Before Vampirella was marked by the Cult of Chaos as a living sacrifice to Lady Umbra, the Queen of Shadows, she worked as an field operative for Cestus Dei, the Vatican's version of MI-6. In this one-shot, set before the "Our Lady of Shadows" story arc, Vampirella must go undercover at a French convent to investigate a series of weird deaths and odd disappearances believed to be the work of a long-dead evil witch known as Metifa, Satan's Mistress. That's right - one of the classic Warren-era menaces makes her Dynamite debut, 40+ years since her last appearance!
I wrote Prelude To Shadows as a tribute to Grindhouse 'eurotrash' such as Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960), Juan L. Moctezuma's Alucarda (1977), and Jess Franco's Venus In Furs (1969); Italian giallo cinema ala Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977) and Lucio Fulci's Don't Torture A Duckling (1972); as well as nunsploitation films like Ken Russell's The Devils (1971) and Gilberto Martínez Solares' Satanico Pandemonium (1975). I hope you enjoy it!
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