Starting in January, Dynamite Entertainment will be launching Vampirella Strikes and doing it in style. Issue #1 will feature five different covers from an impressive collection of artists; Michael Turner, David Finch, Milo Manara, and series artist Johnny Desjardins. In addition to the four covers drawn by each of those artists, there will also be a photo variant cover which features a very shapely model cosplaying as Vampirella. If Dynamite was hoping these five covers would help get the upcoming Vampirella Strikes series some hype, I’d say that wish was granted.
And while the five covers are pretty exciting, the biggest thing that this new Vampirella Strikes series has going for it is that it’s written by Tom Sniegoski. For those that aren’t familiar with that name, allow me to fill you in. Mr. Sniegoski has been writing comics since 1989. Perhaps his biggest claim to fame is that he remains the only writer whom Jeff Smith – the creator of Bone – trusted enough to write his characters. Sniegoski wrote Stupid, Stupid Rate Tales: The Adventures of Big Johnson Bone, which was a prequel to what would become the insanely popular and classic Bone series. Additionally, Tom Sniegoski also has experience working Vampirella, including writing Vengeance of Vampirella #1 – #25.
In an interview give to Comic Book Resources back in October, here’s what Tom Sniegoski had to say about writing Vampirella Strikes…
They say you can’t go home again . . . or write sexy vampiric characters who kick major ass that you started your comics career with-so you can guess my trepidation when asked by Nick Barrucci, President of Dynamite Comics, to write Vampirella again. But, you know what? It wasn’t so hard. I think I might’ve missed her. For my first Vampirella Strikes storyline (On the Side of Angels), I’m taking our heroine to a place she’s never really been before. Sure, Vampirella has done battle with all kinds of monsters, beasts and demons of various shapes and sizes, but I wanted to take her out of her element-I wanted to push her into a world commonly believed to be one of light, and goodness, and show her that there is darkness there as well.
As for what the opening plot line for this new Vampirella series will be, allow me to quote from the official solicitation from Dynamite…
Fearful that her monstrous nature is taking control, Vampirella takes solace in some extreme violence, and conversation, all topped off with a nice glass of Merlot, in a Boston tavern overrun by the demonic in the first part of this six issue story. Living in a world of growing supernatural threats, Vampirella never knows what she will be facing from one moment to the next, but what she finds waiting for her in her Boston Brownstone when she returns from a night of hunting is the most unexpected of all. Angels of Heaven sent by God . . . and they want Vampirella to work for them.
Vampirella Strikes #1 goes on sale from Dynamite Entertainment January 2nd. In the meantime, take a moment to share your thoughts on this new Vampirella series in the comments below.