Published on March 31st, 2021 | by Richard Boom0
Red Sonja And Vampirella Go Back In Time for 1980s and 1990s One-Shots
First up: VAMPIRELLA
Vampirella returns to the (in)famous ’90s in a meta tale from acclaimed writer Max Bemis (Moon Knight, Savage) that delves into the celebrated and critiqued comics of the era as well as fandom itself!
The 1990s were one of the most exciting yet controversial eras in comic books. A time of bravado, excess, pouches, and cyborg assassins. But also heady and at times pretentious fantasy books usually written by Englishmen. As a reader at the time, Max Bemis was drawn to both types of books at the historic Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles. Including his discovery of Vampirella, who somehow straddled the middle with explosive action stories, bad girl covers, and top tier creators like Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, and others
Vampirella 1992 is a one-shot special that interweaves and melds those two styles, through the artistic stylings of Roberto Castro (Turok) and Marcos Ramos. For the covers, Castro is joined by fan-favorite Mike Krome and a cosplay variant.
“Vampirella 1992 explores these two sides of 90’s comic fandom, goofy and extreme versus heady, trippy and dark,” said writer Max Bemis. “It’s just as scary as imagining Alan Moore slow-dancing sexily with Rob Liefeld.”
Readers will get to know a group of women who work weekends portraying “bad girls” at comic conventions, video store events and other geek gatherings. But when terrorists attack one of these conventions, the unexpected heroines must take their cosplay to the next level Die Hard-style to save the day.
The character at the center of the story is one particular model who has been through the ups and downs navigating the comics industry and events. A second viewpoint will focus on her through a trippy lens. The only wrinkle is that she mysteriously looks a whole lot like the actual Vampirella we all know and love…
Whether readers love the 1990s or even hate the era, this will be a can’t-miss exploration of comics, fan culture, and of course Vampirella, like no other!
VAMPIRELLA 1992 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2021 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June 2021. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!
SECOND is RED SONJA
Red Sonja finds herself deep in the culture of the 1980s in a special one-shot this June by acclaimed scribe Amy Chu.
40 years ago, Red Sonja once found herself mysteriously transported to the then-present, tangling with one red and blue wall-crawler and her immortal enemy Kulan Gath. Writer Amy Chu’s beloved ongoing run on Red Sonja kicked off in 2016 with a similar premise, taking the fiery-haired heroine to the constantly-under-construction bustling NYC of today. She also found herself out of time in Amy’s fun-filled crossover with Riverdale’s finest, Betty and Veronica. In this new special story, Sonja finds herself once again in more modern times in the City of Angels. Red Sonja goes to Hollywood!
“1982 was a special year. I mean it was the year of E.T., TRON, Magnum PI, Hill Street Blues. MTV was brand new and exciting. The Commodore 64 and Apple II ruled. There was no internet,” said writer Amy Chu. “If you thought my last run was wild, well… I love the fact that [artist] Eric didn’t blink an eye when I explained what was going on. It does get pretty crazy, but there’s a method behind the madness. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.”
This time she’s up against a mysterious killer android tracking her through time. In the midst of the excesses of Los Angeles of the era, Sonja recruits a rag tag team for her mission. A bouncer, a drag queen, and a disco roller skating martial artist will help her slay her enemies all across the city. Could Kulan Gath be involved again this time?
Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Green Hornet) is joined by up and coming artist Eric Blake and colorist Adriano Augusto. A lead cover by indie sensation Dani depicts Sonja in her slick clubbing getup, backdropped by the iconic neon lights of the era. Jimmy Broxton covers the other side of the story with a retro-futurist vibe of cyberspace. Alyssa Stargoddess is featured on the cosplay variant.
“I’m loving working on this project with Amy, Red Sonja is such a great character,” said artist Eric Blake. “It’s a pleasure to be part of the team and I’d like to thank Dynamite for assembling us for this super fun story that I hope fans will love!”
Return to this cult classic era for an epic struggle between good and evil, mohawks and perms, New Wave and Heavy Metal – in RED SONJA 1982! RED SONJA 1982 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2021 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June 2021. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!