Dynamite Studios announced on Thursday that its two famous heroines Vampirella and Red Sonja are teaming up for the first time ever in an ongoing series. Renowned writer and colorist Jordie Bellaire takes up writing duties for the series with help from Drew Moss (Star Wars) on art. For Bellaire, it’s the perfect next move for her resume that already includes a beloved start on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her creator owned horror series Redlands. For the time being, she’s a two time Eisner award winner.
She said in a press release “Vampirella and Red Sonja are like the buddy cop team we never realized we wanted or could have. We’re hoping to stick the landing on something funny, upbeat and mysterious. Vampirella and Red Sonja will begin as strangers but soon become fast friends that look to support and encourage the other, all while being comical and maybe slightly murderous. This book has been a pleasure to write and I’m delighted with the team – everyone is bringing something awesome to the story! I’m so happy to be here with them.”
Bellaire finds the characters in years in the past.
“The story starts in 1969, the genesis of Vampirella – timed perfectly with her 50th Anniversary now being celebrated in 2019. Vampi’s new to Earth and still adapting to our world. She finds herself attracted to the supernatural and paranormal mysteries of the world. When suddenly she runs across a young Red Sonja, plucked out of time and clueless. The two women set forth on an adventure, collaborating as both detectives and warriors to find out what has happened… only for more space-time shenanigans to befall them! Do not expect any cliché misunderstanding fights, these two Women of Dynamite are working together, no holds barred.”
The series is colored by Rebecca Nalty (Xena Warrior Princess, GLOW) and lettered by Becca Carey (Planet of the Apes). Meanwhile, a range of amazing cover artists contribute to the gallery below – along with a small preview! Check out the first issue’s variants by Terry and Rachel Dodson (Wonder Woman, Mr. and Mrs. X), Julian Totino Tedesco (Daredevil, Captain Marvel), Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush) and Bellaire herself with Leonardo Romero’s (Captain America, Shuri).
Vampirella/Red Sonja arrives this September.