Dynamite 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 Entertainment’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.