Illustrated by: Brett Weldele and Dave Johnson
Written by: David Walker
Release date: June 21, 2023
*Minor Spoilers Ahead
From Vampirella’s fiftieth anniversary to her very own series! She started as Vampirella’s lover and ended up a very powerful pawn of Vampi’s mother, Lilith. Along the way, Victory’s made new friends, seen countless horrors, been saddled with a demon’s ring that she can’t get rid of, encountered the ghost of an old friend, and opened too many dimensional gateways to count. Despite that, there’s so much that we don’t know about Victory, like what her childhood was like. Or what she’s been doing with her demon ring and the crazy powers it has granted. Or which old – well, foe wouldn’t exactly be the right word – is about to show up to cheer her on. From writer David F. Walker (Compass, Young Justice, Naomi) and artist Brett Weldele (The Beauty, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).
In the much-anticipated “Victory #1,” David F. Walker, alongside the talented artists Brett Weldele and Dave Johnson, delivers an enthralling introduction to the enigmatic character of Victory, who has captivated readers as Vampirella’s lover and now takes center stage in her own series. Packed with intriguing mysteries, supernatural elements, and a touch of nostalgia, this comic book issue sets the stage for an exciting journey into Victory’s past and present.
One of the standout aspects of “Victory #1” is the skillful characterization of Victory. Walker skillfully peels back the layers of her complex persona, offering readers tantalizing glimpses into her enigmatic past. While we have witnessed Victory’s incredible powers and her unwavering loyalty to Vampirella, this series promises to shed light on her origins, childhood, and the events that shaped her into the formidable force she has become. The anticipation of exploring these untold stories is sure to keep fans of the character fully engaged.
The narrative unfolds seamlessly, blending elements of horror, adventure, and supernatural intrigue. Walker’s expertise in crafting immersive and suspenseful storylines shines through as Victory grapples with the burdens and consequences of wielding a demon’s ring, which grants her extraordinary powers but also presents its own set of challenges. The exploration of dimensional gateways and encounters with both old friends and mysterious adversaries add an air of excitement and unpredictability to the plot, ensuring that readers are constantly on the edge of their seats.
Brett Weldele’s page art and Dave Johnson’s cover artwork beautifully complements the storytelling, bringing the supernatural world of Victory to life with their evocative illustrations. Weldele’s distinct style lends a gritty and atmospheric quality to the visuals, enhancing the dark and mysterious tone of the narrative and adds a dynamic flair, particularly in the depiction of action sequences, leaving readers craving for more. Johnson’s cover art, on the other hand, is visually inviting and makes me feel like “is it a good idea for me to get involved with a sexy woman named Victory?”
“Victory #1” successfully captures the essence of Vampirella’s beloved companion while carving out her own distinct identity. It caters to longtime fans who have followed Victory’s journey closely, while also providing an accessible entry point for newcomers. David F. Walker’s writing prowess, coupled with the artistic talents of Brett Weldele, makes this debut issue a promising start to what is sure to be an unforgettable solo series.
Overall, “Victory #1” is a must-read for fans of the Vampirella universe and anyone seeking a compelling and visually stunning comic book experience. With its rich storytelling, engaging characters, and a healthy dose of supernatural intrigue, this series has the potential to leave a lasting impact on readers. As we eagerly await the next installment, “Victory” promises an exhilarating journey into the hidden depths of a character whose untold stories are finally coming to light.
Victory is available on our weekly new comic wall and it can also be placed on your pull list.