As a co-founder of the Frazetta Girls, Sara has carried on her grandfather's legacy with licensing, merchandising, education, and taking on the artistic mantle herself. For this new title she is joined by co-writer and occult detective Bob Freeman and stunning artist Alberto Locatelli.
"It's such an honor for me to carry on the Frazetta legacy with Vampirella," said writer Sara Frazetta. "Now, being able to pick up that torch myself, in a small way of course, is entirely surreal. I’ve loved Vampirella since I was a little girl."
One of Vampirella's age-old nemeses finally gives up the ghost, and that leads her to his rural Gothic estate of Rookhaven to hear out the last will and testament. Along the way, readers will get to meet the manor's eclectic staff, from a mysterious groundskeeper and his even more cryptic young daughter, the sinister and enigmatic Mr. Frey, and more.
This thrilling tale is steeped in Gothic horror and taps into timeless tropes. Fans can expect a tone and style similar to the classic Warren magazine era, when artist Jose Gonzalez made his mark and Frank Frazetta could often be found on the covers. The spooky script and Locatelli's artistic stylings capture the sinister mansion, mist-enshrouded graveyard, witches, ghosts, werewolves, and more sights that fans will love.
As mentioned, Sara Frazetta is not only writing the series, but follows in her family footsteps with a cover herself. She's joined by Lucio Parrillo, Collette Turner, Ergün Gündüz, and interior artist Alberto Locatelli on additional covers. Plus, beloved cosplayer Rachel Hollon and a special "icon" presentation of the original Frazetta painting are available too.
In addition to the new series, Dynamite is releasing an amazing new vision of the very first Vampirella magazine appearance. This time and for the first time, rather than a straight facsimile approach of Frazetta's cover, fan-favorite artist Matt DiMasi has been brought in for one of his "shattered" covers! Inside are the same history-making 64 pages that include Vampirella's genesis as well as contributions by Neal Adams, Reed Crandall, Tom Sutton, Ernie Colon, and more. This unique collage or mosaic styled piece of art in homage to Frank's masterpiece is an incredibly unique presentation of one of the biggest key issues!
Vampirella: Dead Flowers also joins Fire and Ice in Dynamite's releases, another Frank Frazetta originated property, and back catalog cuts like Thun'da.
Dynamite invites fans to discover that home is where the heart is — and maybe the rest of the body as well!
VAMPIRELLA: DEAD FLOWERS #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August 2023 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October 2023. 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!
Apple TV+ has set Wednesday, August 23 for the Season 2 premiere of acclaimed sci-fi series Invasion, from Simon Kinberg and David Weil. The series will debut with the first episode of its 10-episode second season, followed by one new episode weekly, every Wednesday through October 25, on Apple TV+.
Created by Kinberg and Weill and executive produced by Boat Rocker, Invasion is a sweeping, character-driven science fiction drama series that follows an alien invasion through different perspectives around the world.
Season 2 picks up just months later with the aliens escalating their attacks in an all-out war against the humans.
Invasion received an early Season 2 renewal, ahead of its Season 1 finale in 2021.
The series stars Golshifteh Farahani, Shioli Kutsuna, Shamier Anderson, India Brown, Billy Barratt, Azhy Robertson, Paddy Holland and Tara Moayedi. New series regulars joining season two include Enver Gjokaj, Nedra Marie Taylor and Naian González Norvind. (via Deadline)
Vampirella/Dracula: Unholy chronicled the complex and literally cursed relationship between the alien vampiress and her late lover Matt Ecsed, believed to be a carrier of the fabled Dracula virus. It turned out the true Dracula was around all along, but that didn't stop the ill-fated marriage of Vampi and Matt. Readers then followed a pregnant Vampirella through Year One, flashing back to key early memories as Priest delved into her origins like never before. Unfortunately things have taken a dark turn...
A practically faceless thrall of cultists have stolen Vampirella's baby. Absolutely wracked by inconsolable grief and unquenchable rage, Vampirella is tracking each and every one of them down across the world and withholding no mercy as she brutally exacts her maternal revenge. Along the way she's unsettling political and economic alliances, and unraveling the global network of the baby's true father, Dracula himself.
"At the great risk of indulging in a truly time-worn trope, this will be a Vampirella we have never seen before," said writer Christopher Priest. "Created to atone for her mother’s heinous acts, Vampirella’s nature is to destroy evil and protect innocence. This series will find her utterly consumed by grief. Rather than tell the story from her point of view, in Rage, Vampirella is the shark, the terrifying menace hiding in darkness waiting to strike, while, in the unlikeliest turn of all, it is Dracula trying to stop her from becoming so lost in darkness that she ends up as eternally cursed as he is. This will be a very different take on Vampirella’s character and a real challenge for me."
The roles are flipped this time, as the Lord of Vampires now hunts Vampirella in an effort to save her... from herself. She must not become like him, consumed by the rage and darkness. This series presents a macabre twist of conventions, presenting the 50-plus year old beloved vigilante as a vicious villain stalking her prey and completely lifting the restraints of her powers. Dracula is also taking on Victory as a sort of new-age Renfield, once Vampirella's closest friend and now in possession of a ring granting her Vampi-like abilities. This duo will be tracking the blood-soaked trail of the Vampiri before she consumes all in her path, including herself.
Priest, one of the masters of the medium, is approaching this series like no other in his Vampirella tapestry to date. Select issues will be presented as a sort of anthology, turning the spotlight to a new member of the mysterious cult responsible for the disappearance and presumed death of Vampi's child. Readers will get to know these diverse people in their day to day lives, thrilling or mundane, yet relatable, until they cross paths again with an out of control Drakulonian on a mission of vengeance.
The first issue features a range of jaw-dropping covers, as fans have come to suspect in the half century of Vampirella classics. Dynamite powerhouse Lucio Parrillo leads the way. He's joined by Celina, Mike Krome, Jay Anacleto, cosplayer Rachel Hollon, and one by Priest's frequent Vampi accomplice Ergün Gündüz.
Vampirella/Dracula: Rage is a bold new event series, serving as the bookend to Vampirella/Dracula: Unholy and the intervening Vampirella: Year One to complete the saga with the Prince of Darkness... for now. This essential series will set up a dramatic change in direction for the Daughter of Drakulon!
The trade paperback collected edition of the entire Vampirella: Year One series will also be releasing in August, with fans able to preorder it alongside the new series.
VAMPIRELLA/DRACULA: RAGE #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ June 2023 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in August 2023. 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!
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