Friday, October 2, 2015

Crossover Cover: Vampirella, Kabal Agent

Vampirella joins the Kabal. For her first mission, she must rescue her fellow agent Beatrice Rappaccini, who has been kidnapped by the Promethean Society, which consists of Dr. Anton Moreau, Dr. John Dee, Dr. Caligari, and Victor von Frankenstein, who seek to exchange Bea for their teammate Dr. Faustus, who has been imprisoned by the Kabal. Kabal agents Tristan and Usher assist Vampi, as does Lazarus, the Walking Dead Man, one of Victor's creations. Beatrice Rappaccini is from Nathaniel Hawthorne's story “Rappaccini's Daughter.” Dr. Anton Moreau must be a descendant of H.G. Wells' Dr. Alphonse Moreau who is following in his forebear's footsteps by operating on animals to give them manlike forms. Dr. Caligari is from the classic German silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This Victor von Frankenstein must be one of the many relatives and/or descendants of Mary Shelley's Victor who have engaged in experiments of their own. Dr. Faustus is from Christopher Marlowe's play The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. Werewolf Tristan Caillet is doubtless a relative of Bertrand Caillet, the title character of Guy Endore's novel The Werewolf of Paris. Roderick Usher IV is descended from the original Roderick Usher, from Edgar Allan Poe's story “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

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