Synopsis: The Mistress of the Dark lands the leading role in a touching art film about human/gill monster romance, but there’s something decidedly fishy about her costar. Is there an Oscar in her future, or is director Billy Bullworth interested in spawning something more than an Academy Award-winning movie?
Review: David Avallone starts a new Elvira story and this time he enlists artist Fran Strukan to draw the iconic Vampiric Mistress.
The story starts with Elvira breaking the fourth wall to talk directly to us readers with a few playful puns and fun with regards to Dynamite Comic’s Lawyers and so forth. From that point, the Mistress begins to narrate the story, which essentially sees her getting a plum role in a new Billy Bullworth movie.
After the intro we see Elvira go to Billy Bullworth’s Mansion where she is introduced to various people and have a bit of a misadventure with a bookcase.
In truth beyond introductions to the various players and some secrecy regarding the film’s script and the temperamental star. Not a great deal happens. At least not yet!
Fran Strukan gets a great first issue with which to establish the art style and does a great job. The look of the interiors to Bullworth’s mansion is very Adams Family as Elvira correctly points out with one of her quips. Strukan gets to have a fair bit of fun with the visuals when Elvira gets a little lost when she enters the secret rooms behind the bookcase. We go from a monster’s lair to the set of a sci-fi movie in a matter of pages.
This is a promising start for what hopefully will be a great Elvira adventure with plenty of laughs and puns along the way. David Avallone has a great track record when it comes to writing for characters like Elvira and his last series with Elvira has set the bar high. Hopefully, this new one will be every bit as enthralling.