Vampironica #3 Review

by Nathan Koffler on September 05, 2018

Writers: Greg Smallwood & Meg Smallwood
Artist: Greg Smallwood
Letterer: Jack Morelli
Publisher: Archie Comics

My feelings about this series have changed with each of the three issues. Before it was released, I was very excited because of how much I loved every Archie Horror series before it. Then the first issue felt very weak in my opinion and I was very disappointed. However, the second issue definitely gave me hope that this series could be just as amazing as the other Archie Horror series as it was building up to something exciting. 

Well, here we are at the third issue and I am fully on board with this story and this artwork. I had expectations that this series would be a great solid vampire comic book with the atmosphere that Riverdale is able to harness. I personally didn’t think it started as strong as it could have but this third issue is the perfect example of an amazing, legitimate vampire comic book. 

One of my favorite things about Afterlife with Archie and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was how it drew a lot of influences from so many different classic horror stories. It helped me transition from seeing these characters that I have loved for so long as wholesome to seeing them as monsters, killers, cheaters, and heroes. Then Jughead: The Hunger took it a step further and created a comic book series that feels like a classic werewolf story itself. 

I think that this way of storytelling works for these characters because even when you bring them into the current year, they are still very classic characters themselves. Vampironica #3 seems to have tilted toward taking influence from standard vampire stories but it is still somehow really fresh and unique. This issue has several vampire story tropes that I love and Meg and Greg Smallwood added them just subtly that it is an exciting issue with a hint of a classic feel.
In regards to the visuals of this third issue, Greg Smallwood has successfully shown us the Vampironica that I have been wanting to see. Ever since we got that cover art Archie Comics released of Veronica as the vampire cheerleader, I wanted to see that version of her. This issue gives us the perfect vampire Veronica and it has me even more on board for this series now. Veronica in this issue looks badass and beautiful, especially when she fights. In addition to all of this, she also looks very real and it makes her very relatable.

It is a relief that I feel like we are finally getting the Vampironica that I wanted so badly before the series came out. It may have taken two issues of what was disappointing to me personally, but here we are, a great new addition to the Archie Horror comics line. This issue has both everything that I want from a vampire comic and an Archie comic: enjoyable characters, terrifying monsters, relatable situations, a dash of humor, and amazing tropey one-liners.


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