I won’t say who it was, because if you actually are a fan of the book it’s a bit of a spoiler. But I will say is this: The minute I saw a woman wearing a metal thong I lost any remaining hope I had to take this book seriously. I would talk about the story, but I was too distracted by the terrible exploitation of metaphors and cheesy dialogue to really pay attention to what was going on in the book. I can tell you there was a cliffhanger, but I really couldn’t have cared less about what would happen next. I can’t give this book more than 1 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Daredevil #9

Where do I begin with this review? There were so many wonderful things in this book. Not only did I enjoy reading the book just because it was fabulous, but I was also even more pleased by the fact that I had something to cleanse my pallet after the hot mess that was Vampirella. I love how this issue is set up. Daredevil acknowledges that there’s a lot of things going on in his life that could be worrisome, but at this exact moment in time the only thing he’s concerned with is finding his father in the underworld. I’ve been excited for this issue since the first time I was exposed to its beautiful cover, and it surpassed all of my expectations.

One of my favorite details in this book is that the underground creatures that Daredevil encounters have a shared trait with him that makes them disturbingly equal to each other. Another great part about this book is that it shows a weakness in Daredevil’s radar sense. I know we all know by now that his radar sense isn’t perfect, but the way it is revealed is absolutely beautiful. That moment comprised my favorite panels of the entire book. But the best thing overall for me was definitely the fact that this issue ended on a cliffhanger, because that means that I get to see this fantastic underground world in at least one more issue. Go pick this book up. I promise you won’t be sorry! It should be no surprise that I give this book 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls!

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