Most red-blooded fanboys don’t need much of an excuse to ogle a book featuring Vampirella. The high concept here is that this new ”magazine” gives you both actual comics and comics coverage. While the Vampi strips are well worth savoring, such shoulda-been-meaty reads – like an interview with comics guru Alan Moore – feel bemusingly dull and ponderous. More’s the pity, because VCM’s basic idea – to be a literate forum for horror comics fans – is a good one. Here’s hoping it ultimately finds its footing as a publication we’ll actually want to read with both hands.

Originally posted October 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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