Dynamite is bringing us two vampire icons together for the first time in Dark Shadows/Vampirella #1 With words by the acclaimed Marc (Manhunter) Andreyko and artwork by Patrick Berkenkotter, this will be a cross-over bringing together Vampirella and Barnabas Collins in a brand new adventure to be released this coming August.
Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of Vampirella, but I do tend to judge books based on their covers, so it is entirely possible that I am wrong in thinking that this mainstay of the comic book undead world doesn’t have more going for her than her ample bosom and a costume that defies every known law of physics in trying to restrain said bosom. That being said, I absolutely love what Dynamite has done with the Dark Shadows license, so I am quite looking forward to this.
From the press release:
In Dark Shadows/Vampirella #1, when the disappearance of a family friend brings Barnabas Collins to New York, he is ill-prepared for the seedy underworld of clubs that awaits him! And Vampirella’s quest to find the “Big Apple Butcher” sends her on a collision course with the vampire of Collinsport! Will Vampirella and Barnabas uncover the shocking identity of this madman before they kill each another?
Writer Marc Andreyko:
“Barnabas Collins and Vampirella are two classic characters in vampire lore, so getting the chance to pen their first meeting is a blast. I remember watching Dark Shadows reruns and sneaking peeks at the Vampirella magazines when I was just a wee lad, so getting to do this book seems like fate! And I’m not going easy on Barnabas or Vampi in this series, either! They are going to be put through a gauntlet of terror before this book is through!”
Dynamite editor Joe Rybandt:
“Cross-overs get a bad rap when they’re not done right, or they feel forced,” adds . “But this one felt like a natural the moment we had the idea. The setting, the characters, the bad guys…the whole thing has come together so naturally, and Marc and Patrick are the perfect pair to make it happen.”