Published on March 22nd, 2018 | by Richard Boom0
The Linsners Launch All-New Vampirella Event “Roses for the Dead”
With the 50th anniversary of Vampirella fast approaching next year, Dynamite Entertainment is announcing the first plans leading into their year-long celebration of a comic book icon: the Vampirella: Roses for the Dead miniseries.
Roses for the Dead, by the husband-and-wife team of writer Kristina Deak-Linsner and artist Joseph Michael Linsner (of creator-owned Dawn fame) will be a four-issue series slated for June release, and brings the beloved heroine back to basics, in attitude and with the classic look!
Vampirella: Roses for the Dead #1, by Deak-Linsner and Linsner, reintroduces a cunning and captivating from the past: Evily, a practitioner of magic. First introduced in Vampirella Magazine #2 way back in 1969 and making rare but impactful appearances in the years since, Evily’s reappearance in Roses for the Dead — interrupting Vampirella’s hunt for a sexual predator through a Philadelphia nightclub — is the first in a shocking chain of events destined to blow the minds of longtime fans and curious newcomers alike!
“Vampirella is an iconic classic,” says Kristina Deak-Linsner. “I have loved her since I was five and first saw her on the ‘life-size’ six-foot Warren door-poster. She’s been through a lot since September of 1969, though! Forrest J. Ackerman launched her just fresh off the face of great social changes and massive upheaval within the era. There’s the remnants of the summer of love too, and the explosion of the sexual revolution. So, much due to that climate, she’s definitely a product of her time… and yet she’s still timeless. It’s been an honor to take her on in a feature-length story.”
Joseph Michael Linsner, whose previous work at Dynamite teamed the vampire heroine with his best-known creation in the already classic crossover Dawn / Vampirella, says, “Vampirella is one of the coolest looking comic characters of all time. Designed by Frank Frazetta and Trina Robbins, you just can’t beat her classic look. I’m going to be giving the art my best shot on this series. The last time I got to draw Vampi was in the crossover, which I wrote as well as drew. This time, I am only the artist, so I can focus on that. My fans know me for rendering beautiful ladies, and this series is full of them!”
Dynamite Executive Editor Joseph Rybandt says, “I’m beyond thrilled that Joe and Kristina are collaborating on this special Vampi miniseries. We’ve done a lot of experimenting with Vampirella over the last year or so, and while the tone and subject here get quite heavy, I think long-time fans will appreciate the return to form here.”
Regarding that return to form, Deak-Linsner adds, “Vampi’s proven again and again to be intelligent, witty, emotional, passionate, sarcastic, and primal. I have taken a mix of the classic elements of Vampirella, and put them together with a more recent focus on important events happening within the media right now. It’s something that I have long wanted to explore, and while it might seem like the story is inspired by today’s headlines, the seed ideas were actually in place and written back in September 2017. I also wanted to portray her as sexy but strong, and comfortable within her own sexual identity. To me, a huge part of feminism is owning your own sexuality. Vampirella walks freely within that world. I know a lot of women, men, and transgender people who find the character very sexually empowering.”
“Well, I certainly think the fans will enjoy that she’s back in her classic outfit. I mean hey, it’s just like Superman finally getting his trunks back! Vampi without her classic red one piece is like heavy metal music without guitars! You can’t pull the guitars out of metal in an attempt to get more people to like it. It’s loud, aggressive music, and you can’t do that with a tuba — you need guitars. It is what it is, and the people who really love it embrace it for that reason. That said, she needs a story with some substance and I would like to think that I have seriously attempted to do that. I certainly hope the fans embrace it.”
Vampirella: Roses for the Dead #1 will be available with two variant covers: Cover A by series artist Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Dawn/Vampirella, Killraven, Wolverine & The Black Cat: Claws, Sinful Suzi, Bettie Page, Harley Quinn) and Cover B by industry legend Billy Tucci (Shi, Heroes for Hire, Sgt. Rock, Harley Quinn).
Vampirella is a raven-haired heroine who remains, even after almost five decades of publication, one of the comic industry’s most well-known characters. Since the character’s very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published four volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers (Army of Darkness, DAWN, KISS, Aliens, Hack/Slash
Vampirella: Roses for the Dead #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ June 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers.