EXCLUSIVE: Preview Dynamite's psychedelic new Barbarella comic series

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Oct 28, 2017

Sixties sci-fi movies are a bountiful basket of cheesy outer-space antics, existential odysseys, and planets inhabited by damn dirty apes.

But nothing compared to the sexy psychedelia of the fantastic 1968 space opera flick Barbarella.  Starring Jane Fonda sporting some of the most flashy futuristic outfits ever conceived by a costumer, Barbarella was produced by the legendary Dino De Laurentiis and directed with unashamed, excessive relish by Fonda's husband at the time, Roger Vadim.

It's stuffed with lush far-future visuals by cinematographer Claude Renoir, the grandson of the great French Impressionist painter Claude-Auguste Renoir, and a cast of Flash Gordon-type pulp characters, all in a sexually charged adventure that worldwide audiences were simultaneously amused and aroused by.

Like Luc Besson's epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Barbarella was adapted from a popular French comic book, with this film following the exploits of a ravishing 41st-century space agent and her mission to retrieve a villainous rogue scientist, Dr. Durand Durand. And yes, that is where the English pop band Duran Duran got its name!

Created by Jean-Claude Forest, the original adults-only Barbarella comic run lasted from 1962 to 1964 and was considered quite scandalous at the time, often being cited as one of the forces that helped inspire the sexual revolution of the late '60s.

Dynamite Entertainment is blasting back to the past and reviving the sleeping beauty and her blind angel in a fresh Barbarella comic series written by British author Mike Carey (Lucifer, Hellblazer), with art by Turkish illustrator Kenan Yarar (Vampirella, The Sovereigns).

Here's the official solicitation synopsis:

Earth's star-crossed daughter is back! When Barbarella wanders into a war zone, the theocratic rulers of Parosia arrest and imprison her. A prison break is brewing, but now that she knows what the Parosians do to their own citizens Barbarella decides to make this fight her own ...

Check out SYFY WIRE's exclusive 5-page preview of Barbarella #1 in the gallery below, then tell us if you'll trip out with the seductive interplanetary agent when this new ongoing series launches December 6.