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REVIEW: 'Two Moons' #1 by John Arcudi, Valerio Giangiordano, and Dave Stewart

 RUMBLE and B.P.R.D. writer JOHN ARCUDI is back at Image with rising star VALERIO GIANGIORDANO for an all-new ONGOING HORROR SERIES!  This issue starts the long journey of a young Pawnee man named Virgil Morris - a.k.a. Two Moons.- fighting for the Union during the Civil War. When he is suddenly confronted with his shamanic roots, he discovers horrors far worse than combat as the ghosts of his past reveal the monstrous evil around him! TWO MOONS #1 Writer: John Arcudi Artist: Valerio Giangiordano, Dave Stewart Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 24, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Score:  ★★★★☆ (4/5) Adding to the independent comic landscape this week with a stellar debut is 'Two Moons' #1 from John Arcudi, Valerio Giangiordano, and Dave Stewart. Indies serve some of the most ambitious, unique, and complicated stories in all of comics. Superhero stories just aren't enough and what Image Comics offers here is something you won't see anywhere else.  Beginning with a yo

REVIEW: 'Vengeance of Vampirella' #5 by Tom Sniegoski, Michael Sta. Maria, and Justin Mason

A fight 25 years in the making: Vampirella vs. Hemorrhage! And even if the recently revived Darling of Drakulon wins, Mistress Nyx, with her cruel intentions, waits in the wings to undo the very resistance beginning to form around our hero! It's all presented by acclaimed writer Tom Sniegoski and art sensation Michael Sta. Maria and an amazing series of covers!

Writer: Tom Sniegoski
Artist: Michael Sta. Maria, Justin Mason
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: February 5, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

It has all lead to this. The first story arc to 'Vengeance of Vampirella' culminates in one action-packed finale. This conclusion was expected since Vampi was resurrected from the dead to save humanity after Nyx and the Chaos Lords turned the world to one giant repressive dark and gloomy dystopia. Vampi is pissed off and out for blood, Hemorrhage's blood to be exact. 

Saving humanity is no easy task but with Vampi at full-strength, she's more than ready to take on the lovesick Hemorrhage and whatever Nyx throws at her. Here, we also get some background on Hemorrhage's sad and violent backstory. It nicely provides some context for his attraction to Vampi. The stakes are huge as the two face-off amid a resurgence of sunlight and the hope it brings. It helps to propel the story and its ultimate confrontation with Nyx that's sure to happen in the future. After a slow start without Vampi even in the first issues, the story picked up steam once she returned from the dead. 

The art as always is fantastic. Michael Sta. Maria and Omi Remalante, Jr., have been consistently creative and precise. There is a flashback scene that is a little jarring because it's penciled by Justin Mason. It's still an intense sequence but Mason's style is more anime-style so the contrast is pretty stark. Nonetheless, overall the bloody action is bold and epic in scale. The opening of clouds and rays of sunshine look like they should be accompanied by an orchestra. The artists have conducted a masterful job of driving the action with clever designs and quick pacing. 

'Vengeance of Vampirella' began slowly with little Vampirella to be found only to end the first arc with one-pissed off Vampi fighting the evil forces that turned the world into one giant hellscape. This is the Vampi we've been waiting for. The trajectory for the series is on the upswing as it rewards loyal fans for sticking around as the battle against Nyx is just beginning.