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"Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dynamite Entertainment

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Written by David Avallone
Illustrated by Dave Acosta
Colored by Andrew Covalt
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 19th, 2019

Review:

Everyone's favorite horror hostess has been bouncing through time thanks to the machinations of Faust. Her latest travels have taken her back to her home of sunny Los Angeles, albeit eighty years earlier. She's on the set of a classic horror movie as the infamous – and very real – Vlad the Impaler is in hot pursuit. She'll have to outwit the man who inspired Dracula if she hopes to get back to her own time in one piece.

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark has followed a formula of sorts in each chapter so far with the title character arriving in a new time, figuring out where and when she is, and then cracking jokes as Vlad chases her down. While this has become a little repetitive, it's still just as fun as it was in the first issue. This mostly comes down to Elvira's charming nature. Sure, the jokes can be a little corny, but you have to love her.

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The fourth wall is frequently broken as she points out things like the aforementioned formula or the public domain characters at play. Writer David Avallone has Elvira make fun of him in a silly, yet meta way. The dialogue moves at a mile a minute, like a great Marx Brothers movie. If you read this too fast, you'll miss some of the gags, puns, and double entendres.

Elvira says all of this with a twinkle in her eye. Artist Dave Acosta perfectly captures the sly grace and beauty of the character, not to mention her...assets. Her facial expressions help the humor quite a bit, adding just the right emphasis to a line of dialogue.

Vlad is an unstoppable foe, constantly on Elvira's trail. They've fought through three different time periods already and he's not going to stop in this one. He hasn't had to go through the back lot of a major film studio though. We pop into a number of movies in production, paying homage or parodying classic westerns, musicals, mysteries, and pirate pictures. This provides a fun backdrop as the chase weaves through each set. Colorist Andrew Covalt creates a unique palette for each of these scenes, instantly giving you an idea of what to expect.

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By the end of this issue, we have further proof of Vlad's monstrous qualities in a bloody battle sequence. Letterer Taylor Esposito puts some additional emphasis on Vlad's grunts, not to mention the sound effects of bodies and bullets flying every which way. The rest of the book is a little more even-keeled, so this segment stands out.

As much as I've grown to love horror, it's just as much fun to poke fun at it on occasion. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark pays tribute to the classics, while also sticking it's tongue out at some of the silliest aspects of the horror genre. It's a fast-paced, humorous book starring a macabre icon. What's not to love?

Grades:

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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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