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Vampirella #13

Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2002
By: Ray Tate

"The Wilding Sanction" Part 3

Writer: Ben Raab
Artist: Mike Mayhew; Andy Troy, Arisia Rozegar and Avalon Studios(c)
Publisher: Harris

The return of photo realist Mike Mayhew doesn't make the story any more sensible. I normally like Ben Raab's writing, but Vampirella leaves behind too many unanswered questions.

It turns out that a traitor was in the midst of our heroes' travels. The Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck shtick immediately comes to mind. "You got me dead to rights, Doc. Do you want to shoot me here, or wait 'til you get home?" There's no reason why this character should not have shot them now.

Let's say however there is a yet to be uncovered reason. Let's be really generous. Maybe they need Vampirella for a nifty sacrifice. Why then would you not isolate her from reinforcements? Why would you bring potential allies into the same arena? These allies could not act as sacrifices since your method for transport leaves a slew of them dead. There's a good chance you would have killed them all. Why then bring them to your stronghold in the first place when you could try to keep them out of the action and better facilitate the elimination of one of their best assets?

Why apart from Mike Mayhew wanting to draw some rather anemic dragons would you go through the pretense of disguising yourself as "poorly researched" as Vampirella observes Chinese dragons? None of this makes sense.

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