Doctor Who writer tapped for Dynamite's new blood-tainted Vampirella comic series

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Oct 7, 2016, 2:56 PM EDT

Dynamite is going straight for the jugular with a revamp of its flagship Vampirella comic book series, hiring Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell to chronicle the misadventures of the voluptuous bloodsucker from the planet Drakulon. An acclaimed comic and TV writer who contributed to many volumes of Doctor Who novels, episodes and comics, Cornell has been tapped to lead Vampirella into the new year with a bargain-priced issue blasting into the comic-verse for the cost of a single quarter in February of 2017. The new relaunch will take the sexy alien vampire away from the gratuitious depictions of a horror pinup pal and place her in more provocative places where her character can evolve and flourish. Dynamite Entertainment has been an enduring champion of Vampirella since 2010, and its investment in the charismatic character has kept the leggy legacy alive.

Here 's the official press release:

As the buzz builds for New York Comic-Con, and just in time for Halloween, Dynamite Entertainment announces that comics and television veteran Paul Cornell will write an all-new series starring Dynamite’s queen of the monster hunters herself, Vampirella!

“I’m delighted to be writing a Vampirella that takes onboard everything she’s been and moves it forward into a new setting, where the gothic meets science fiction,” says writer Paul Cornell. “I’m also delighted to be working again with my old friends, the incredibly talented artist Jimmy Broxton, and the incredibly talented editor, Matt Idelson. There’s a lyrical, Modesty Blaise feel to Jimmy’s art on this. I’m hoping especially to find a female audience. The character’s often been regarded as a nostalgia item, cheesecake, and we’re building on previous efforts to keep moving away from that to something more interesting. I’m excited to be building a whole new world, I’m loving what Jimmy’s art is doing (Barbarella! Hepburn!), and I hope that excitement communicates itself to the reader.”

“Paul’s writing is tremendous, and we have been hoping to work with him on Vampirella for quite some time now,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “While Paul’s series is written in the classic style of the character, his take feels every bit as fresh as our 2016 relaunch. This new series is sure to be applauded by new readers and longtime fans alike!”

Paul Cornell is an English writer of novels, comic books and television, perhaps best known for his work on Doctor Who, dating back to 1990. Since that time, Cornell has written over ten Doctor Who novels, as well as multiple series for both DC and Marvel, as well as the widely celebrated Vertigo series,Saucer Country.

“I’m supremely jazzed to have the chance to work on Vampirella, a character with an incredibly rich history and a touchstone still for many readers today,” says Matt Idelson, Senior Editor. “Reuniting with Paul is always a total pleasure, and what he and artist Jimmy Broxton have cooked up speaks very much to all that’s great about the character, yet will come as a totally unexpected, wonderful surprise. I think this is going to greatly appeal to both longtime and new readers alike.”

Vampirella is a raven-haired heroine who remains, even after 45 years of publication, one of the comic industry’s most well known characters, due in no small part to Dynamite Entertainment. Since Vampirella’s very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published three volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers. The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre.

Take a peek at some of the art for the upcoming Vampirella resurgence, then let us know if this makeover makes you hungry for more.

(Via Horror Society)