In Review: Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #5

Elvira’s temporal adventures land her in hot water – so hot -- one more time, and it may be the last.

Synopsis: Elvira’s temporal adventures land her in hot water – so hot — one more time, and it may be the last. Her new nemesis sends her to the worst place in the universe, and we’re not talking about Encino! See it all go to Hell in the fifth exciting chapter of ELVIRA: TIMESCREAM, brought to you in Elvirascope (no special glasses required)

Review: Have been waiting what seems like an age for this issue to come along and am happy to say its been worth the wait.

The Story

Having traveled through time with Faust and plucked out of the time stream. Elvira finds herself in Hell and winds up undertaking a quest in order to return home to modern day Los Angeles. Along the way she gets briefly reacquainted with Edgar Allen Poe and finds herself going on her own version of Dante’s Inferno.

The Artwork

Dave Acosta does some wonderful work on this issue. His interpretation of Hell is somewhat like the Grand Canyon or any Alien World you’d see in a Classic Star Trek where there are a lot of reds and deep oranges. Ocosta’s drawing of the Ferryman who ferries our Mistress across a river is really cool looking.


David Avallone manages to outdo himself here by cramming a hell of a lot of adventure and humor into a single issue. The fact that Elvira meets Helen of Troy, the Demon Mephistopheles, and Lucifer in a single issue is pretty impressive given that he only has 27 pages to deliver a story in.

I love the fact that the story feels like a quest, but continues to make time for the odd one-liner as well as the meta-humor we have seen in previous issues. There’s also a really cheeky and fun reference to disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein where Elvira compares dealing with him to what it may be like for her to deal with the devil.

Overall. A wonderful issue. Hopefully, the wait will not seem as long for issue 6.

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #5
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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