12/03/15 @ 1:04 pm EST
Written by Cliff Biggers
Has Dejah Thoris really been around for more than a century now? Yes indeed—she made her first appearance in All-Story Magazine way back in 1912. For a centenarian, she’s looking quite good indeed—but after a hundred years, it’s apparently time for a new look!
When Dynamite’s new Dejah Thoris series debuts in February, readers will meet a Dejah Thoris whose world has been changed, leading her to go into a self-imposed exile, where she assumes a new identity and new duties as a rookie soldier in the Barsoomian outlands.
The saga begins with the disappearance of Dejah Thoris’s father. “Without giving too much away, I can say that things escalate quickly and Dejah does not end up taking the throne,” writer Frank J. Barbiere said. “The mystery of what happened to her father and the machinations behind his disappearance are a big hook of our story. While we’re primarily interested in Dejah’s quest and growth, the plot as a whole all revolves around what happened to her father and the bigger, more insidious plan behind it.
“Dejah has a memory shaken loose—something that she had buried deep in her subconscious—and it cuts to the core of who she is. This series is really about her getting back in touch with her identity, not just the roles she’s given. It all ties together nicely and relates to themes about destiny, lineage, and identity—I’m very proud of how the book is shaping up and think readers will be intrigued.
While many of Dynamite’s Dejah Thoris tales have been set in Barsoom’s pre-John Carter past, Barbiere is focusing on the John Carter era in his series. “John Carter is married to Dejah Thoris in this story and has been established as a main player,” Barbiere said. “It’s not really a new origin or anything like that, as much as a new story within the already established canon. It’s a great experience to play with that canon and have such a wealth of mythology at my disposal. It is truly humbling to add to something that is already so massive and great.”
In addition to John Carter, other familiar characters are slated to appear in the new series. “There will definitely be some familiar faces popping up! There will also be a lot of the elements of the world fans love worked in. I really enjoy taking advantage of the fantastic canon and mythology established in the world of Barsoom. It really adds a nice dimension to the book!”
The much-publicized “new look” for Dejah Thoris is actually a logical component of the story. “It’s featured very prominently into the plot and has a necessity,” Barbiere said. “We still get to see a fair bit of ‘classic’ Dejah, but her new outfit is actually a military uniform. Dejah leaves Helium and is trying to hide her affiliation with the kingdom, so it really works quite well within the story. The idea with the redesign isn’t to change the canon—it’s to add to it in an exciting, organic way.
“It’s really quite liberating to have such a fleshed out character. I feel when you create your own characters you spend so much time trying to convince readers they have substance, that they are worthwhile. With Dejah, I can lean on her past and the great stories that have come before, and really focus on doing something new and saying what I want to say with the story. It’s part of the reason I really do enjoy work for hire projects, as well as my own creations.”
The new look was designed by acclaimed artist Nicola Scott. “”Dejah Thoris was about playing with themes and the Barsoom aesthetic,” Scott said. “Plaited leathers, swooping, organic shaped armour, and gossamer fabrics seemed the right place to start. It was just a matter of playing around with shapes and proportions until it came together.”
Dedicated Burroughs fans don’t need to worry that Barbiere is trying to reinvent ERB’s vision of Barsoom. “There is a fair bit of the mythology at play, but largely it’s the visual aesthetic that will be a touchstone for fans. We know this world looks and acts a certain way, so we’ll be playing into that as much as possible. This is very much a story set in the established story world, so we won’t be taking many liberties with the aesthetics and mythology of the universe—just expanding them and enhancing the story we want to tell!”
Barbiere explained how his role in the Dejah Thoris relaunch came about. “I’ve had a fantastic working relationship with Dynamite Entertainment since Solar: Man of the Atom. I’ve stayed in touch and expressed an interest in doing more, and thankfully my name came up as someone who would be a good candidate for Dejah Thoris! I’m very excited to be collaborating with new editor Rachel Pinnelas as well as senior editor Joe Rybandt, both of whom have brought a really fresh new direction to all three of the books launching—Dejah, Sonja, and Vampirella, respectively.”
In spite of his comprehensive knowledge of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom and its inhabitants, Barbiere isn’t a lifelong ERB reader. “I had always caught references to Burroughs growing up, but it actually wasn’t until I read League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 2—which features an opening issue featuring Barsoom/some of the John Carter mythology—that I became aware of it,” Barbiere explained. “The vividness of the desert imagery was really striking to me, something that Moore and O’Neil really caught in their interpretation. I researched it a bit after that and really thought it was a cool mythology—then of course, the film brought it back into the limelight—at least for a short moment.”
Barbiere’s first storyline “is planned as a six-issue arc,” he said, “but hopefully there will be more to come, as I really do enjoy the character and the world of Barsoom, and I am truly honored to be writing Dejah Thoris, a character with such a robust history and celebrated pulp pedigree. This is a new start for Dejah Thoris, and I think our story is going to reignite the spark of what makes her great. It’s a bold new take that really captures the spirit of Dejah as a dynamic, interesting, and capable character ,while exploring her past in a way that fans new and old won’t expect.”
Dejah Thoris #1, by Frank J. Barbiere & Francesco Manna, is scheduled for February 3rd release. The book is offered with cover art by Jay Anacleto, NEN, Tula Lotay, and Tony Fleecs; in addition, Dynamite will offer a 1-for-10 variant cover by Ming Doyle and a 1-for-25 variant cover by Nicola Scott.
10/29/20 @ 2:54 pm EST
Dynamite is debuting its first-ever children's book exclusively on Indiegogo, timed to launch on National Cat Day, chronicling the emotional roller coaster journey of an adorable cat named Cozmo, with proceeds Saved Whiskers Rescue Organization, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit animal welfare organization!
In Saved by a Whisker, readers of all ages will learn the incredible true story that graced the headlines of USA Today, the New York Post, Boston Herald, NJ.com, and more. Cozmo was like many other cats, with a loving family. As they were readying to move cross-country, he escaped and was tragically left behind by accident, nearly a thousand miles away from everything he knew and loved.
In this new book, writer Kristen Rybandt and artist Ken Haeser will trace the paw-shaped steps Cozmo took to be reunited with his family, with the help of the Saved Whiskers rescue shelter. Beyond its heartfelt story, the book can help parents explain the need for compassion toward animals, and share a sense of participation and accomplishment with their kids in supporting a great cause. A portion of all proceeds will directly impact the lives of animals in need by providing for food, medicine, grooming, and veterinary expenses.
"It was really fun writing a story from a cat’s perspective," said writer Kristen Rybandt. "It’s really exciting to be part of this Indiegogo campaign and I hope everyone loves it as much as we love cats."
Artist Ken Haeser added, "I was honored to be asked to do the illustrations for Dynamite's first children's book. I've had some cat drawing experience, so I jumped at the chance to do ...
10/27/20 @ 2:08 pm EST
Red Sonja has clashed with swords, sorcery, and all manner of monsters in her Hyborean adventures. But how does she far against, and alongside, spandex and capes? Dynamite kicks off 2021 answering that question with RED SONJA: THE SUPERPOWERS!
Complementing the companion series VAMPIRELLA: THE DARK POWERS, acclaimed writer and event architect Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League Odyssey) puts Dynamite's flagship sword and sandals She-Devil up to the test to of traditional, shiny sci-fi superheroics. Returning Red Sonja artist Jonathan Lau (Red Sonja, Project Superpowers) joins him, along with colorist Andrew Dalhouse and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
"Ever wanted to see what a sword would do to an over-confident superhero..?" said writer Dan Abnett. "You know, now that these projects are both announced, that Sonja and Vampi are going to meet. That’s going to be big. But without getting spoilery, that’s just the start..."
Artist Jonathan Lau added, "I'm very much in the same boat as the readers with regards to the story, I just want to ramp up the action in every issue!"
Sonja's story starts in her world, initially in line with a usual tale of the Hyrkanian hero. She's hunting down a diabolical sorcerer by the name of Skarab Nor, who's been channeling dark forces to turn humans into his mindless thralls. When she encounters strangers with otherworldly appearances, she assumes they are said enemies.
From said strangers' perspective, they are members of The Project led by Captain Future, on a first contact and surveying mission for this version of Earth. Can they find a local metahuman who can be ...
10/22/20 @ 7:56 pm EST
When is there a better time to look for love than in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? You can't help what the heart wants, and Dynamite's heroes want smooches in the new DIE!NAMITE: OUR BLOODY VALENTINE special!
This new special one-shot is directly tied to the smash hit DIE!NAMITE series, which debuted in October with 90,000 copies printed. Writer and certified zombie expert Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, The Comic Book Story of Basketball) is joined by the kinetic ink slinging of Lee Ferguson (Sympathy for No Devils), the blood-soaked palette of Kike J. Diaz, and terror-filled typography of Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Together this team will chronicle love in the time of flesh-eating.
"I was born on Valentine's Day, so it's a very special time of year for me, and I want to make it as special as I can for the readers, too," said Van Lente. "I will do so with not one, but two touching and excessively gory love stories. Warming your hearts while simultaneously turning your stomachs is why I was put on this Earth, when you get right down to it."
Serial bachelor Peter Cannon has spent his entire life secluded in the Himalayas. This Valentine's Day, his loyal assistant Tabu is dedicated to finding a special someone for Peter Cannon. Which is hard enough any time, as Peter can be a difficult man. But when there's a horde of zombies threatening all of Dynamite's heroes across the galaxy, it may just be impossible.
A special second story features the iconic star-crossed lovers of John Carter and Dejah Thoris. They're used to contending with man-eating beasts on their home planet of Barsoom, but when that deadly habit spreads around and could turn your own loved ones against ...
10/13/20 @ 4:28 pm EST
The Mistress of the Dark is back with a special all-new prestige comic book story ripped straight from the headlines, filled with terror and titillation. Created by the icon herself and long-running Elvira scribe David Avallone, THE OMEGA MA'AM is available exclusively on Kickstarter by clicking here starting October 13th at 10:13 AM EST!
Originating with a cheeky "Quarantine Special" codename, this brand new 48-page story finds Elvira waking up from a short coma (due to a hairspray overdose...) to discover a deserted Los Angeles. Wandering around with her canine companion, it seems she may be the sole survivor. But The Last Sex Symbol on Earth... is not alone! She must contend with a cult of zombie-like survivors who've ingested cleaning products that alter their DNA, as she seeks to find out what happened and where to get a decent cup of coffee. This exclusive comic pulls inspiration from the likes of The Omega Man, The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Mad Max and more, and is sure to be a delight for fans of horror, camp, and great stories - as only Elvira can! Elvira, the creative team, and the Dynamite crew have been working on this for all of 2020. The spooky season is the perfect time to launch for Elvira's fans, and the book will be shipped out quickly following the finale.
For nearly 35 years, Elvira has had a historic strong connection to comic books, a medium with a controversial and campy legacy just like the cult B movies she'd host on her classic TV series. Across that history, the Queen of the Macabre has never been as closely involved in the creative process ...
10/02/20 @ 10:10 pm EST
This October, Dynamite is bringing a bounty of Halloween haunts to Indiegogo, including limited edition metal covers of Hallow's Eve classics and a stunning statue based on one of the definitive modern images of Vampirella! The campaign is live now!
Spooky season and bringing that fun to comics is deep in the DNA of Dynamite, going back to its first-ever comic book, an Army of Darkness issue featuring a glow-in-the-dark variant, to the horror host origins of flagship character Vampirella. Dynamite is celebrating the season and that legacy with a trio of sparkly metal variant covers for Vampirella, Red Sonja, and Bettie Page. Great deals are also being offered on the Steve Kiwus sculpted statue bust based on Stanley "Artgerm" Lau's legendary cover for Vampirella #2. Fans shouldn't miss out on these centerpieces of the campaign, and can build their own custom reward packages through Indiegogo. Including special packages of 10 comics for just $5 or select graphic novels for $10. This project is being fulfilled right as orders come in, so fans should order early to get their goodies by Halloween!
Each of these exciting Halloween Specials features a pair of stories sure to entertain fans of the characters new and old. Now rare editions will be released with laser-etched metal overlay covers to showcase the magnificent pieces by artist Reilly Brown. A combo package of the complete trio includes a special discount.
In Vampi's main story, Scott Lobdell and Rapha Lobosco chronicle a fun-filled monster brawl and loving tribute to the Warren days, with characters named for Forrest J. Ackerman and Trina Robbins, and cameos from the Drakulonian's fellow horror mag hosts. In a fan-favorite backup story, Lobdell is joined by Blake Northcott ...
09/24/20 @ 12:40 pm EST
Red Sonja swings into her new limited series, The Price of Blood, by Luke Lieberman and Walter Geovani this December.
Red Sonja caretaker Luke Lieberman returns to the fiery-haired heroine for another chapter in her early adventures. He's joined by fan-favorite Sonja artist Walter Geovani (Death-Defying 'Devil, Clean Room) whose prolific work on the character goes back over a decade, most celebrated being his run with Gail Simone. The blood-soaked colors are handled by Adriano Augusto, while the slashing sound effects are brought by Taylor Esposito.
"Sonja has had a really rough road, and it has made her very jaded, so she is searching for the brighter side of life. That is why she is so angry when this moment of happiness and innocence is stolen from her in this series," said writer Luke Lieberman. "The goal with Sonja, as with any good storytelling is to do something different than everything that has come before while staying true to her roots. That is always the balance - between honoring to the history and being open to the future."
"It´s great to be back! I'm always happy and honored to draw such an iconic character," said artist Walter Geovani. "Sonja is a badass, cutting heads off, but she also has an emotional side."
This new series takes place in the months following Lieberman's last saga, Birth of the She-Devil [in paperback now], but can be read completely standalone like any great pulpy sword and sorcery tale. After the brutal events of that story, Sonja is looking to cut loose and drown out all the atrocities she has witnessed with ale. She travels to Aquilonia to attend the Festival of Fire with her new friend Elli.
Though Sonja's escape is destined to be ...
09/23/20 @ 7:30 am EST
Dynamite announces a pair of stunning exclusive variant covers featuring Red Sonja and Vampirella by powerhouse duo Jim Balent and Holly Golightly, available right now on Indiegogo!
"I’m a huge fan of Frank Thorne’s work, especially on the Red Sonja Series!," said Jim Balent. "Although I will never surpass his depiction of this She-Devil With a Sword, I could not pass up this opportunity to illustrate one of my favorite covers he created. I consider this a huge honor to have my cover on his iconic issue."
"Lush and glamorous, romantic, goth and melodramatic... as a teen, all of these qualities pulled me into Vampirella’s world," said Holly Golightly. "I wanted to be her best friend and join her in all her adventures. It’s a dream come true to share my passion for her and Jose Gonzalez’s art through my cover with other Vampi fans!“
This is actually a very special project for both Balent and Golightly, who have long been fans of these iconic characters and that influence is seen in their styles and work to this day.
Holly was such a big fan of Vampirella, and particularly the sensual stylings of her definitive 1970s artist Jose Gonzalez, that she used an image of the Drakulonian for her high school graduation yearbook page! As she navigated growing up and honing her artistry, Holly identified with the outsider nature of Vampi and the macabre horror of those original stories. Her favorite issue was the 1972 Annual, which featured a deep roster of top artists across 64 pages like Gonzalez, Wally Wood, Jeffrey Catherine Jones, Neal Adams, and more. Which is why her exclusive new art is adorning a limited-edition printing of that issue and at magazine size!
On the other ...
09/21/20 @ 12:32 pm EST
Dynamite is proud to present the kick off for Year Two of Christopher Priest’s instant classic run on Vampirella, starting a new story arc with issue #16!
Flowing like the blood rivers of Drakulon from the first epic arc “Seduction of the Innocent” and interweaving with “Numerology” over in companion title Sacred Six, Priest takes Vampi back to her roots with “Interstellar.” With #15 sandwiched in between as a spotlight done-in-one tale and great jumping-on point.
Those familiar with the Daughter of Drakulon’s origin know it shares elements with some other luminaries of her native medium. From the confused man accidentally landing on the “shores” of her native land, to her undercover alien immigrant status on Earth. Now with her infamous mother, Lilith, vanished under mysterious circumstances, Ella must return to her home planet to rescue her – maybe. To do so, she must retrace her steps back to her beginning, find that man, and recreate the accident that brought him to Drakulon. And what she finds there is a tribunal against Lilith for the ravaging drought, social unrest, and economic disaster left in her wake. While they turn their eyes to the plentiful “cattle” on Earth full of life-sustaining blood…
“The overwhelming reception to our 50th-anniversary launch prompted Dynamite to expand our take on America’s favorite space vampire,” said writer Christopher Priest. “Shifting some story into our new Sacred Six title, clearing the way for a return to the character’s science fiction roots here as we journey beyond our domestic settings into the weird and horrific planet flowing with rivers of blood. How will Vampirella star in two books at one time? We’ve got that covered. Trust me!”
Priest is again joined by series ...
09/02/20 @ 2:56 pm EST
Have you checked out our new Indiegogo campaign yet? Head on over here to stock up on all of the hottest comics and premium variant covers coming this October from your favorite superstar creators including the incredibly hot Peach Momoko! But importantly, we want to remind fans that the special 48 hours only early bird deals are soon to end! Place your order today because after midnight these great early bird offers won't be available anymore.
One pledge level offers a surprise 1-in-10 incentive cover at half off! Some of these are our fun homage covers to creators and characters like Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Batman and Spider-Man. While others feature other cool themes or artists like the connecting zombie covers we did earlier this year as an unofficial prelude to the upcoming giant crossover DIE!NAMITE.
The other is a truly unbeatable deal, with a whopping 60% off some of the rarest and most premium variants that we do at Dynamite. The limited-run virgin variants usually run at $50, and now you can get one randomly selected for just $20. Featuring Vampirella, Red Sonja, or others by artists like Lucio Parrillo, Joseph Michael Linsner or many more!
Get yours now before time runs out!
08/31/20 @ 4:00 pm EST
Dynamite announces its latest Indiegogo collectible extravaganza, live right now, the latest campaign features all the most exciting comics and premium variant covers releasing this October! From rare virgin covers, CGC graded masterpieces, all from today's best artists like Peach Momoko, Lucio Parrillo, Jae Lee, and more, there's something for every collector!
Dynamite has the collector's spirit baked into its DNA as a publisher, and with this unprecedented period of no conventions, we strive to continue to connect with the fans!
For the fans who jump on the campaign quickly, Dynamite is offering several limited quantity early bird deals for the first 48 hours like surprise 1-in-10 incentive covers or premium virgin variants for up to 60% off!
CGC graded copies of the hottest covers guaranteed at 9.8 are available too! As well as several neat rare comics like the risque black bag Bettie Page or the blood red ink edition of Joseph Michael Linsner's Dejah Thoris.
Don't Miss These Deals on Dynamite's Greatest!