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12/06/15 @ 8:14 pm EST
Source: Bleeding Cool | Categories: Dynamite


Corinna Bechko, writer of Aliens/Vampirella #4, talks with plotter/co-creator Ian Parker about Cage Hero #2, both from Dynamite Entertainment and in stores now. Cover art by Renato Rei.

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CORINNA BECHKO: Most of the new characters we are introduced to in issue #2 are young, just on the cusp of adulthood. Do you feel this is an important aspect of a story about discovering hidden potential inside oneself?

IAN PARKER: I do. The high school age can be extremely tricky. Emotional and physical changes take place, and there are tons of distractions that can take you away from your goals and achieving one’s true potential.

CB: As a follow-on to the last question, is the age of the “new recruits” also important to their status as fighters? I know that many athletes are at their peak very early in life, but it seems that in a fight the older, more heavily muscled and experienced combatant might have the edge. For those of us who don’t know much about cage matches, does this ring true?

IP: The age of the new recruits is extremely important to their status as fighters. As accomplished as these young fighters are, they are simply that: young. What this truly means is that they have started their training at a young age and have a ton of room to grow. The sky is the limit for these young characters. They have so much to learn, not only in their own discipline but also from each other.A fighter who is older, more heavily muscled and experienced could have an edge. But that is not always the case. For those who are not familiar with the world of Mixed Martial Arts, fighters compete in weight classes. This is to minimize a size advantage and to let the fight be determined by who was more prepared for the fight. Fights also really come down to styles. Certain styles favor over others. For example: A fighter who is heavily muscled can have flaws in his or her game. Let’s just say their weakness is being taken down by wrestlers. No matter how muscular that fighter is, if paired up against a very successful/decorated wrestler, the size no longer matters. It now comes down to how the fighters prepared for one another.

CB: I often get asked about my “influences” on various projects, but I find that to be a hard question to answer in some cases since many of them are often subconscious. So I’m going to ask you an easier one: what inspires you when crafting an idea like this?

IP: I will do my best to give the easiest answer. I have multiple inspirations. 1: To put the sport of Mixed Martial Arts in a good light. 2: To provide my son’s generation with a new group of heroes they can grow up with. 3: When I originally had these characters created, they were made to put on t-shirts and have professional fighters wear the shirts out to the cage when they were fighting on Pay Per View. When I saw these characters come to life, I thought to myself, what if I put all of these characters together and they protected the world. The idea then hit me, and I ran with it.

CB: There seems to be a certain rebelliousness at the heart of several of the characters, and yet the disciplines they are learning require a great deal of respect for authority, or at least for their teachers. Do you see that as a dichotomy to be overcome or as fuel for further drama?

IP: I think a happy medium of both. Like I mentioned earlier, these Cage Heroes are high school kids. As disciplined as they are, as superbly athletic as they are, they are still kids.

CB: Finally, I’m curious if the flashbacks were always part of the concept, or if those grew out of the scripting phase?

IP: The flashbacks were always part of the concept. But they 100 percent grew out more during the scripting phase.

For more on Cage Hero #2, click here.
01/23/20 @ 10:52 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Known to many a fan and collector for his exquisite style, Luis García's work is fully compiled and introduced for fans both new and old in this new deluxe hardcover art book.

Luis García was among the cream of the crop within the "Spanish Invasion" which transformed Warren Publishing's comic magazines in the 1970s. Contracting artists from the Barcelona-based art agency Selecciones Illustrada such as García, Jose Gonzalez, Esteban Maroto, José Ortiz, Auraleon brought an unparalleled new dimension to the painted covers and intricate interiors of Vampirella, Creepy and Eerie.

This new volume written and curated by artist and historian David Roach follows each stage of García's career in a first-of-its-kind comprehensive retrospective. From his early seductive romance strips, to contributions to legendary French publication Pilote, to his pioneering autobiographical and political work in the graphic novel format. In addition to of course his horror stories for Warren and later painting.

Really bringing the package together is the commentary and notes from Luis García himself. Recounting such wide-ranging memories as modeling for romantic fotonovelas, meeting such cultural icons as Salvador Dali and John Lennon, hanging out at Studio 54 and more.

In addition to the historical writing, the 230-page book is loaded with artwork, almost entirely shot from the original pieces. Additionally, there are several complete short stories included, some never before translated and published in English.

“As a lifelong Vampirella fan I first discovered the artwork of Luis Garcia when I was very young, and it has stayed with me ever since,” said editor David Roach. “His entire life been notable for his never ending drive to push himself and evolve as an artist. I believe this book contains some of the very greatest ...

01/23/20 @ 4:57 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

For a set of special variants on releases for April, Dynamite and Adam Gorham are tributing the endlessly influential Todd McFarlane.

Adam Gorham (New Mutants, The Violent) is joined by colorist Michael Garland on six covers using Dynamite characters to homage classics from McFarlane's career. Releases featuring these covers honoring the Toddfather will include Dejah Thoris #5, Red Sonja #15, Vampirella #10, Vampirella/Red Sonja #8, Death to the Army of Darkness #3, and Killing Red Sonja #2. Each issue is respectively paying homage to Amazing Spider-Man #328, Spider-Man #1, 7, 12, 16 and Spawn/Batman. The Spider-Man inspired issues even include neat corner box sketches, something that McFarlane innovated.

For Adam Gorham, it's a somewhat personal project. "Growing up in Canada in the '90s, comics were huge and Todd McFarlane was a Canadian icon of the medium. His work was some of the first comic art I was exposed to. I'm thinking of his Amazing Spider-Man anti-drug special covers. They were practically government issued to Canadian children," said Gorham.

Colorist Garland shared, “Todd McFarlane broke my brain at a very early age. To return to that work - and the work of some legendary colorists like Steve Oliff - and build off of it was a childhood dream come true. I tried to incorporate the spirit of the original color palettes and compositions into my reinterpretation wherever I could."

Each of these variants homaging McFarlane will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' February Previews for April on-sale. Comic fans are encouraged to preorder copies with their Local Comic Shops.

"It was a really fun series of covers ...

12/19/19 @ 4:15 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite announces the first Repairman Jack original graphic novel to be released in March 2020. The graphic novel is the first published within the franchise by a comic book publisher.

Following the San Diego Comic Con 2019 licensing announcement, Repairman Jack: Scar-Lip redux will be released as a 120-page hardcover graphic novel. Fully written by Jack's creator himself, the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson. He's joined by acclaimed artist Antonio Fuso (Wyrd, GI Joe Cobra), colorist Pippa Bowland and letterer Crank!

Got a problem? He can fix it. He thought he’d seen the last of the Rakoshi, but one has survived. A particularly
cunning and deadly Rakosh known to Jack as Scar-Lip. Now, Jack faces the fights of his life as he seeks to end
the creature once and for all, before it ends him!

Wilson said, "Love comics. My earliest reading materials were Vault of Horror and Uncle Scrooge. I became a Ditko fan with This Magazine is Haunted. The visual medium is great for a sock in the gut in the final panel. I’ve always found the comics world easier to deal with than Hollywood."

First appearing in 1984's The Tomb, Wilson's Repairman Jack has today featured in more than 20 novels. Working as a fixer, Jack works independently to solve problems for people in his near-future world. Ranging from issues familiar to us today to supernatural creatures and scenarios. Wilson's library of books has sold over 8 million copies to date.

F. Paul Wilson and his famous hero are a natural fit at Dynamite, through interesting connections. Some of Wilson's earliest writing in the 1970s was a couple comic shorts published by Warren in Vampirella's sister titles. He also enjoys explaining the uniqueness ...

12/19/19 @ 4:13 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite's March 2020 variant covers have been infected with a zombie plague!

Artist Juan Gedeon is contributing 7 special connecting covers across the Dynamite line, depicting everyone's favorite protagonists trying to survive and fight against the apocalyptic virus, or succumbing to it themselves. Fans can collect them all and imagine the untold connecting narrative between them. For even more Dynamite undead action, readers can check out the currently running KISS Zombies, Red Sonja: Age of Chaos and of course the inside of Death to the Army of Darkness - and each Vampirella title for that matter! Dynamite is proud to be the home for kickass horror-action comics.

Gedeon shared, "I always see Vampirella and Red Sonja portrayed as beautiful women, so I wanted to do the exact opposite for this! I'm glad that I got away with all this gore I drew. My biggest inspiration for this was Spawn and the Argentinean comic Cazador drawn by the beast Mauro Cascioli, his art was like Simon Bisley gone Super Saiyan."

Gedeon colors himself on the covers for Death to the Army of Darkness #2 and Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #10. Carlos Cabrera comes in with the grisly palette for Vampirella #9, Vampirella/Red Sonja #7, Red Sonja #14 and Killing Red Sonja #1. Colorist Mike Spicer bats in the last one with Dejah Thoris #4.




All of these Dynamite Zombie Variant Covers will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ January 2019 Previews catalog, ...

12/19/19 @ 4:10 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Meet the boy who will kill Red Sonja, as Dynamite announces a new companion limited series to Mark Russell's epic Red Sonja saga.

In Killing Red Sonja, fans will be taken on an unforgettable trip through the dimly lit corners of the Hyborean Age. Readers who've been keeping up with the series know the first year of the run has concerned Sonja the Red waging war against emperor Dragan The Magnificent. They may even recall in issue #2 when the warlord bid goodbye to his young son Cyril. Now with his family and birthright gutted, he will stop at nothing to exact his revenge on the fire-haired savage queen. Including dabbling in dark magics beyond his comprehension.

Writers Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Year of the Villain) and Bryce Ingman (Edgar Allen Poe’s Snifter Of Terror) are joined by artist Craig Rousseau (Impulse, Batman Beyond) to follow this rage-filled boy's trail of vengeance. Dearbhla Kelly and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou contribute colors and letters respectively, maintaining visual consistency with their work on the flagship series. Each issue will be graced with a striking cover by the one and only Christian Ward (Thor, Black Bolt).

Though able to be read entirely standalone, this series is a vital piece of Russell's overall tapestry. It sets up the adventures and tragedies of characters who will become prominent in the next arc of the main series. Killing Red Sonja is more fantasy-based, with talking boars and gruesome monsters, contrasted with the sword and sandals warfare in its sister title. Ultimately, both serve to explore Mark's thesis that we are the sum of our stories and also changed by them. What happens when the "evil" emperor is felled?

"Killing Red Sonja is a chance to offer readers a different sensibility ...

12/13/19 @ 6:43 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite, the 2019 Ringo Award winner for Favorite Publisher, is proud to announce its newest imprint, Dynamite Books! This exciting new line of prose novels will delve deep into the company’s world-famous collection of characters to produce sensational new stories for readers to enjoy. And what better place to start than with Bram Stoker Award-winning author Nancy A. Collins as she returns to Vampirella as part of the character’s 50th-anniversary celebration.

The Dynamite Books line kicks off with Vampirella: Blood Invasion by Collins, which is available in print, e-book and audiobook right now! The line will also include newly created audiobooks for previously published novels starting with the original Shaft novel by Ernest Tidyman, also available today. January will see the return of the popular SEAL Team Six No More series with subsequent months to feature Purgatori and more Vampirella stories. The eventual goal is to release at least one novel every month, inspired by classic pulp novels.

In Vampirella: Blood Invasion, Vampirella left her planet of Drakulon on a desperate quest to find another source of blood that her people need to survive. After years out of contact, the skies of Earth fill with an armada of ships from her home planet. Thrilled at first to see her people, Vampirella is horrified to learn of General Orlok’s plan for her adopted planet. She must choose between her own kind or to take up arms with her partner Pantha and join a rebel army led by Count Dracula, Evily the Witch and Doctor Frankenstein and his patchwork monstrosities.

Writer Nancy Collins shared, “It’s nice returning to Vampi. The book is my own take on the 1950s invaders from outer space trope. To paraphrase Mark Twain: ‘Those reading this book and expecting hard science ...

12/13/19 @ 6:38 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite announces that the main Artgerm acetate enhanced cover for Vampirella #6 has sold out at the distributor level.


Due to the truncated December cycle surrounding the holidays and printer timing to deliver to retailers on time, Dynamite had to go ahead and lock in a print run on the acetate cover. To balance out for this, it was overprinted by 20% based on initial orders, but unfortunately, that wasn't enough. Orders went up nearly that entire 20% amount at Final Order Cutoff. This cover is currently not available for reorders.

In addition to this, Dynamite is announcing that the top 1,000 retailers by annual orders through Diamond will receive a special limited edition Blue Foil variant of Artgerm's Vampirella #6 cover.


This blue foil follows in the footsteps of a Vampirella tradition established over 25 years ago with the original Vengeance of Vampirella #1. Exactly 10 further blue foil editions followed through the years on landmark issues.

Harris Comics' Editorial Director at the time, Bon Alimagno shared, “Now that I think about it, I do recall Yoshi Aino telling me the very first Blue Edition was one done by accident, and that it was part of a second printing. Something about extras were printed and they didn't have a gold foil at the printing press for it so they used blue foil on a hundred of them. I remember Yoshi telling me he was surprised at the interest in it since it was unintentionally printed. I believe these were the only blue foils unintentionally created.”

Today, to pay back retailers for supporting Vampirella and Dynamite through this monumental year, the tradition continues. Best of luck to all the hardcore collectors out there!

"Vampirella has been ...

11/26/19 @ 4:09 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite announces a new original James Bond graphic novel for release in February, incorporating contributions from a cavalcade of writers and artists to celebrate the timelessness of the character and the countless talented creators who have brought him to comics.

James Bond in "Reflections of Death" is a 128 page hardcover of nonstop thrills and intrigue. Several Dynamite Bond veterans return for this tapestry, including Benjamin Percy (Wolverine, X-Force), Andy Diggle (Daredevil, Green Arrow) and Greg Pak (Star Wars, Agents of Atlas) and the writers of the December-launching new ongoing series, Vita Ayala (Morbius, Xena) & Danny Lore (Queen of Bad Dreams). Stars of both Dynamite and comics at large Gail Simone (Deadpool, Wonder Woman) and Mark Russell (Red Sonja, The Flintstones) join the team as well. Artists enlisted for the mission include Luca Casalanguida (Hammerhead, Kill Chain, The Body), Robert Carey (James Bond 007), Jordi Perez (Xena), Dean Kotz (Warlord of Mars Attacks), Eoin Marron (Killer Groove) and Kewber Baal (KISS). All wrapped up in another beautiful noir and pulp flavored cover by Fay Dalton (Casino Royale, Vampirella).


With a framing story Ayala and Lore, over 20 total creators will collaborate to contribute stories that both stand on their own and tie into an overarching narrative. The central figure through the anthology of case files is Moneypenny. She's been kidnapped. and the mystery of her captors and their demands will only be revealed when, or if, 007 is able to complete his missions. While Moneypenny herself may have some surprises up her sleeve.

"We're incredibly fortunate to work with so many talented creators, and of course they all want to write one of the most crucial characters in modern fiction!," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "Just in time for the new ...

11/26/19 @ 4:07 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Vampirella's anniversary celebration continues with a hotly anticipated deluxe art book honoring her recent history and portrayals.

This breathtaking tome reproduces countless already and soon-to-be classic portrayals of the Daughter of Drakulon on beautiful oversized pages. Picking up right where ART OF VAMPIRELLA: THE DYNAMITE YEARS left off, this brand-new hardcover volume features hundreds of covers, including well over 40 from 2019's smash hit Vampirella #1. Plus covers from the critically acclaimed 2014 run by Nancy Collins, the Linsners' masterpiece Roses for the Dead, and much more from the Vampi archives.

Superstar artists included within these pages include Artgerm, J. Scott Campbell, Lucio Parrillo, Alex Ross, Jenny Frison, Terry Dodson, Joe Jusko, and many, many more.


"It’s always a pleasure to see so many talented artists, such as Fay Dalton, Jenny Frison and Ben Oliver come in with their contributions every month portraying our favorite vampiress," said Cathleen Heard, Dynamite Art Director. "Many of these pieces are so impressive that we know fans will appreciate them compiled and presented in different ways to truly celebrate this anniversary. Our production and design team always strives to put together books that reflect the prestige of our characters and properties."


Vampirella debuted 50 years ago in the first issue of her self-titled magazine. Originally put out through Warren Publishing as a horror, sci-fi and fantasy anthology alongside sister titles Creepy and Eerie. Intended as a campy hostess, the heroine built up by James Warren, Forrest J. Ackerman, Trina Robbins and Frank Frazetta became a quick fan-favorite in her own right. Especially once comics legend Archie Goodwin and a young Spanish artist named Jose "Pepe" Gonzalez got their chance on ...

11/26/19 @ 4:05 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Starting in February, Dynamite is proud to announce the Eisner-nominated Mark Russell is kicking off his second full year on the She-Devil with a Sword in the flagship Red Sonja, joined once more by the masterful Bob Q and the return of Jae Lee to Dynamite!




Following 12 issues and two tie-in one-shots, Red Sonja #13 starts with Sonja the Red in a an unfamiliar position. In the beginning of this epic, she was crowned Queen of Hyrkania, pitting her in battle against Dragan the Magnificent. As the two leaders pushed and pulled on the map, one must come out victorious. This glory is short-lived, as now in a time of relative peace and still on the throne of her conquered kingdom, Sonja must deal with the impossible part... ruling. With no food, infrastructure or plan, she must make some extremely difficult choices, compromises and alliances, lest her reign come to an anticlimactic end.

Mark Rusell details where the saga has been and where it's going, "The first year was about telling the story of Sonja leading her people against the world's most powerful emperor, as adapted into fantasy from the historical story of Queen Tomyris and Cyrus the Great. Being a huge fan of ancient history, it was an amazing opportunity to get to tell a longform and pretty freeform story adapted from the history books, which back then, were almost works of fantasy themselves."

"This next one is going to be different in that it's less about adapting stories from ancient history and more ...

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