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AVENGERS VS X-MEN #2 (FEB120534)
Written by JASON AARON
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The Six Million Dollar Man – Season Six #2
If the first issue was a bionic-powered trip back to the 1970s, this issue is that times at least two. Writer Jim Kuhoric and artist Juan Antonio Ramirez continue to immerse the reader in all things bionic; for fans of the show, they’ve really struck a chord.
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Vampirella isn’t a newcomer to Dynamite’s publishing schedule: for almost half a decade, she has starred in a variety of ongoing series, miniseries, and oneshots. But just as Dynamite revitalized Red Sonja last year by bringing in star writer Gail Simone to reinvigorate the series, so now they’ve enlisted horror author Nancy A. Collins to revamp Vampirella.
"I'm very excited about taking over the reins on Vampirella," Collins said. "I've really been enjoying myself so far. In celebration of her 45th anniversary, I'm returning the book's focus to its horror roots and giving Vampirella a slightly darker edge. Dynamite has been wonderful to work with, and have given me a great deal of support. It's been some time since I last wrote for comics, and it feels great to be back!"
Dynamite Senior Editor Joseph Rybandt is confident that readers are going to like what they see in this relaunch. “Our goal is to always keep things fresh and interesting and relevant to a new audience, as well as meeting the expectations that come with forty-five years of Vampirella stories. We did that during the last run, by changing things up a bit—and with this new series, we're taking a back-to-basics approach.”
What convinced Dynamite to relaunch Vampirella rather than just kicking off a new story arc? “While relaunches have certainly become more of a trend in the last few years, when they make sense, they make sense,” Rybandt said. “And with a new writer, artist, and direction, it certainly makes sense to start over with a new #1!”
What are the essential elements of Vampirella, and how is Collins embracing those elements in this new series? “Rather than completely erase the work of previous creators, I'm cherry-picking those elements from various continuities/story arcs that I think work for the character and ignoring those that don't—kind of like what comic book writers used to do when I was a kid,” Collins said. “I'm also trying to recapture the feel of the Warren series—especially the Archie Goodwin years—while also making her more self-reliant and putting her in a position where she has to rethink her beliefs regarding vampires--including herself.”
Collins’ horror credentials make her a perfect choice to relaunch Vampirella. “I got my start writing what was,back in the late 1980s, early 1990s, called horror but is now viewed as urban fantasy or paranormal fantasy,” Collins explained. “My first novel, Sunglasses After Dark, which introduced Sonja Blue, a punk female vampire/vampire-hunter, was nominated for the Tiptree Award & the John W. Campbell Award and won the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for First Novel and the British Fantasy Society's Icarus Award. I've written over fifty short stories and, as of now, twenty books, ranging from horror to Southern gothic to urban fantasy to young adult.”
Is it an odd transition to go from writing about a vampire hunter to writing about a vampire heroine? “Not really,” Collins said. “While the characters might be extremely different in appearance and tone, they're still both vampires and vampire-hunters. Sonja Blue has a great deal more angst and self-loathing than Vampirella, as well as a lot less control over her darker nature, but they both make the protection of human—especially innocents—a priority. The biggest difference between the two is thatVampirella was born a vampire, whereas Sonja Blue became one ‘the old-fashioned way.’ ButVampirella is a monster hunter... although she is starting to question her motivations.”
Collins first came to Dynamite last year when she was one of an elite group of authors invited to write Red Sonja tales. Did that pave the way for the Vampirella honors? “Yes,” Collins replied. “Gail Simone tapped me to provide a story for the Legends of Red Sonja. Joe Rybandt liked it enough to ask if I'd be interested in pitching a Red Sonja one-shot. I did--and that ended up becoming Red Sonja: Berserker, which came out this past February. After I turned in that story, Nick Barrucci contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in writing for any of their other books. Of course, I jumped at the chance, and gave him a list. I didn't ask for Vampirella because I figured she was already spoken for. Nick totally surprised me by offering me the book, provided he liked my proposal. So I jumped on it and worked up an outline, and‚—well, here we are!”
Her first story arc finds Vampirella working for... the Vatican? How does a vampire ends up an agent of the church? “She's been an operative for Cestus Dei since she made her Dynamite debut,” Collins said. “Cestus Dei is an MI-6 style organization within the Vatican that battles the forces of evil and works to keep the Apocalypse at bay.
“In my first story arc, Vampirella discovers that the occultist Ethan Shroud, leader of the Cult of Chaos—one of Vampirella’s oldest enemies, who dates back to the Warren Magazines era—has returned, and has kidnapped a little girl in order to use her as a sacrifice to a demon-goddess called Lady Umbra. Vampirella goes to the rescue, only to find herself being the one offered up to Umbra. Her whole world is then abruptly turned upside down when the Vatican sends the Mallus Maeficarum (The Witch-Hammer), an elite hit squad, after her, which forces her to turn to an extremely unlikely ally who helps her try to reverse the curse placed on her by Shroud.”
Rybandt is convinced that long-time Vampirella fans and newcomers will both find plenty to like in this relaunch. “Nancy was given free rein to do what she wants with the character, and the story and has drawn inspiration from the roots of the character. This is the perfect spot for new readers, and Nancy's knowledge of the character—and her experience in horror writing—will not disappoint!”
Collins is joined by artist Patrick Berkenkotter, who has illustrated such titles as Red Sonja, Dark Shadows/Vampirella, Project: Superpowers, and the Dynamite/Marvel joint productions Avengers/Invaders and The Torch. "I cannot sing Patrick’s praises loudly or often enough," Collins said. "His pencils are spectacular, and he's able to make her sexy, menacing, and bad-ass all at the same time. I think the fans are going to be pleased with his work when they pick up Vampirella #1.”
Vampirella #1 is scheduled for June 4th release. Terry Dodson supplies the art for the main cover, while Jenny Frison, Art Adams, Jay Anacleto, and Joe Jusko have been tapped to supply variant cover images and Stephanie Buscema does the honors for the subscription variant; there will also be a blank Authentix cover for those who’d like to supply their own cover art, or have an artist do an original sketch on their own personal one-of-a-kind copy of Vampirella #1.
In addition, Jack Jadson illustrates the 1-for-10 “homage” cover; Fernandez Davila illustrates the 1-for-25 “steampunk” cover; Mimi Yune, the 1-for-50 variant cover; and Ken Haeser, both the 1-for-100 “Li’l Vampi variant cover and the 1-for-200 hand-drawn “Li’l Vampi” variant cover. Check with the folks at your friendly neighborhood comic shop for information on price and availability of these ultra-limited variants.
—by Cliff Biggers