NYCC 2013: Bill Willingham Presents Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure
Dynamite has announced Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure, a seven-issue monthly crossover event featuring classic characters of comics and film as reimagined by bestselling writer Bill Willingham. Featuring interior artwork by Sergio Fernandez Davila, Legenderry launches in January featuring covers by celebrated steampunk artist Joe Benitez.
Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure is, as Bill Willingham describes it, “a world in which the great heroes of our stories live in the flesh.” The story begins in a massive Victorian-style metropolis, a city protected by Vampirella, the Green Hornet, and Kato. After a scarlet-clad woman of mystery rushes into a bar pursued by assassins, the resulting chaos spreads to other reimagined landscapes ripped from classic comic books, literature, and television, including the wild jungles of The Phantom, Flash Gordon’s futuristic haven of Landing, aerial combat alongside Captain Victory, and more. The action eventually leads to the Monstrous Lands, an unruly territory both lawless and sinister.
An event series four years in the making, Legenderry proves the old adage that “good things come to those who wait.” Willingham mined the rich Dynamite Universe for the perfect characters to populate the vast, reimagined landscape of Legenderry. In recent months, Willingham has personally overseen the visual development of the series, courtesy of designs by artist Johnny D., whose artwork has graced numerous Dynamite covers and most recently, the complete Vampirella Strikes comic book series. “It was an honor to take some truly timeless characters and make them fit into the steampunk world,” says Johnny D. “They all have a great unique base to go off, so it has been a lot of fun working on the designs. I’ve worked with many of these characters before and look forward to the series.”
The cast of Legenderry characters changes each issue, as Willingham and Davila steer the action from one dazzling location to the next. Featured characters include Steve Austin of The Six Million Dollar Man, the classic pulp duo of Green Hornet and Kato, legendary masked adventurer Zorro, the Dynamite mainstay Vampirella, the beloved superheroes Silver Star and Captain Victory created by Jack Kirby, Flash Gordon and The Phantom from King Features Syndicate, and finally, the swords-and-sorcery icon Red Sonja.
Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ November Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release beginning in January 2014. and will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.