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Review: Elvira Mistress of The Dark #1

Elvira Mistress of The Dark is written by David Avallone, drawn by David Acosta, colored by Andrew Colvat, and letters by Taylor Esposito. Elvira is published by Dynamite comics.

The hostess with the mostess, the Queen of the Macabre, the lovely Elvira is back. I don’t know about you, but I have missed my Elvira fix. I could go back and watch her in TV episodes, movies, and so on but I need something fresh. David Avallone did an amazing job with Bettie Page. Let’s see how he does with spinning a new tale with The Mistress of the Dark.

Elvira Mistress of The Dark #1

The story starts off with Elvira being her adorable and goofy self in a familiar setting. Looks like some sort of dungeon. She is beckoned by a voice beyond the shadows. She demands the mysterious voice stop hiding. Suddenly a vampire appears. As he leans in to suck Elvira dry his teeth pop out.

The director doesn’t seem too thrilled by this and yells cut. He’s also not a huge fan of the dialogue, but I thought it was campy, dark, and adorable. Elvira decides to head back to her trailer to help with lines. As soon as she gets in something is going very wrong. Something supernatural is afoot and Elvira ends up getting tossed somewhere far from Encino. Elvira is suddenly hanging out with the legend, Mary Shelley. Her name should sound familiar, she did write Frankenstein after all.

So, what can you expect from this first issue? For fans like myself, reading Elvira Mistress of The Dark was like talking with a friend you haven’t seen in a while, but still connect with. It was like I hadn’t missed a beat and caught up quickly. Nothing was missing with her personality. Elvira was just as campy, macabre, and witty as ever. The dialogue for the supporting cast was dead-on too in my opinion.

Mary Shelley was just as I imagined she would be. Obviously I never met her, but Avallone captured what I had pictured in my head for her perfectly. Elvira Mistress of The Dark proves that the Queen of the Macabre is back!

Rating: 9/10

Elvira Mistress of The Dark #1 is now available at comic book retailers nationwide.

Sheena Fisher
Sheena Fisher
Sheena Fisher AKA cosplayer Sheena Bot. She and her husband have been making cosplay magic since 2008. She has been consistently writing comic reviews for titles Harley Quinn, Supergirl, and Rat Queens. Sheena and her husband like to collect money for charities at different conventions during the weekend. By day she works as an Enrollment Agent at MorphoTrust. She is a Fairmont State University graduate with a bachelor's degree in Family & Consumer Sciences. Follow her on Faceboook: sheenabotcosplay

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