A Vampire in the Making in ‘Vampironica #1’ (Review)

Vampironica #1

The Riverdale hype has been consistent since the show premiered on The CW in 2017. Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty Cooper, and Veronica Lodge have made appearances in many comics since the show began. However, there is a new one on the horizon… Veronica becomes a vampire in Vampironica #1: First Blood. 

Vampironica #1 is published under ARCHIE COMICS PUBLICATIONS. The comic has many masterminds behind it such as Greg and Meg Smallwood, Jack Morelli on lettering, and a few cover artists such as Audrey Mok, Greg Smallwood, Francesco Francavilla, Djibril Morissette-Phan, and Marguerite Sauvage.

The Previous Sci-Fi Runs by ARCHIE COMICS

A few of the other runs by ARCHIE COMICS PUBLICATIONS are Afterlife With Archie, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Jughead: The Hunger

Amongst these runs, ARCHIE COMICS has experimented with science fiction and the word of werewolves, vampires, and the like. Nonetheless, this issue is intriguing in different ways the previous runs have experimented with.

Vampironica #1 Is… Devilishly Good!

This issue is short or feels short, rather. I was on the edge of my seat by the last page. Veronica Lodge is a vampire, well at the beginning it is evident that she is. We backtrack throughout this issue, but the comic kind of falls off right where the series on The CW falls.

Veronica seems to have a crush on Archie Andrews, but Archie is hanging out with Betty instead watching “romantic comedies.” It seems in this issue that Archiekins is playing both sides (as he always does anyway). What I particularly liked about this issue and the story is that Veronica is her own person.

Veronica Lodge = A Fantastic Leading Female Character

She is powerful, strong, and capable; which is something I think The CW version of the show depicts very well. Veronica then decides to force Reggie to take her on a date, and he abides (who wouldn’t? It’s Veronica freaking Lodge!) However, while she is getting ready she finds her parents have been murdered by a vampire. This vampire turns Veronica into a vampire in the same notion and thus begins her journey as Vampironica.

I am incredibly intrigued to see where this story goes next. Veronica is a powerful and strong female character throughout both mediums we see her in. I cannot wait to see what Greg and Meg do with her personality and now that she’s a vampire she will be fierce; her fashion in this issue is already fierce from what I can tell.

A Perfect Start To More Vampire Lodge!

The art is fantastic, I like the coloring and overall aesthetic it is giving the reader. The choosing of the colors is a bold choice but really brings that emotion to the comic. When she is bitten by the vampire and crashes her car into Reggie’s — there is a panel where she turns into a vampire for a quick second — and, it’s a dark purple mixed with black and dark blue that I really enjoyed.

Vampironica #1, ARCHIE PUBLICATIONS (2018).

The color codes used for this comic are fantastic, there’s panel where it is purple tinted because Veronica is wearing a purple shirt. Again, this could be surface level — but, it could be that she’s feeling purple about Betty and Archie. Purple is a glum-hum feeling like you are feeling poor and sort of jealous. The purple color code could also indicate that just as much.

What Can We Say? It’s a Good First Issue!

Overall, I cannot wait for the next installment of Vampironica. Reading Vampironica #1 is an entertaining and thrilling ride that will leave you wanting more from this devilish vampire named, Veronica Lodge.

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