September 22, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Could Vampirella Be a Superhero? Writer Dan Abnett kicks off an epic crossover with Project Superpowers to answer that question this December in VAMPIRELLA: THE DARK POWERS.
The Project, an interdimensional collective of superheroes, has found their newest potential recruit, and she's... Vampirella?! Faced with a whole new set of rules, will the Daughter of Drakulon be able to fit in with this crew of strait-laced and square-jawed men and women in spandex? In a tale with her biggest stakes yet, thousands of planets, billions of lives, and reality itself could be in Vampi's hands!
Dan Abnett brings a long legacy of "event" comics, interweaving titles, and team books to the table, with credits ranging from Guardians of the Galaxy/Nova/War of Kings/Thanos Imperative, Legion Lost/Legion Worlds/The Legion, Aquaman/Mera and much more. Fan-favorite works that have not only pushed the formal boundaries in comics, but also served as foundations for billion-dollar films. Artist Paul Davidson (Moon Knight, X-Factor) gets to draw the uneasy first steps of Vampi trying out the regimented capital S superhero lifestyle. He's joined by colorist Andrew Dalhouse and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
Dan Abnett shared, "This one will be an absolute blast. This is high-concept, pan-cosmic superheroes with a quite savage and dangerous character tied up in the heart of it. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be different, it’s going to be a head-on genre clash... and it’s going to turn into an epic story!"
"I've been a Frank Frazetta fan since I was a boy," said artist Paul Davidson. "His 1969 painting of Vampirella blew my mind when I first saw it in the '80s and drawing Vampirella has always been on my bucket list. It's a thrill to be drawing comic book royalty."
For a series so titanic in scope, editor Nate Cosby called in all the big guns for a crop of stunning covers on this first issue. Fans get not one, but TWO covers by jazzy Jae Lee! Superstar sensation Peach Momoko depicts Vampi hanging with new teammate Miss Masque - who may not be so enthused by the new recruit. Joseph Michael Linsner depicts her amongst her new cosmic stomping grounds. Superpowers fans are going to love the covers by Junggeun Yoon and Kano, bringing classic group shots to the table. With crossovers on the mind, Will Robson homages the hall of fame cover to Amazing Spider-Man #1. A cosplay cover featuring Marissa Ramirez and one by interior artist Davidson round out the bunch.
What other Dynamite heroine could try out for The Project? And where could this crossover lead next? Tune in next month, same Dynamite time, same Dynamite place!
VAMPIRELLA: THE DARK POWERS #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2020 Previews catalog, and slated for release in December 2020. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Mark Russell, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.