Exclusive: Dan Abnett Explains Vampirella’s Superhero Turn in The Dark Powers

Last week, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella is going full-superheroine later this year in Vampirella: The Dark Powers. Modern Guardians of the Galaxy co-creator Dan Abnett is writing the series, with art by Paul Davidson, colors by Andrew Dalhouse, and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

The series is a crossover event between Vampirella and Project Superpowers that will bring Vampi into the team. That means a new costume for Vampirella, and a new set of rules to try to abide by. According to Abnett, the stakes are very high…and Vampirella’s never been particularly fond of stakes.

“This one will be an absolute blast,” said Abnett in a statement. “This is high-concept, pan-cosmic superheroes with a quite savage and dangerous character tied up in the heart of it. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be different, it’s going to be a head-on genre clash… and it’s going to turn into an epic story!”

Dynamite also shared some early black and white pages by Davidson, that show off Vampirella in action.

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“I’ve been a Frank Frazetta fan since I was a boy,” added Davidson. “His 1969 painting of Vampirella blew my mind when I first saw it in the ’80s and drawing Vampirella has always been on my bucket list. It’s a thrill to be drawing comic book royalty.”

Here’s the official series description from Dynamite:

“The Project, an interdimensional collective of superheroes, has found their newest potential recruit, and she’s… Vampirella?! Faced with a whole new set of rules, will the Daughter of Drakulon be able to fit in with this crew of strait-laced and square-jawed men and women in spandex? In a tale with her biggest stakes yet, thousands of planets, billions of lives, and reality itself could be in Vampi’s hands!”

You can see more of Davidson’s pages in the gallery below, along with covers by Jae Lee, Peach Momoko, Joseph Michael Linsner, Junggeun Yoon, and Kano. Lee also provided an alternate incentive cover, as did Davidson. Will Robson’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 homage cover is also below, as is Marissa Ramirez’s cosplay cover.

Vampirella: The Dark Powers #1 will hit comic book stores in December.

What do you think about Vampirella: The Dark Powers? Can Vampi make it as a superheroine? Let us know in the comment section below!

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