About Vampironica #2
Vampironica is created by Greg and Megan Smallwood. The lettering was done by Jack Morelli. The series premiered on March 14th of 2018. Issue 2 came out on May 30th of 2018.
The cover for Vampironica issue #1 was drawn by Greg Smallwood. There are also variant covers available by Francesco Francavilla and Robert Hack.
Vampironica is part of the Archie Horror initiative alongside other books such as Afterlife With Archie, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Jughead: The Hunger.
After being bitten by an ancient vampire, Veronica struggles to come to terms with what happened, and her new thirst for blood.
Vampironica #2 Review
After last issue’s amazing setup, I was eager to read more. So far, this series really has a knack for keeping reader’s interested in the plot. There is not a lot of downtime in Vampironica.
The Robert Hack variant cover of this issue looks awesome. It shows Veronica in a white dress in an endless sea of blood. It is some really good imagery for what is happening to Veronica in the story.
I love the scene where Veronica is watching Archie and Betty through the living room window. Archie and Betty are watching an old vampire movie while snuggling on the couch. Veronica, who wants to tell Archie what happened, spies on them through the window. Even in a world of vampire attacks, we still get the classic Betty and Veronica jealousy over who gets to date Archie.
Dilton makes an appearance in this issue! Our favorite lovable nerd finds Veronica hiding in the school’s boiler room. Luckily, Veronica still has enough control over her urges. Otherwise, Dilton would have been a goner. It looks like we may have a rare Veronica/Dilton team-up.
My favorite part of this issue was Veronica’s dream sequence. After passing out, Veronica has visions of herself in a store. Everything seems normal, until she notices the severed heads of her friend’s on the shelf for sale.
Now that we are further into the series, we can really see Greg and Megan Smallwood’s attention to detail. It is obvious that these creators have a love and understanding of the horror genre. There are many nods to horror movies in this issue, specifically classic and B movies.
We learn about different types of vampires in this issue. I am not super knowledgeable about vampires, so learning more about the folklore behind the creature was really interesting. For those as uninformed as me, there are two main types of vampires found in Romanian folklore. Strigoi are vampires that are alive and need to feed on humans to survive. Moroi vampires are the undead, feral forms of vampires.
The issue ends with us finding out what happened to Reggie! It looks likes he is going to be a formidable opponent in future issues.
Vampironica #2 is a great read and really keeps up the pace from issue 1! I can’t wait to keep reading this series. While I love Afterlife With Archie, I think Vampironica is competing to be my favorite Archie horror series.
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