First introduced in the mythos-shattering Vampirella #0 on Free Comic Book Day 2019, fans were introduced to Victoria Harris by Christopher Priest and Ergün Gündüz. The gorgeous African American woman came into Vampirella's life and alongside other newcomers, set her on quite the roller coaster ride. The two were briefly lovers, and Victoria found herself enamored by Vampi's remarkable abilities - and even her iconic costume. Along the way she's since been bestowed with a cursed, demonic ring and turned against her friend by Lilith, the mother of Drakulon.
This summer Eisner-winning writer David F. Walker, of such critically acclaimed hit series as Bitter Root, Naomi, Planet of the Apes, Shaft, and more, is joined by artist Brett Weldele (The Surrogates, The Beauty) are leveling up Victory from a pawn in the grand game, to a major player. With a stunning white variation on the classic Vampirella costume, and her newly granted powers, how will she leave her own mark on the world, good or bad? Fans will also get to see which old foe (or friend..?) is about to show up to cheer her on.
"Victory is an interesting supporting character, but the thing to keep in mind is that she’s been a supporting character, and for me those characters are always more fun to write," said writer David F. Walker. "When you take a successful supporting character and elevate them to leading character status, it is important to remember that what you’re doing is adding to someone that already exists – it’s like adding spices, or even ingredients, to a meal that’s already been cooked. The key is to enhance what is already there, and in my mind the best way to do that is to explore previously unknown aspects of who they are, and then take them to places that challenge what they think of themselves."
Now with each page dedicated to the character's individual story, readers will get a much deeper look at Victory in and out of the costume. The series will dive into nuggets of both her past and present, including her largely unrevealed traumatic childhood. Artist Brett Weldele is a perfect fit in expanding this lore, with his unique painted style and experience.
Weldele added, "It’s natural to want to make the definitive version of a character, especially one who has a lot of story left to be told. As a painter, I gravitate towards other painters - Frazetta, Sanjulian. I admire the linework and atmosphere of Jose Gonzalez. Big shoes for sure, but I think with my two decades in this industry I’m bringing something unique to the table. I want to explore that sense of atmosphere, but with a modern flair. It’s also fun to world-build around Victory and what her solo adventures entail. We’re imbuing Victory with the flavor of exploitation films that David and I love. It’s the secret sauce and a common theme in our collaborations."
A talented crew of contributors round out the covers available on the first issue and series. Dave Johnson, Bryan Hitch, Ariel Diaz, Carla Cohen, and Geebo Vigonte all do covers. Cosplayer Alicia Marie also portrays Victory for the character's first dedicated cosplay cover, with fan-favorite Rachel Hollon guest starring too for double the fun!
VICTORY #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2023 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June 2023. 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!
This May, Dynamite is proud to roll out a new chapter in the Powers Saga by superstar writer Dan Abnett, as he brings Vampirella to the forefront once more for a thrilling new title that fully questions whether the Daughter of Drakulon can fill a traditional superhero role, in Vampirella vs. The Superpowers!
It's full-throttle throwback action, as fan-favorite artist Pasquale Qualano (DC vs. Vampires) joins Abnett for an adventure that finds Vampirella and her new trusty sidekick Dyna Might investigating a mysterious world. This planet appears strangely similar to our own Earth of the 1940s. That includes the crime, corruption, but also in the Superpowers mythos, a legion of Golden Age superheroes. They won't be taking too kindly to meddling from an interdimensional vampire alien either!
“Vampirella’s last two outings as a superhero were very much at the supernatural and cosmic end of the scale,” said writer Dan Abnett. "So for this story, I wanted to capture more of the street-level action of classic urban vigilante heroes, and throw in a retro dash of glamour, style, intrigue and noir. This is a hard-boiled world of crime, hoodlums, mystery identities and dirty secrets. The elevator pitch this time around might be ‘L.A. Confidential with superpowers’. It’s an era that perfectly suits Vampirella as the femme fatale, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Following the smash hit success of Dan Abnett's trilogy of connective comic series in Vampirella: The Dark Powers, Red Sonja: The Superpowers, and then the epic Vampirella vs. Red Sonja, the threads of those ideas continue here. Abnett is one of the most acclaimed and prolific writers in fiction today, with diverse work across huge franchises like Warhammer 40K, Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman, Titans, and much more. Many of today's interconnected stories, especially in comics, are influenced in part by his innovative approach to Marvel's "cosmic" characters over several years. Dynamite is continuing that tradition of interlocking stories that can be read perfectly satisfyingly on their own, but have added rewards for those who have followed along. Abnett's previous Powers titles are also available now in collected graphic novels for those who do opt to catch up.
Being a superhero is bloodthirsty work, and this will be one of Vampirella's biggest battles in her fifty-plus years. Can she survive the hard-boiled menace posed by both villains and heroes alike? Can she keep her precocious sidekick alive to tell the tale? And at the heart of it all, will she be able to solve the mystery and save a world in danger?
The series is fronted by a jaw-dropping gorgeous cover featuring Vampirella by the sensational Sozomaika. Other artists contributing covers for the series include Lesley "Leirix" Li, Junggeun Yoon, Joseph Michael Linsner, and Rebeca Puebla.
VAMPIRELLA VS THE SUPERPOWERS #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ March 2023 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May 2023. 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!
Mark the date on your calendars! Dynamite Entertainment has a bright eyed baby vampire to bring into the world this December. VAMPIRELLA: YEAR ONE #6 is set to feature the first ever appearance of Vampirella's very own baby!
Vampirella made her debut appearance over 50 years ago, back in 1969's Vampirella #1. Both her devilish, blonde-haired sister Draculina and her sometimes cousin/sometimes ally Evily the Witch followed the next issue. The Vampi mythos has grown over the years with more character introductions like her mother Lilith, allies Pendragon, Conrad and Adam Van Helsing, Pantha, and many more. Legendary writer Christopher Priest has even introduced a handful of new characters in his continuing acclaimed tenure on the franchise that started by celebrating that 50th anniversary. Now in the finale of his latest chapter, one of the most exciting additions to the cast will make their debut! But is the child a blessing, or curse?
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage. But in Vampirella's world, life doesn't always go according to the fairy tales. Her complicated marriage with Matt Ecsed was motivated in part by a goal of preventing a curse that would resurrect and empower the devious Dracula, king of the vampires. In the epic finale of Vampirella / Dracula: Unholy, the Daughter of Drakulon became a widow, and now carries her late husband's child. Then in the hotly anticipated Year One, Priest and artist Ergün Gündüz have been reaching back and expanding on Vampi's earliest days as a rebellious teen on her home planet and what lead her to her adoptive Earth. In moments between these flashbacks, the saga continues with her pregnancy.
Dynamite invites fans to be a part of history and add this major turning point in the tapestry to their collections as Year One concludes with a big bang, before Priest then moves on to the next set of twists and turns in his nearly 50 issue run. But the ultimate question is, just like their departed father before them - is this baby a blessing or a curse for our dear Vampirella?
The image in this release is from Vampirella: Year One #1. Fans will have to stay tuned and pick up the finale for the official unveiling of Vampi's baby.
VAMPIRELLA: YEAR ONE #6 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2022 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December 2022. 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!
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