Synopsis: Everyone’s favorite Mistress of the Macabre, Elvira is spinning her wheels hostessing horror film festivals at the local drive-in when she discovers the opportunity to get in good with George Rottmero, producer of the greatest, grittiest, most realistic horror movies ever.
Review: Dynamite Comics brings in the spring with an Elvira Mistress of the Dark special, which comprises of two original new stories that are an absolute hoot.
The first story in this comic is ‘Elvira…In Drive-In of the Dead!’
Written by and drawn by Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz. This opening story sees Elvira get discouraged with her job of hosting horror film festivals, which leads her on a trip to Hollywood to become a star. Upon arriving in Tinseltown. Elvira heads straight to the office of iconic horror producer George Rottmero who hires her on the spot to star in his latest movie. As things develop Elvira finds herself in danger as she slowly realizes that the iconic Rottmero has a secret.
The second story is called ‘Elvira…In The Satan 500’
Written by Scott Bryan Wilson. This is a cute story where Elvira meets the Devil and is challenged to race against him. If she wins she can ask for anything she wants, but if she loses she has to marry Satan forever.
Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz produced some fantastic art throughout both stories in this book. There were a lot of cheeky visuals of Elvira holding pumpkins and melons, which is all part of the cheesy and somewhat cheeky humor that you get with Elvira in general. But for me, the best art in these stories is the segment when George Rottmero tells Elvira about how he started to make his horror movies. In this segment, you get some wonderful black and white work of zombies and monsters as the legendary producer talks Elvira through what he has done to create his movies.
This was a fun comic for Elvira fans with some great one-liners and cheeky visual gags. The bigger of the two stories sees Elvira thrown into lots of situations as she works on several different scenes for Rottmero.
The second story was short at just 7 pages but packed with great dialogue and a lot of fun references to horror films and iconic names from horror. I loved the fact that the route they drove down consisted of lots of horror references with names such as Kruger, H.P. Lovecraft and tons of others.
Overall. An Enjoyable read and great if you want to celebrate Halloween in the Spring.