Welcome to the Dynamite Comics Pubwatch for the month of August! I’m Lisa, Dynamite is my explosive beat, and here’s this month’s news!
Dynamite Says ‘Do It Yourself’ With Release of Blank Vampirella #1 Variant
There’s nothing new about blank cover variants for comic book releases, but how about a completely blank comic where you can fill out the art? Yep, Dynamite’s saying ‘do it ALL yourself’ with a special edition Blank Vampirella #1 comic, available in September.
For the more artistically inclined in Dynamite’s fanbase who don’t want to draw and write a whole issue by themselves but want to see their work in one of their comics, Dynamite held a contest from July 2nd to July 12th on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Contestants were to tag their work with #VampiFanArt, and the piece with the highest number of likes would be reproduced in Vampirella #2, to be released this month.
Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica Extended by Six Issues
Good news for folks who’ve been enjoying the bloody, delightfully meta-tastic series; on the wings of astoundingly good issue number one sales the series has been extended. Instead of six issues, Dynamite has announced that it will officially run for twelve, running through February 2020 solicits.
The creative team is scheduled to remain the same, with Amy Chu writing, Maria Sanapo on art, Vinicius Andrade on colors and Taylor Esposito on letters.
Repairman Jack Graphic Novel coming to Dynamite
F. Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack character has found a new home at Dynamite. Having spawned 20 novels since 1984, this will be the first graphic novel treatment in the franchise’s history.
To quote the press release, Jack “makes his living fixing problems for people in his future society, often dealing with issues contemporary to our times as well. Through these missions, Jack encounters both the mundane and otherworldly supernatural forces out of his control.”
The graphic novel will be coming out sometime in 2020.
Say Anything Lead Singer Brings Black Terror to Dynamite
Max Bemis—lead singer for Say Anything and previous writer for Moon Knight and Polarity—will be contributing a new title to Dynamite this autumn.
Black Terror, a reboot of the 1941-era property, will, according to the press release, be about “Bob Benton aka the Black Terror, (who is) living in the 1970s and contending with his post-war mental health as well as the rapidly evolving social landscape around him.” Instead of being a linear telling of his life, each issue will be a standalone story that also works as a continuing, chaptered event.
Matt Gaudio and Ruairí Coleman will pencil the series, with colors handled by Brittany Pezzillo and letters by Taylor Esposito, with covers from Francesco Francavilla, Jorge Fornés, David Nakayama, Erica Henderson and Adam Gorham.
The series will be out for solicitations in September for an October release.
Vengeance of Vampirella Returns with Original Writer Tom Sniegoski at the Helm
’90s era Vampi fans are in for a treat: Vengeance of Vampirella, known for its high gore level and body count, will be making a return, picking up where the series left off when it was cancelled in 1996.
Rejoining is Tom Sniegoski, who was the headwriter when the book stopped. Michael Sta. Maria will be handling the art. Cover artists will include Joshua Middleton, Buzz, Frank Cho, Ben Oliver, Lucio Parrillo, and a cosplay cover of Joanie Brosas.
For those who haven’t read the series, it (SPOILERS!) ends with Vampi being very, very dead. It picks up years later, with humanity in hovels and Vampirella’s sacrifice become legendary among them as Nyx and her Chaos Lords rule the earth. Someone tries to resurrect Vampirella, but plans go awry.
Dynamite will also reprint the original first issue of Vengeance of Vampirella complete with its legendary red foil wraparound cover by Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti.
The series will street in October.
James Bond License Rebooting with Vita Ayla, Danny Lore at the Helm; Graphic Novel of Live and Let Die Coming in September
Dynamite has announced that its James Bond series will reboot with James Bond #1 in December. The series will be written by Vita Ayala and Danny Lore, with art by Jim Cheung.
Dynamite will also retell the 70’s era James Bond movie Live and Let Die in graphic novel format in September.
Van Jensen will be handling writing duties, with art by Kewber Baal and colors by Schimerys Baal. Fay Dalton will produce the cover art.
Big Blasts of the Month
Vita Ayala (Writer), Paulina Ganucheau, David Mack, Rachel Stott (Covers), Ariana Maher (lettering), Rebecca Nalty (colors), Erica D’urso (Art)
There’s something powerfully magical about how good Vita Ayala’s Xena run has been. The fourth issue continues the tradition, and as I said in my upcoming longer format review, you won’t find better entertainment value.
Dropped in Russia, Xena, Gabrielle and Discord find shelter with a kindly elder goddess, who nurses Gabrielle through her flu. In return, Xena and Discord try to help the goddess return to a position of esteem in her area after years of malignant behavior from the locals have eroded respect for her legend.
The series is still gorgeous, still kicks butt, remains funny and isn’t afraid to make you cry. It’s beyond worthwhile.
Bangs and Fizzles
The Six Million Dollar Man #5 (of 5)
Vasil Georgiev, David Hahn,Michael Walsh (Covers), David Hahn (Art), Christopher Hastings (Writer)
This series has been one heck of a campy, surprising delight. Action packed like the TV show, sure, but filled with lots of humor and not afraid to address the weirdness of cyborg life.
As this run comes to its conclusion, Steve is in shambles—literally, his limbs detached. He’s amazingly cheerful about it, unlike his partner on the case, Agent Niko Abe, who has to help literally piece him back together to complete their mission.
Cute art and lovely color work round out a truly fun title.
Red Sonja: Lord of Fools
Bob Q, Katie O’Meara (art), Mark Russell (writer), Christian Ward (Cover),
Another surprisingly snarky (and emotional. And buttkicking) oneshot that leads into the upcoming Red Sonja main line reboot, this is an exploration of Prince Cyrill, who, left in charge of the kingdom of Zamoran, is subject the soothsaying of the blind priest whose prophecy sent his own father off on an exploration mission from which he never returned.
An excellent mixture of action, fantasy and drama, the story intrigues in a wonderful way.
Vita Ayala (Writer), Vasco Georgiev (Art), Paulina Ganucheau, David Mack, Rachel Stott (covers)
Gabrielle, Xena and Discord are off to Romania in what promises to be a darker, perhaps Dracula-based parody. I’ll stop plugging it when it stops being good!
Barbarella/Dejah Thoris (TPG)
Laura Braga (Cover), German Garcia (Art), Leah Williams (Writer)
In which Barbarella and Dejah Thoris become a hot item while trying to save the universe! Beautifully drawn, intelligent and action-packed, this is a fun crossover between two rare properties that’s worth looking up.
Bettie Page: The Princess And The Pin-Up (TPG)
David Avallone (Writer), Scott Chantler (Cover), Julius Ohta, Jordan Michael Johnson
Bettie’s called in to rescue the newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth…might aliens be involved as well? It all sounds terribly charming.