Writer of the upcoming Vengeance of Vampirella series, Tom Sniegoski, was recently kind enough to answer a few of my questions about his past and current work. As you probably know, Dynamite will be launching a new Vengeance of Vampirella series which will pick up where Sniegoski left off with the Death and Destruction miniseries (with Vampirella being impaled by Nyx). Here’s what he had to say:
VAMPIRELLA BLOG: Can you tell us a little about how this idea of revisiting your Harris run on Vampirella came together?
TOM: It was something that I had been thinking about, and had talked to Nick Barruci—The President of Dynamite comics—about, but the time just never seemed right . . . until Vampirella’s 50th anniversary, and the 25th anniversary of my run on Vengeance of Vampirella. Things just sorta fell into place and I couldn’t wait to return.
VB: When you originally wrote Death and Destruction, did you have any ideas about what you would do next if given a chance to continue with the story? If so, will those ideas make it into the upcoming series?
TOM: When Christopher Golden and I wrote, Vampirella: Death and Destruction, we knew that we were pretty much dismantling all the things that I had set up with the character at Harris Comics. Kind of cleaning the slate for any new creative teams. But I most definitely had ideas as to things I would have liked to do if I’d stayed on as the regular writer. And yes, most of those ideas—though tweaked quite a bit—are making their way into my newest run.
VB: I always enjoy Vampirella best when she has a strong supporting cast, which is something that we had in the original Vengeance of Vampirella series. Is that something fans can expect to see again in the new series? Any plans to introduce new characters?
TOM: The supporting cast was always a blast to write back in the day. And the answer to the question is YES! There will be a strong supporting cast, some familiar but with a difference. 25 years with Vampirella in a world overrun by Chaos can do a job on you! And there will be new characters introduced as well.
VB: You were probably the most prolific Vampirella writer of the 1990s, which was one of the most popular times for the character. Do you have any favorite moments/issues/story arcs from that time?
TOM: I just loved the fact that I was allowed to play with this amazing character, and her cast. My editor at the time, Meloney Crawford Chadwick, was instrumental in the kind of stories I was allowed to tell. She wanted stuff that was exciting, sexy and horrific. When I told her that I wanted to do stuff like the great Marvel monster books of the 70’s –Werewolf by Night, Tomb of Dracula, Son of Satan, Ghost Rider—Meloney was all for it. And as far a favorite stories go from back then . . . I think I might have to go with the introduction of the new character Passion. Drawn by Kirk Van Wormer, Passion was a tulpa, a living, supernatural creature made of ectoplasmic energies, shaped by powerful emotion (in this instance, rage.) She was a really cool character, and I got to use her a few more times in my Vampirella run. Who knows, we might even be seeing her again.
Many thanks to Tom for sharing his thoughts with us. Let me know what your thoughts are on the upcoming series!