Review- ‘Elvira Mistress of the Dark’ #1

Elvira Mistress of the Dark #1

Part 1: Frankenstein is the Name of the Doctor

Writer: David Avallone

Art: Dave Acosta

The latest Floyd Mankoff picture is being filmed pitting Dracula vs Elvira.  During filming, Dracula loses his teeth and a break is called to get them glued back into the actor’s mouth. Elvira goes to her trailer where she sees a coffin sparking with mystical and arcane energy. An unknown assailant pushes Elvira into the coffin where she falls helplessly through a vortex.  She ends up exiting the coffin and encountering 2 men and 1 woman: Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft.

The writers were on retreat in a villa off the shores of Lake Geneva. The three were joined by their friend, Doctor Polidori, telling stories around the hearth when the good doctor was kidnapped by a bestial shadow.  Elvira helps the three look for the doctor around the villa until a scream is heard from the wine cellar.

Rushing to the wine cellar, Dr. Polidori is found tied to a chair and being held by a tall, dark figure wearing armor emblazoned with a dragon.  The man plunks Lord Byron, Percy, and the doctor’s heads together knocking them out.  He plans to gain sustenance from the men and make Mary and Elvira his brides. The women run off screaming.

Elvira and Mary run off and formulate a plan to stop the dark, dreadful man. He finds Elvira and she starts to flirt with him, letting his guard down, entranced by the Mistress of the Dark. She knees the man in the groin and Mary pushes him into the coffin, where he disappears. Elvira is pulled into the coffin. She emerges from the coffin in a cemetery, face to face with Edgar Allan Poe. To be Continued!

It’s nice to see Elvira back in comic book form. When looking through the dollar bin, I found an old issue of Elvira’s House of Mystery from DC Comics, which I gave to a friend at Christmastime.

I like the idea of her traveling through time via an enchanted coffin and meeting some of the best in horror history.  As this is a 4-issue miniseries, I’m curious to see who will pop up in issues three and four. I’m pulling for Alfred Hitchcock as a dark horse. Maybe Stephen King or William Gaines?

If you are looking for something to tide you over until Halloween, I recommend spending some quality time with the Mistress of the Dark!

Up Next – Nevermore! The Mistress of the Dark time-travels to 1838 Philadelphia for a black-cat-and-mouse game between America’s greatest poet of horror and the scariest tyrant of medieval Europe. Elvira and Edgar Allen Poe face down a raven-ous foe, in the second chapter of ELVIRA: TIMESCREAM!