Mount Laurel-based Dynamite Entertainment has stockpiled a wealth of classic licensed properties, from James Bond to Red Sonja to the Shadow.
Such a deep bench allows for some pretty interesting team-ups, such as this week’s “KISS/Vampirella” #1, which teams the band that perfected putting pancake makeup on dudes with comics’ foremost female vampire.
Christopher Sebela (“We(L)come Back”) writes and Annapaola Martello draws this five-issue mini, which is set in Los Angeles in summer 1974, when KISS were just starting out and Vampirella, according to the story, was fronting an all-girl rock band while simultaneously hunting monsters. The two parties team up to unravel an occult conspiracy threatening humanity and rock ‘n’ roll itself.
“I have been in love with Vampirella ever since Forry Ackerman created her,” KISS bassist and spokesman Gene Simmons said in a press release announcing the series. “For a wide-eyed kid who grew up voraciously devouring the pages of Warren publications (Vampirella’s original publisher) … it’s a personal thrill to witness this momentous event in our four-decades-old, proud comic book history.”
“KISS/Vampirella” is just the tip of the #1 iceberg this week for Dynamite, which also is rolling out an adaption of George R.R. Martin’s “A Clash of Kings”; “Gwar Orgasmageddon,” a miniseries starring the classic metal band; “Magnus” #1; “Mighty Mouse” #1 and “Ash Vs. the Army of Darkness” #0, a prelude to a new series starring the hero of the “Evil Dead” franchise, written by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers (“X-Men ’92”) and drawn by Mauro Vargas.
Also out this week
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1: The former Anakin Skywalker begins life anew, now more machine than man, as a dark lord of the Sith in a new series written by Charles Soule (“Star Wars: Lando,” “Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin”) and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli (“Amazing Spider-Man”).
Anakin takes his first steps as Darth Vader in new series out June 7
The following is solicit text from Marvel:
The most fearsome villain in the galaxy returns for an all-new series -- Prepare for DARTH VADER #1! This June, writer Charles Soule (Poe Dameron, Astonishing X-Men) will team with artist Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man) to chronicle the epic rise of one of the greatest villains in all of fiction (and the winner of The Press' March supervillains bracket).
When Anakin Skywalker fell, both to the pull of the dark side and to the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he rose back up, more machine than man. Having lost everything he once held dear, the one who was prophesized to bring balance to the Force instead chose a darker path. Now, in a story set directly after the events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, he must take his first steps into a darker world as…Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith!
“With the all-new DARTH VADER series, we will finally get the chance to witness iconic moments in the Star Wars galaxy through the lens of one of its most famous characters,” said series editor, Jordan D. White. “With Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli at the helm, we are going to spotlight the construction of Vader’s red lightsaber, the fallout of Order 66, the beginnings of the Inquisitor program, the rise of an Empire, and many more sinister moments never seen before!”
Iceman #1: Another of the original five X-Men gets a solo series as Bobby Drake sets out on his own to learn more about his powers and being an adult gay man. Written by Sina Grace and drawn by Alessandro Vitti.
Iceman strikes out on his own in new series out June 7
The following is solicit text from Marvel:
This June, Bobby Drake steps out into the cold with an all-new solo X-Men series written by Sina Grace (All-New X-Men Annual, Self-Obsessed) coupled with artwork by Alessandro Vitti (Avengers Arena, Secret Warriors) with Marvel Comics’ ICEMAN #1.
Bobby Drake has been in the Super Hero game longer than most – one of the original X-Men, a founding member of the Champions, and discovered to be an Omega-level mutant, but while reflecting on all he’s accomplished over the years, he realizes that the legacy he’s built can be so much more!
"Iceman has one of the most tenured legacies as a Marvel Super Hero and was one of the originators of the modern Marvel Universe,” said series writer Sina Grace. “As a lifelong X-Men fan (I've got the dog-eared floppies to prove it!), writing Iceman has been the greatest and most challenging project I've been lucky enough to work on. Writing this series has been like making best friends with someone who's been in my class for years, but I never took the time to ask how they were doing. Turns out, Bobby Drake has a LOT to say paired with a LOT of achievements he’s still looking to unlock."
Also added to the mix, a younger version of himself has emerged from the timestream and he’s more put together than Bobby ever was: already a world-class hero in his own right, but also totally comfortable in his own skin, complete with a relationship with a handsome Inhuman to boot.
In this new ongoing series it’s time for Bobby Drake to realizes that it’s now or never, and sets out to build a life and legacy he can be proud of…and be the best ICEMAN he can be!
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9 of 9: Frank Miller’s Dark Knight trilogy concludes with Batman and his allies making a last stand against a Kryptonian invasion. Co-written by Miller and Brian Azzarello (“Wonder Woman”) with art by Andy Kubert (“X-Men”).
Babyteeth #1: A teenage girl gives birth to the Antichrist in a new AfterShock Comics series written by Donny Cates with art by Garry Brown.
Four Oni #1s for $1 each: Oni Press is looking to hook new readers with discounted reprints of some of its recent series, including “Another Castle,” “Courtney Crumrin,” “Mighty Zodiac” and “Space Battle Lunchtime.”
Preview art of BOOM's 'The Unsound' #1, out Wednesday
The following is solicit text from BOOM Studios:
Ashli’s first day as a nurse at Saint Cascia Psychiatric Hospital turns into a nightmare as a bloody riot sends her fleeing into the bowels of the hospital. Her descent takes her to a hellish world populated by lunatics and monsters, cloaked in a secret history of black magic and heinous scientific experiments.
Writer: Cullen Bunn; Artist: Jack T. Cole
Preview art of Valiant's Faith #12, out Wednesday
The following is solicit text from Valiant:
Framed for a crime, held prisoner by a team of her greatest enemies, and quickly running out of time, Faith must confront the truth of her first true defeat! But has victory truly come to The Faithless – a revenge-obsessed squad of malicious malcontents – or will Los Angeles’ soaring protector give them a run for their money first?
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by JOE EISMA