Reading Vampironica, I sometimes thought maybe Greg Smallwood’s art would look better if it were a black and white seventies horror comic magazine. But no, I don’t think it’d make a difference. Smallwood has a very think line. It makes the comic look like someone’s zooming in on the art. It feels rushed.
The comic itself is very rushed. I think it reads in four or five minutes tops. It starts with Veronica as Buffy, then it turns out it’s Veronica as Blade. Lots of Archie cast cameos. Lots of solid jokes from Smallwoods Greg and Meg. It’s a breezy, fun five minutes.
But it’s just five minutes. Probably more like four. Because there’s no dawdling. The only thing Smallwood emphasizes is the expressions, but his staging is so rushed, they’re almost speed bumps. They work for emphasis.
Vampironica is completely readable and totally disposable. It’s an ongoing, which is sort of worse.
Writers, Greg Smallwood and Meg Smallwood; artist, Greg Smallwood; letterer, Jack Morelli; editors, Stephen Oswald, Vincent Lovallo, Alex Segura, and Jamie L. Rotante; publisher, Archie Comics.