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Preview: Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood #1

Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood #1

Nancy A. Collins (w)
Dave Acosta (a)
Billy Tan (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

A team-up set up by Swords of Sorrow’s GAIL SIMONE, featuring the writer that she hand-picked: Nancy A. Collins! – Vampirella travels to Southern California to hunt down a supernatural serial killer known as the Pacifica Slasher, only to find herself transported to an alternate reality where there’s no such things as vampires, demons, and magic. But, as the most dangerous woman in the world, vigilante Jennifer Blood knows, that doesn’t mean monsters don’t exist. Does the weirdly shaped sword presented to her by the mysterious being called The Courier hold the key to returning Vampirella to her own universe? Or will she be forced to live and die in L.A.?

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Preview: Red Sonja Travels Vol. 2

Red Sonja Travels Vol. 2

Michael Avon Oeming, Christos Gage, Dan Brereton, Nancy A. Collins, Jim Zub, Jen Van Meter, Marc Mason, Scott Beatty (w)
Dan Brereton, Ron Adrian, Adriano Batista, Edgar Salazar, Cris Bolson, Lui Antonio, Noah Salonga, Jonathan Lau, Fritz Casas, Stephen Sadowski, Pablo Marcos, Edu Menna (a)
Joseph Michael Linsner (c)
312 pages • $29.99 • Teen+

Have sword, will travel! Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, journeys throughout the kingdoms and wilds of the Hyborian Age in search of riches and pleasure, food and ale… but more often than not, finds bloody violence and supernatural mayhem instead! From the Asiatic lands of Khitai to the snow-capped mountains where dragons dwell, from cave dwellings of carnivorous ghosts to gladiator arenas of rampaging beasts, the crimson-haired warrior faces every adversary with grim resolve and weapon drawn. The second volume of RED SONJA: TRAVELS collects a dozen heart-pounding adventures from the Dynamite library, including BREAK THE SKIN, DELUGE, RAVEN, SANCTUARY, RED SONJA AND CUB, BERSERKER, and every RED SONJA ANNUAL and GIANT-SIZE edition. Written and illustrated by some of the comic book industry’s greatest talents, including Michael Avon Oeming, Christos Gage, Dan Brereton, Nancy A. Collins, Jim Zub, Jonathan Lau, and many more!

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Preview: Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle #4

Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle #4

Nancy A. Collins, Luke Lieberman (w)
Fritz Casas (a)
Jay Anacleto, Walter Geovani (c)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Sutekh’s evil continues to spread as the Son of Set marches on the mightiest of the Hyborian Kingdoms. Meanwhile, Red Sonja—thanks to divine intervention from her patron goddess, Scáthach—has undergone a sea change that both surprises and alarms her comrades-in-arms.

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Preview: Vampirella Vol. 2 #11

Vampirella Vol. 2 #11

Nancy A. Collins (w)
Patrick Berkenkotter (a)
Mike Mayhew, Jenny Frison (c)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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The identity of the third conspirator behind Dr. Faustus’ insane plot to free The Accursed from their immortality by destroying the world is finally revealed–and proves to have a shocking connection to Vampirella. Also, a figure from Vampirella’s past–a character dating back to her earliest Warren magazine appearances–makes a dramatic return–with a vengeance. Discover the surprising truth about Vampirella’s origin that even she doesn’t know in the final chapter of The Accursed story arc: “The Farmer’s Daughters”.

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Preview: Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle #3

Red Sonja: Vulture’s Circle #3

Nancy A. Collins, Luke Lieberman (w)
Fritz Casas (a)
Jay Anacleto, Walter Geovani, Lucio Parrillo (c)
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Following the aftermath of Sutekh’s siege of her school, Red Sonja travels to the fabled God Caves, where the barrier between the mortal world and those of the gods intersect, in hopes of contacting Scáthach, the ancient battle-goddess of her ancestors. But is she willing to pay the Queen of Swords’ price for her divine help?

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Preview: Vampirella Vol. 1: Our Lady of Shadows TPB

Vampirella Vol. 1: Our Lady of Shadows TPB

Nancy A. Collins (w)
Patrick Berkenkotter, Cristhian Zamora (a)
Terry Dodson (c)
FC • 200+ pages • $24.99 • Teen+

The horror icon Vampirella returns to her roots, courtesy of Bram Stoker Award-winning author Nancy A. Collins (Sunglasses After Dark)! Vampirella is sent by the Vatican to investigate the kidnapping of a little girl by Ethan Shroud and the Chaos Cult, only to become the centerpiece of a ritual invoking Lady Umbra, the sister-bride of Chaos, that leaves her marked as a living sacrifice to the dark goddess who rules the shadows. Hunted by the Mallus Maleficarum, an elite hit-squad of monster-killers also known as “The Witch-Hammer”, she finds her world abruptly turned upside down… and herself unexpectedly allied with the strangest bedfellow imaginable!

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Preview: Vampirella Vol. 2 #10

Vampirella Vol. 2 #10

Nancy A. Collins (w)
Patrick Berkenkotter (a)
Mike Mayhew, Jenny Frison, Stephanie Buscema (c)
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When the murder plague erupts in a major American city, Vampirella, Tristan, and Madame Evily work to contain the epidemic before it can spread to the rest of the country. But as Vampirella closes in on the third and final member of the Accursed conspiracy responsible for creating and spreading the deadly disease, the unexpected return of an important figure from her past leads to a shocking personal revelation.

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Preview: Altered States: Vampirella One-Shot

Altered States: Vampirella One-Shot

Nancy A. Collins (w)
Francesco Manna (a)
Billy Tan (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Welcome to Altered States… Dynamite Entertainment’s parallel reality in the vein of DC’s Elseworlds and Marvel’s What If! Ella Normandy is one of three space explorers sent on an expedition to Venus—But on the way to their destination, the interplanetary ship is sucked into a mysterious space-time portal and ends up crash-landing on the alien planet Drakulon, where the rivers run with blood. There she climbs from the wreckage to find herself the only human on a planet filled with vampires—and no way to get back home!

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Review: Altered States Vampirella #1

AlteredVampi-Cov-A-TanSome might question the logic of this new direction for Dynamite characters which focus on retelling their stories in an alternate reality setting.  It first started with Legenderry in 2013, as a steampunk re-imagining of Dynamite’s most notable characters, and it continued recently with the launch of individual Legenderry titles as well as with the new alternate reality series Altered States.  Designed as a sequence of one-shots, Altered States takes the normal Dynamite characters and puts them in a different setting and with different backgrounds.

In this story, Vampirella is reimagined as a space explorer by the name of Ella.  On a somewhat routine journey to Venus in the not so distance future, her ship along with its crew is thrown into another corner of the universe, where she is left to fend for herself on an alien planet.  The planet is populated with people that look a little like they might belong on Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Barsoom, but so too is it populated with another group of people, somewhat vampiric in appearance that Ella must help to battle.  In the progress of the story there are enough ties to her own story to make fans realize that it is in fact Vampirella, but also enough of the new twists to impress.

Although the concept risks being too much of a parody of itself, it still works with the fresh approach to the story.  One of the better examples is the use of the name Ella, as she does become Vampirella in a sense, just perhaps not in the way that the readers might have expected.  More so, the success of this series is the injection of new inspirations into an old character.  Those inspirations themselves might be borrowed from other genres as well, but the formula works well here, and despite being a one-shot, this will likely leave fans wanting more.

Story: Nancy A. Collins  Art: Francesco Manna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

The Women Take Over for Swords of Sorrow

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the May 2015 launch of Swords of Sorrow, the genre-spanning crossover event featuring an all-star line-up of female authors, headlined by Gail Simone.  Debuting with a core Swords of Sorrow series by Simone, the crossover continues throughout May with tie-in titles including the Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood miniseries written by Nancy A. Collins; the Swords of Sorrow: Chaos special by Mairghread Scott; and the Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade / Kato special by G. Willow Wilson and Erica Schultz. Subsequent months will debut related projects by additional female authors, including Leah Moore, Marguerite Bennett, Emma Beeby, and Mikki Kendall. The crossover event brings together Dynamite’s wide roster of female characters, including the iconic Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris (of the popular Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Warlord of Mars franchise), and Vampirella.

Simone’s core Swords of Sorrow story serves as the starting point for a new universe of pulp adventure. Illustrated by Sergio Davila, the series features the supernatural heroine Vampirella, Martian princess Dejah Thoris, crimson-tressed swordswoman Red Sonja, martial artist Kato (from filmmaker Kevin Smith’s reboot of The Green Hornet), primal warrior Jungle Girl, and many more. Drawn from a dozen worlds and eras to face off against a legendary evil that threatens their homelands, Dynamite’s fiercest females must overcome their differences to harness the power of mystical blades — the eponymous Swords of Sorrow — in final conflict.

Swords of Sorrow #1 features a variety of cover editions, including a Main cover by industry superstar J. Scott Campbell; variants by Jenny Frison, Emanuela Lupacchino; a subscription edition by Robert Hack available to fans placing preorders with their local retailers; and incentive editions by Joyce Chin, Tula Lotay, Nei Ruffino, Cedric Poulat.  Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood #1 and the Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade / Kato special both feature covers by Billy Tan, while the Swords of Sorrow: Chaos special spotlights Joyce Chin.

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