"These were the original female ass-kickers that inspired Xena, Buffy, and Leia Organa."
Fresh from teaming up and saving reality as we know it in the recent Swords of Sorrow comic book event, some of the most iconic pulp heroines in comics are getting a makeover, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment, writer Gail Simone and artist Nicola Scott.
Dynamite, which holds the comic book rights for Red Sonja, Edgar Rice Burroughs's John Carter of Mars and Warren Publishing's Vampirella, has announced that it will be launching new series for Vampirella, Red Sonja and Dejah Thoris in 2016 intended to redefine each character for modern audiences.
"We're doing a monster makeover with these characters, and it's a joy to be part of this," Simone said in a statement accompanying the announcement. The writer, known for her work with DC Entertainment's Batgirl and Secret Six, worked with each of the characters as head writer of the Swords of Sorrow crossover storyline prior to creating a "road map" for the three new series beginning at the start of next year.
"Our mission here is to spruce up their look and remind people that these were the original female ass-kickers that inspired Xena, Buffy, and Leia Organa," Simone continued. "They are the map others followed, and we get to bring them each a hot, new look from brilliant artist/designer Nicola Scott, as well as thrilling new mission statements for each of them."
The three new series, including creative teams and launch dates, will be:
Red Sonja by Marguerite Bennett and Aneke, in which the warrior returns to her homeland of Hyrkania to find her people enslaved in what Dynamite describes as "the service of a Nazi-like regime." (Jan. 2016)
Dejah Thoris, by Frank J. Barbiere and artist TBA, will follow the Princess of Mars as she leaves her throne and places herself in self-imposed exile as a soldier on the edges of Barsoomian civilization. (Feb. 2016)
Vampirella, by Kate Leth and artist TBA, which returns the character to her horror roots as she heads to Los Angeles and becomes a celebrity — just in time to uncover the connection between the movie industry and an underworld filled with inhuman monsters. Yes, the potential snark writes itself. (Mar. 2016.)
"You don't need to know their history," Simone said of the appeal of the relaunched versions of each character. "You just need to like awesome damn women doing awesome damn stuff."