Dynamite Pubwatch: November 2019

Dynamite Pubwatch Banner - Red Sonja by Jenny Frison (Dynamite Entertainment)

Welcome to the Dynamite Comics Pubwatch for the month of November! I’m Lisa, Dynamite is my explosive beat, and here’s this month’s news!

Dynamite Celebrates Its Fifteenth Anniversary with Brand New Humble Bundle

In celebration of Dynamite reaching fifteen years in the comics publishing game, Dynamite has issued a fifteenth anniversary Humble Bundle, with a portion of all proceeds to be donated to The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

The bundle will include a wide range of comics published by the outfit over the last fifteen years. Included in the bundle is the very first comic Dynamite ever published: Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes #1 with writing by Andy Hartnell and art by Nick Bradshaw, some early Red Sonja Dynamite issues, Project Superpowers, The Chaos! crossover event, and Gail Simone’s Swords of Sorrow. The Boys, the new Vampirella run, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt by Kieron Gillen also appear.

The bundle will also include a brand-new Army of Darkness story, “Ash the Author,” written by Hartnell and illustrated by Edu Menna and Jordan Michael Johnson.

The story, according to Dynamite, tells of “When Ash Williams makes his way to a book signing to promote his new autobiography, a fan shows up with a different book for him to sign… the kind that is constantly out to get Ash and turn him into a deadite! Ash’s plan to promote literacy becomes a life or death romp through (and under) New York you won’t want to miss!”

The bundle is currently on sale with no designated pull date.

Vengeance of Vampirella Sells 63,000 Copies in Pre-Orders

Ben Oliver cover for Vengeance of Vampirella #1, C October 2019 Dynamite Comics - A bust of Vampirella holding her hands to her collar
In the wake of its 150k-selling Vampirella #1 run this past summer, Dynamite proudly announced that Vengeance of Vampirella #1 has sold an excess of 63,000 copies when it went to press October 2.

The issue picks up Tom Sniegoski’s series where it was left off when it was cancelled in 1996 and continues in the series’ vein of being a well-written, blood-soaked, nudity-laden celebration of gore.

The book’s second issue streets on November 13.

The Boys Omnibus Sells 150,000 in Pre-Orders; All Four Volumes to Stay in Print

Cover of the special reprint edition of The Boys #1 C Dynamite Comics 2019 - The five main characters stand looking down at the viewer
Dynamite has announced that the first four volumes of its The Boys comic omnibus series has sold a total of 150,00 copies combined since the first volume’s release in March. Dynamite plans to keep reprinting the in-high-demand volumes as they sell out to retailers nationwide.

The sixth and final volume of the collected omnibus goes on sale in January 2020.

Dynamite Plans Holiday Re-Release of Vampirella #2

Cover for Vampirella #2 C Dynamite Comics 2019 - A woman in a dark form-fitting dress raises her arm, dark hair floating in the air
In line with the success of their previous re-release of 1969’s Vampirella #1, Dynamite has announced that they will be re-releasing Vampirella #2 in December.

The comic is notable for containing the first appearance of Vampirella’s cousin, Evily the Witch, and the first appearance of her sister, Draculina.

There will also be a new Vampirella Artgems statue, sculpted in the style of Stanley Lau, as well as collector’s coins. Lucio Parrillo will also have his art for Vampirella #1 (the recent reboot version) reproduced as a high-quality print.

Parrillo, Lau and Joseph Michael Linsner, Inhyuk Lee, and Derrick Chew will also have their work reproduced in trading card form as part of Vampirella 50th Anniversary Collectors’ 5-Card Set.

Vampierella Planned to Run to Issue #14

In a press release promoting the cover art for Vampirella #6, Christopher Priest revealed that his Vampirella arc is currently planned out to issue #14, with ideas to spare for continuance of the narrative arc.

Priest’s Vampirella run has been a huge seller for Dynamite, landing them near the top of bestseller lists regularly.

The fifth issue of the series will be out November 6.

A Song of Ice and Fire Returns to Dynamite with an Adaption of Clash of Kings

Cover for ASOIAF: Clash of Kings - A figure in a cloak holds up a knife in a dark forest
Dynamite’s ongoing graphic novel adaption of A Song of Ice and Fire returns to publication with a new adaption of Clash of Kings.

Adapted by Landy Q. Walker, the adaptation’s art is handled by Mel Rubi, while colors and letters are handled by Ivan Nunes and Tom Napolitano respectively, with Mike S. Miller on covers.

The story picks up halfway through the novel, with the fall of House Baratheon, and will chronicle many of the book’s more famous battles.

The volume will be streeting in January 2020.

Red Sonja and Chaos! Comics Prepare for Crossover Event

Red Sonja: Chaos Cover C2019 Dynamite - A large group of characters wielding various weapons in battle poses
Queen of crossovers Red Sonja strikes again. This time she’s going to meet up with Chaos! Comics’ multiple high-profile characters in a large free-for-all!

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos will feature Chaos! Comics mainstays like Mistress Hel, Lady Demon, Chastity, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, and Jade. The plot: “A cosmic level spat between Mistress Hel and Lady Demon leaves Sonja and characters like Chastity, Evil Ernie, Purgatori, Jade, and more stuck in the middle. Alliances will be made to combat this mayhem and great evil, but Sonja may have to resort to something she never would have guessed—enlisting the help of her sworn enemy, Kulan Gath!”

Written by Erik Burnham and drawn by Jonathan Lau, the comic will sport covers by Lucio Parrillo, Alan Quah, Ale Garza, and Cian Tormey, plus a cosplay by Shannon Kingston.

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos will street in January 2020.

Big Blast of the Month

Vengeance of Vampirella #1

Frank Cho (cover), Joshua Middleton (cover), Ben Oliver (cover), Lucio Parrillo (cover), Michael Sta. Maria (art), Tom Sniegoski (writer)
October 9th, 2019

Vampirella looking vicious with blood smeared on her fingers and lips
Our rave review of this one doesn’t lie: Vampi is back, and the action is bloody and gorgeous in every single respect. It’s not simply that the book manages to successfully balance gore and nudity, it’s that it has a meaty, smart storyline that makes Vampirella feel like a rounded out character—something the comic hasn’t really achieved in a while.

In my opinion, it works a lot better than the current Priest-written run, and packs a lot more blood and guts by the ounce as well. If you missed the first run, this is a pretty good place to begin.

Bangs and Fizzles

Savage Tales: A Red Sonja Halloween Special One-Shot

Erica D’urso (cover), Jacob Edgar (art), Mark Russell (writer)
October 16, 2019

Erica D’Urso cover of Red Sonja: Savage Tales C 2019 Dynamite Comics - Sonja fights to the top of a pile of undead creatures
Want some belated, spooky thrills on your plate? Red Sonja gives us so much more than that with Savage Tales, which takes us back to her old-school warrior roots and gives us a lot of fun, butt-kicking adventures to boot.

Vampirella and Red Sonja #2

Jordie Bellaire (writer and cover), Tula Lotay (cover), David Mack (cover), Drew Moss (art), Leonardo Romero (cover), Babs Tarr (cover)
October 2, 2019

Cover of Red Sonja and Vampirella #2 C 2019 Dynamite Comics - Red Sonja cuts through a wall of Vampirella comics covers
This series has been such a mixed bag of good and bad things for me. For all the wonderful, funny bits that we’ve gotten, and an interesting mystery involving Russian counterintelligence, there’s just something that’s frustratingly missing from this series. I’m going to recheck it in a few months, but otherwise I’m done.

Wolfcop Trade Paperback

Arcana Studios (art), Max Marks (writer)

Wolf Cop TPG Cover C 2019 Dynamite Comics - An 80s-style movie poster featuring a werewolf pointing a gun at the viewer
If you like super cheesy, super ridiculous B-movies, this story of a hard-drinking cop transformed into a night-roaming werewolf trying to battle for justice wherever he lands will be up your alley!

Future Fire

KISS: Zombies

Rodney Buchemi (cover and art), Ethan Sacks (writer), Stuart Sayger (cover) ,
November 6, 2019

Arthur Suydam cover for Kiss Zombies. C Dynamite Comics 2019 - The members of KISS jumping in mid-air
KISS meets the undead as its high-quality ongoing series, which should continue its history of excellence.

The Six Million Dollar Man TP

David Hahn (art), Christopher Hastings (writer), Michael Walsh (cover)
November, 2019

Cover for The Six Million Dollar Man TP - David Hahn (art), Christopher Hastings (writer), Michael Walsh (cover), November, 2019 - A man in a yellow jacket standing with katanas piercing various parts of his body
A truly surprising gem of this year’s Dynamite releases was this series, which combines a wonderful sense of humor with some fun art.

Vengeance of Vampirella #2

Buzz (cover), Ben Oliver (cover), Lucio Parrillo (cover), Tom Sniegoski (writer), Michael Sta. Maria (art)
November 13th, 2019

Cover for Vengeance of Vampirella #2 - Buzz (cover), Ben Oliver (cover), Lucio Parrillo (cover), Tom Sniegoski (writer), Michael Sta. Maria (art), November 13th, 2019 - Vampirella points bloodstained fingers towards the viewer
More book, more chaos, and more fun!

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