A couple of Hack/Slash vs Vampirella news items to share with you today.
First, Bleeding Cool has posted an interview with Shawn Aldridge about the series. He sounds like someone who “gets” the character, so I really hope this is successful. Here are a few words he had about Vampirella (emphasis mine):
SHAWN ALDRIDGE: I think what helps Vampirella be timeless, for lack of a better word, is that she can easily be molded to fit the current tastes in horror without losing her core. She’s been a crypt keeper type narrator, a peripheral character in stories, and the center of her own tales. She’s evolved as horror evolved, yet never stopped being Vampirella. She’s a reflection of our thoughts on horror and to a certain extent our thoughts on society as a whole.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t say her “visuals” have probably helped her longevity. For me, the fact that you can put her in any story, any situation and not lose the core of her is her biggest strength. As a character, she’s strong, sexy, and wants to save people, or that’s how I’ve always viewed her. So that’s how I portrayed her in this story. There’s a running gag with her, Vlad, and her “mesmerizing gaze” that was just hell of a lot of fun to play with.
Sounds promising to me – we’ll find out in October.
Artist Rapha Lobosco (@raphalobosco) also posted some work-in-progress artwork from the series on Twitter. You can see the images below. The bottom right two panels of the first image seem to confirm what Shawn Aldridge tweeted to me about Vampirella’s costume. It does appear to be the classic costume to my eyes.
So, overall I think there is a lot to look forward to with this series. If this is indeed more of a classic take on Vampirella, we need to all buy and support this book to encourage more of it from Dynamite.