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Exclusive: Cullen Bunn awakens an Aztec death god in Dynamite's Vampirella vs Reanimator #1

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Oct 17, 2018, 10:04 AM EDT

Cullen Bunn is one of the hardest-working creators in the comics industry, with no less than a half-dozen projects being expertly juggled at any given moment, including two new gothic horror series, Bone Parish and The Empty Man.

Staying in the spookier corners of the marketplace, Bunn has now added to his creative plate and united two of his favorite frightful characters, Vampirella, the blood-guzzling beauty from Drakulon, and H.P. Lovecraft's crazed scientist Herbert West.

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Dynamite's Vampirella vs. Reanimator R-rated release is written by the incomprehensibly prolific Bunn along with Blacky Shepherd, who also provides the unsettling art, which is definitely marked for mature readers only. The talented creative team that gave us Pumpkinhead combines for a gruesome new miniseries for Dynamite Comics, sure to keep the light bulb companies happy with the title's hardcore terror. Stay tuned for an exclusive interior art preview in the gallery below!

The unlikely marriage of these two horror icons came about by asking the simple question "How could Vampirella and the Reanimator have crossed paths before?" In the adventurous storyline, Herbert West has tried to discover the secret to perfecting his notorious reagent formula and release death's hold on mankind for all eternity. The key to his ultimate success exists in only one place on Earth, the forbidden tomb of the Aztec god of death!

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But it seems logical that rousing slumbering gods is as dangerous as raising the maniacal, murderous dead, especially when this particular Aztec deity is an ancient enemy of Vampirella. So it's sexy vampire versus charismatic mad scientist in a chaotic clash that threatens to knock down the unholy gates of the murky underworld.

"You’ll find the pages are mostly in gray tone rather than full color," Senior Editor Matt Idelson told SYFY WIRE. "We’re doing a Warren Magazine homage of sorts, saving spot color for just the yellow Reanimator serum and the reds on Vampi’s costume and such."

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"I remember sitting on the floor in the drug store reading Vampirella magazines while my mom was shopping," Bunn told SYFY WIRE. "I always felt like I was doing something I shouldn’t... reading something I shouldn’t... and I liked that feeling. I discovered Herbert West first through the movies and later through Lovecraft’s stories. Watching the movie, I felt the same way, that I was watching something that wasn’t meant for me. Both of these characters felt like dirty little secrets. Now, having them meet on the comic page, we can see if we can create some dark horror secrets of our own.

"Like me, Blacky has a love for old horror magazines (Vampirella in particular) and you’ll see that in this book in a big way. He decided not to hide that influence in this series, and he came up with a great way of giving these pages an eerie look that pays homage to both Vampirella and Reanimator!"

Check out our exclusive 3-page unlettered art preview plus covers in the gallery below, then tell us if you'll approve of this creepy connection when Dynamite's Vampirella vs. Reanimator #1 strikes comic shops on Dec. 12. Hope you have a strong stomach!