Dynamite announced today a new title starring one of the crown jewels of the Disney Villains pantheon. The Mistress of Evil, Maleficent, hits the comic book page this May thanks to multi-talented creator Soo Lee.
Maleficent first appeared in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ iconic 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. The popular villain has returned to screens in two blockbuster films and now the publisher is excited to reveal the debut of her first solo comic series.
Versatile creator Lee (Carmilla: The First Vampire, DC/RWBY) leads the all-new series, not only writing but drawing and coloring as well.
“Longtime fans will be excited to see her portrayal of one of Disney’s greatest evildoers, both visually and in channeling her voice. Queen of the Forbidden Mountain, Maleficent’s realm is shrouded in darkness and her soul is cold following a life of thwarting foolish adventurers after her powers. It’s only a matter of time until she will finally have enough, and descend upon the powerless people below, unleashing her horrible magics upon them.”
“I think Maleficent is kind of an icon as a character herself,” said Lee. “She is stylish, beautiful in her way and very powerful. Even though she’s a villain I really liked that she was a powerful woman. I mean, she transforms into a dragon! That’s pretty cool.”
This new story is designed to fit into the established character arc depicted in the classic animated film as a sort of prequel peek into her past, set long before the events of Sleeping Beauty. The focus is on Maleficent as the main character, no longer playing second fiddle to royalty around her. Lee, editor Nate Cosby, and the Disney team have collaborated to deliver a stunning and exciting vision.
Lee is joined by letterer Jeff Eckleberry. While Lee is also delivering a cover, other covers on the series will be done by the legendary Jae Lee (Batman/Superman, Inhumans), Jennifer L. Meyer, Rebeca Puebla, and Erica D’Urso.
Disney Villains: Maleficent #1 is slated to release in May 2023. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers this month. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms such as Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more.
Dynamite is single handedly the worst variant cover offender in the industry. Why not stop making comics and just sell licenced IP posters instead? You could out-mondo Mondo.
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