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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 299

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at the 2006 Vampirella Halloween Special #1 by Phil Hester and Stephen Segovia!


In many ways, Vampirella is all about attitude, and Hester and Segovia pull off that attitude swimmingly on the first page of this Vampirella Halloween Special…

Very noir opening.

The book continues to go for a sort of modern noir approach, as Vampy goes to visit a tattoo artist…

She tells the man a scary horror tale, and that’s when the story takes a turn…

Pretty cool, huh?

The tale then takes a Fleisher/Aparo Spectre-esque turn in the killer’s punishment.

Well-told spooky story!


What I like about the art is that it has the slickness of 90s Image visuals but with better anatomy and storytelling fundamentals. I’d be interested in seeing what else the artist Segovia has done.

He’s become a pretty prolific fill-in artist for Marvel, particularly on Wolverine-related titles, so it’s likely only a matter of time before he gets a shot at an ongoing at Marvel. I think his work here is perhaps a bit better than a lot of his Wolverine stuff, but that might be due to short lead times (which fill-ins often have). He did a one-shot for DC about Ragman last week that was quite good.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 27, 2010 at 7:47 am

I didn’t recognize Vampirella in that first panel, … she had way too much clothing on. ;-)

That tattoo would be much cooler if it were of Jack Skellington.

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