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Iconic Horror Comic Vampirella Returns in “Our Lady of Shadows”

VampiVol2-01-Cov-Dodson-6eaa2Dynamite Entertainment has relaunched classic horror heroine Vampirella just in time for her for her 45th birthday, bringing in none other than horror novelist (and writer of Sunglasses After Dark) Nancy Collins to take charge.

“In celebration of her 45th anniversary, I’m returning the book’s focus to its horror roots and giving Vampirella a slightly darker edge,” Collins said in a statement accompanying the news of the relaunch. In her first storyline, “Our Lady of Shadows,” Collins promises that Vampirella’s life will be “turned completely upside down, as she finds herself having to team up with the strangest bedfellow imaginable in order to battle both a demonic threat and an elite Vatican hit-squad.”

Collins is no stranger to the comic industry, having written Swamp Thing for DC vampirella_07_cover_colors_by_fabianoneves-d3a93hmEntertainment’s Vertigo line in the early 1990s.  Her first novel, 1989’s Sunglasses After Dark drew attention — and won awards — for its contemporary treatment of vampire mythology, which she continued to explore in subsequent books like Tempter, her YA series VAMPS and Angels on Fire.

Collins is joined by artist Patrick Berkenkotter on the series, a staple of Dynamite Entertainment, having contributed artwork to such titles as Red Sonja. Collins praises his ability to make Vampirella “sexy, menacing, and badass” simultaneously. “I think the fans are going to be pleased with his work when they pick up Vampirella #1, and I hope they take me to heart as well,” she said.

Vampirella #1 is scheduled for release in June.

THE RETURN OF FLASH GORDON

flash_gordon_coverWith the 80th anniversary of the classic comic-book character, Flash Gordon looming, it looks like the folks at Dynamite Entertainment have enough faith to put together an entire new comic around the character.

Using their Kings Watch mini-series to reintroduce Flash, Dale Arden, Dr. Hans Zarkov and Ming the Merciless the new series will be penned by Batman ’66 writer Jeff Parker, Deadpool artist Evan “Doc” Shaner and Pretty Deadly colorist Jordie Bellaire.

 “Dynamite and editor Nate Cosby have put together the dream team for Flash Gordon, and I’m the lucky writer who gets to work with them,” says Jeff Parker.  “We’re bringing Flash back for a new audience.  It’s over-the-planet high action and adventure where Flash’s spirit and optimism are as powerful as anything the forces of Ming the Merciless can dish out.  We also have some of my favorite artists contributing covers – make no mistake, this book is going to absolutely kill!”

The character first appeared on January 7, 1934 in a newspaper strip written and drawn by the great Alex Raymond, flash-gordon1before being adapted across multiple media, including both movie serials in the 1930s and a full-length movie in 1980, as well as television series, radio shows and multiple comic books. Although the newspaper strip still runs in some outlets, its last original episode ran back in 2003, with all subsequent strips being reprints of earlier material.

Flash Gordon #1 will feature variant covers by: Gabriel Hardman, Jonathan Case, Declan Shalvey, and Marc Laming.  There will also be a Stephen Mooney 80th Anniversary Cover, a Ken Haeser Subscription-Only Variant Cover of “Li’l Flash”, and a blank Authentix Cover.

Comic shop retailers are invited to create store-specific cover editions, as well:

Flash01-RetailerShare7E228-600x922Dynamite has designed a “Death to Ming” propaganda style cover as a Retailer Exclusive Variant Cover, available for retailers to order through Diamond Comics (Item Code FEB141156).  Numerous retailers can share the “Death to Ming” artwork, but have personalized store names built into the front cover design.

Dynamite also welcomes the opportunity to develop unique Retailer Exclusive Variant Covers featuring artwork not available anywhere else.  Stores may contact Marketing Manager Keith Davidsen (keith.davidsen@dynamite.com) for more information.

Flash Gordon #1 is slated for release on April 9, 2014 and will also be available for purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

So, if you’re a long-standing fan then this is great news and if you haven’t checked out Flash Gordon before, now might beFLash MOvie the time. Who knows, we might even get another movie out of this (fingers crossed).

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