Dynamite Comics ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK features beloved icon Elvira in a clever trifecta of genres, horror, sci-fi, and historical fiction. Writer David Avallone (BETTIE PAGE) and artist Dave Acosta (DOC SAVAGE) come together to make this trifecta a masterpiece. ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK #1 shows the main linking parts of the story: time travel (sci-fi) in multiple coffins (horror) that lead to meeting well-known horror writers in their respective era and places of origin (horror and historial fiction). Both ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK issues weave a continuously consistent plot, perfect characterization, and art that pops in liveliness and color. With all of this in mind, anticipation peaks for ELVRIA MISTRESS OF THE DARK #3.

*Warning, potential spoilers below!*

The Preceding Issues Prove Reason Enough To Continue

Subscribers of ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK have seen Elvira sucked into the past through coffin portals. We’ve met the master of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, historical and legendary poet, Edgar Allan Poe, and Elvira’s hunter, Vladamir Tepes a.k.a Dracula. Above all, our mistress and her adventures keep readers interested with a healthy mix of steady story progression and humor that breaks the fourth wall.

The reality of having a historical, time travelling horror comic is fresh and unexpected. Similarly, the innovation of having the creative capacity to even think the trifecta of genres would fit is also a fantastic modern twist. ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK #3 will no doubt continue to win the love of the audience.


It’s fun to try and step into the shoes of the horror writers and figures to understand what they’re thinking when they meet the vibrant and sweet Elvira. What we see is the surface and, of course, a fictional perspective. Mary Shelley enjoys Elvira’s company (and all the flattery), while Edgar Allan Poe finds her beautiful and poetically inspiring. He loves having her around so much that they grab a drink together. Next to see her in ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK #3 is Bram Stoker, the writer of Dracula.

ELVIRA MISTRESS OF DARK #1 page 12. Image courtesy of Read Comic Books Online.

If Elvira could time travel in real life and see these characters, I’d want to know what they thought about modern horror. As a result, their perspective would speak wonders to where the industry has gone and maybe even where it can be improved.  Also, knowing what they think of Elvira labeled as a horror icon and her look would be interesting.

Elvira herself is a good enough reason to be ready for ELVRIA MISTRESS OF THE DARK #3. Elvira is funny, sexy, and the horror queen — but every queen has predecessors. The historical horror writers illustrated in the story share the spotlight with Elvira, as it is appropriate. Without them, Cassandra Peterson (the actress who portrays Elvira) may have never been inspired to become the notable figure we know and love. Elvira, being an iconic horror figure featured in a comic with supporting characters, needs the perfect historical horror writers that inspired the modern horror genre to firmly cement her place in horror history. The ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK series delivers just that. David Avallon does a spooktacular job of interpreting what preceding horror writers and figures would be like. From they way they talk to the way they look seems spot on.

Lively, Rich and Seductive Looking

The art for ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK is stunning to behold. Elvira looks exactly how she should. As always, she’s wearing her iconic dress with her big, black beehive hair, and voluptuous female figure. Additionally, Elvira appears fair skinned, lively and seductive. Our historical figures dress conservatively with no room to show skin or figure for that matter.

Mary Shelley doesn’t react as much to Elvira’s appearance as Edgar Allan Poe does. As mentioned earlier on, he finds her very attractive and they even have drinks together. Elvira’s general reaction to their interactions with her is punny and charming.

ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK #2 page 3. Image courtesy of Dynamite Comics.

The characters in ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK, colored and drawn with such quality, look lively — almost too lively. (Dun, dun, dun.) The liveliness of the characters keeps the reader engaged by simply admiring the vibrant colors. Though they are cartoon-y, the characters jump off the page like they could reach out any second. Dave Acosta does well in making comic art come to life. I can’t wait to see how he brings new characters to life in ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK #3.


I love ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK. It’s so unique and engaging to read. I’ve honestly never laughed past a mere chuckle when reading anything up to this point. Finally, elvira meeting historical figures isn’t something I expected to like, or even love for that matter (not really a fan of sci-fi), but the creators have convinced me otherwise. Bring on more horrific adventures!

Stay tuned for ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK #3 coming to you soon!



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