Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica #1
Vinicius Andrade (Colours), Amy Chu (Writer), Maria Sanapo (Artist), Taylor Esposito (Letters)
5 May, 2019
Red Sonja and Vampirella are in Riverdale hunting down the Cult of Chaos, old enemies who have turned their evil intentions on Riverdale High. The new biology teacher is the first victim, but Red Sonja and Vampirella aren’t the only ones investigating his death. Students Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge are also on the case. Only by teaming up will they be able to stop the Cult of Chaos. But how many bodies will the Cult rack up first?
Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica #1 is so much fun! I didn’t know what to expect from this book, especially because I’m not all that familiar with Red Sonja or Vampirella, but I jumped at the chance to review it. Who isn’t down for an all-female team-up?
Not to mention how much I love fish-out-of-water characters. Red Sonja and Vampirella belong to different dimensions and eras, and though Vampirella seems to have an understanding of modern society, Red Sonja has absolutely no clue. Their taking on the personas of high school students is a recipe for hilarity. I am so here for it!
Writer Amy Chu dedicates a significant amount of time to the team’s extracurricular activities, which she ties into the main plot. While Betty, Veronica, and Vampirella take to the cheer squad, Red refuses to let the boys be the only ones to play sports. She jumps in and absolutely kills it on the football field. I was pumping the air with my fist, no lie. I also like that there isn’t much protesting aside from a whimper from Moose about girls not playing football. The ’50s called, Moose, they want their jock back.
We don’t actually get to see much of Vampirella in Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica #1, and I assume that will be rectified in upcoming issues. The focus was very much on Red Sonja here, which is great, because we get to understand her personality and her motivations. She’s quite the character, and I can’t wait to see what else this series has in store for her.
As for Betty and Veronica, they really are the audience stand-ins, and they will likely be the cultural attachés for Red Sonja and Vampirella while they’re at Riverdale High. Betty and Veronica are introduced here as journalists, and—presumably—there will be more for them to do in upcoming issues than just showing Red and Vampirella around the school. At least, I hope so. They really didn’t have much to do here.
Maria Sanapo’s art is so lush and beautiful—I love it. Her characters have such expressive faces, they’re almost real. It’s fun how Sanapo has put so much depth into the four protagonists’ features, but the male characters of Riverdale High, like Archie and Moose, look so meh. We instantly know who we need to focus on in Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica.
The colours in Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica #1 are stunning. Vinicius Andrade has chosen a decadent palette to display just how otherworldly Red Sonja and Vampirella seem to the students, but also manages to give the entire world a rich hue that looks realistic.
Every page of this book is glorious and fun. I went into Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica #1 with tempered expectations, but I have come away completely delighted and desperate for more. Female characters finding common ground so that they can succeed in their mission will always get me excited, and this series is already laying the foundation for a strong plot.
With characters as interesting and eccentric as Red Sonja and Vampirella, and as cocky as Betty and Veronica, we are in for one hell of a ride!