September 18, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment announced today the creative team of Cullen Bunn (Pumpkinhead, Deadpool) and Blacky Shepherd (Pumpkinhead, Voltron) will be squaring off two horror icons this winter with Vampirella vs. ReAnimator! It’s vampire versus mad scientist in a battle that threatens to tear the gates of the underworld asunder!
In Vampirella vs. ReAnimator, Herbert West–the ReAnimator–has long sought the secret to perfecting his reagent and break death’s hold on mankind once and for all. The key to his success lies in only one place–the forbidden tomb of the Aztec god of death! But disturbing sleeping gods is as troubling (to put it mildly) as raising the uncontrollable, murderous dead… especially when this deity is an ancient enemy of Vampirella of Drakulon!
“I just thought it was a great fit. I was attending a horror convention and talking with people and the idea just popped into my head,” said artist Blacky Shepherd. “Within an hour or so I had a rough idea of the story. At first, I thought they were such a natural fit that Dynamite must have already crossed the two characters over!”
“Here’s something I think about a lot when it comes to these two characters. When I was a kid reading Vampirella magazines at the drug store… and later when I rented ReAnimator on VHS for the first time… I felt like I was doing something I shouldn’t be,” added author Cullen Bunn. “There’s something… subversive about both characters, and I want to play that up. I want to lean into that feeling with this book”
“Hands down this is a really cool cross-over with these two characters. Blacky’s pitch was perfect and both Cullen and his work on our Pumpkinhead series was fantastic. They took great care of such a classic character that we wanted them to do more,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Having these two incredibly talented horror aficionados on this crossover event is going to have fans raving.”
Dynamite Entertainment first published ReAnimator with a #0 issue leading into a cross-over with the Army of Darkness line and then followed up with a standalone miniseries in 2015. Vampirella has been part of Dynamite’s core publishing lineup since 2004. First created in 1969, Vampirella has thrived for nearly 50 years delivering classic tales of terror in comics, graphic novels, and magazines.
The first issue of Vampirella vs. ReAnimator delivers a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers a chance to collect the whole set! The cover artwork features the talents of Johnny Desjardins (Barbarella), Stuart Sayger (ROM), Blacky Shepherd (Voltron), and a cosplay cover respectively. Additionally, an Atlas Edition will also be available for fans wishing to have their issue signed by writer Cullen Bunn!
Vampirella vs. ReAnimator #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December 2018. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Vampirella vs. ReAnimator with their local comic book retailers. Vampirella vs. ReAnimator will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.