Last month Dynamite announced that award-winning author Sarah A. Hoyt will continue her celebrated run on Barbarella in February 2023 with a thrilling new storyline “The Center Cannot Hold.”

A well-rounded author, Hoyt has written everything from science fiction and fantasy to mystery and historical fiction. The writer quickly took to the character that she read as a child and pitted Barbarella against the brutal dictator known as The Lady.  Artist Riccardo Bogani joins Hoyt on the run.

Barbarella was created by French science fiction comic book creator Jean-Claude Forest in 1962 and was published originally in the comics anthologies V Magazine, Evergreen Review, and Heavy Metal before being collected in a series of graphic novels. The character was relaunched at Dynamite in 2017, with writers and artists including Mike Carey, Leah Williams, Kenan Yarar, Madibek Musabekov, Germán Garcia, and now Hoyt’s continuing contributions following the “Woman Untamed” arc. Barbarella is also set to return to the big screen, with a blockbuster film starring superstar actress Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria, The White Lotus) in development.

Alongside interior artist Bogani, cover artists include Derrick Chew (Harley Quinn, Supergirl), John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Lone Ranger), Celina, Geebo Vigonte, Jimmy Broxton, cosplayer Rachel Hollon, and previous Barbarella artist Madibek Musabekov.

Barbarella: The Center Cannot Hold #1 is available for preorders this month and is slated to release in February 2023. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more.

Read a synopsis of the issue below:

“Beyond the edge of known space lies…the Unnamable. Myth? Gods? Malevolent force? No one knows. No one but the one force in the universe that can stand against the Unnameable: the Architects, hidden guides of our galaxy for untold eons.
Enter Barbarella, on a desperate quest to find and convince the Architects that a war with the Unnameable will spell the death of Every. Living. Thing.
Get ready for tension, excitement, espionage, and the secret of how to defeat an empire. Fun, romance, and cosmic adventure beyond the furthest reaches of the galaxy!”

Take a look at an exclusive preview of inked pages of the issue as well as a few colored pages and covers below!