VAMPIRELLA ON THE
Jay Faerber and Matthew
Clark Get Wild With Vampirella
Beginning in VAMPIRELLA #15,
Vampirella faces a foe that’s a bit more
than meets the eye.
“The Pack,” a four-issue story
arc, dwells on the supernatural and takes Vampirella
on a twisting ride cross country.
Art is a penciled
page from VAMPIRELLA #15. Inker Ron Randall
(The Crusades) finishes off the art team.
The issue is scheduled for a November
2002 release. (click art for a larger
Jay Faerber, writer of the acclaimed Noble
Causes, and penciler Matthew Clark, who most
recently illustrated Greg Rucka’s Felon,
join together to have Vampirella investigate
a series of murders in the Pacific Northwest.
She finds herself on the wrong end of the law,
but is able to pull in an ally. Discovering
a frightening truth, Vampirella heads east,
and tracks this new horror through the New York
"The Pack" is unlike anything I've
ever written,” Faerber says. ”It's
an odd mix of horror and crime, and features
Vampirella taking on a pack of werewolves who
are making life hell for campers in the Pacific
Northwest. Helping (or hindering, depending
on your point of view) Vampirella is a sly police
detective who doesn't realize the true nature
of the killings he's investigating.”
“Jay’s story is faboo,”
Clark says. “It takes place not to far
from me, so when I read the scripts I knew the
area well. Hell, I think I've camped there a
few times myself and hopefully it comes through.
It’s well crafted with all the right beats.
It’s a rich setting, and a wide variety
of people and places. We have bikers, werewolves,
hikers, a young couple in love, cops and park
rangers, real people doing real things... oh
yeah, and a hot babe in a bikini"
About his co-conspirator, Faerber notes, “Matthew
Clark is doing some of the best work of his
career on this book, and he's so gung-ho about
it, he cancelled his plans to attend the San
Diego Comic Con so he could stay home and draw.
And he was ahead of schedule!”
Clark expounds on working on the vicious Vampi.
“Gods and monsters, criminals and cops,
now I'm adding Vampirella, babe fighting in
a bikini. What’s not to love. Really.
I'm getting to draw the original slayer of vampires.
Each project I've been blessed with drawing
something completely different. It help keep
the art fresh, keeps me on my toes. Vampirella
walks and talks with meaning. She commands the
story, she’s a force of nature. There’s
a certain appeal she has that no other character
has, determination, with just a smige of cheese.
I think of old Hammer films when working on
her. I hope I'm doing her justice.”
VAMPIRELLA #15-18 hosts covers by Amanda Conner
and Jimmy Palmiotti, with alternate covers by
Tony Harris, Karl Waller, Matthew Clark and