If the vampire craze is hitting the funnybooks, then it follows that comic’s true black queen of the undead, Vampirella, should return. Back in March, we let you know that Dynamite had acquired the rights to Harris Comics’ signature character. I’m sure they’re planning to start putting out new stories featuring Vampi soon, but what about the character’s extensive catalog? (Blood) simple; that material's getting some sharp hardcovers for Halloween.
I’ve always been startled by the sheer number of big names who’ve worked on Vampirella at one point or another. Alan Moore, Frank Frazetta, Jae Lee, Neal Adams, Richard Corben and Barry Windsor-Smith are only just a few of the talents. Dynamite just might be reprinting all of their work, actually. They're putting out the VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVE, which is starting the ambitious venture of collecting every issue of VAMPIRELLA MAGAZINE from the very beginning. However, the names that might be the most relevant to you Comic Vine maniacs are those two mad Scotsmen, Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, who collaborated often in the 90s (on the likes of Aztek and the Flash.) They’re getting top billing for the first volume of Dynamite VAMPIRELLA MASTERS SERIES, which also features work from Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, and subsequent volumes are going to spotlight the work of Warren Ellis and Comic Vine’s pal, James Robinson.
Do you see what I’m saying now about the number of big names who’ve worked on VAMPIRELLA?
Vampirella's been variously depicted as an alien from the planet Draculon, where blood flows in rivers, and a brainwashed daughter of Lilith, so she's not your typical vampire by any means. I suppose there is question of whether the eventual new VAMPIRELLA stories are going to revamp the character to be more in line with the likes of TWILIGHT, TRUE BLOOD, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, et cetera, or if this bad girl icon will take an old-school stance against their breed of bloodsucker.