Dynamite announced a new Dejah Thoris comic with acclaimed sci-fi writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman). The series is slated to debut this winter, with artist Vasco Georgiev (Xena), colorist Dearbhla Kelly (Red Sonja), and letterer Simon Bowland (James Bond Origins) rounding out the creative team.
Barsoom has always been a dying world, teetering on disaster, but it may be closer to death these days. Dejah Thoris has been many things in life; a wife, a mother, royalty, and an adventurer. Now her role as a scientist must take center stage as she attempts to investigate why her homeworld is freezing. Other skills come into play when it’s discovered that political factions may be hiding the secrets of this global catastrophe.
“I’ve been a huge fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom stories since I was a kid—without question a fundamental cornerstone of science fiction, and an inspiration for so much of the cosmic wonder that we love today,” said Abnett. “I jumped at the chance to write a saga in that world. It’s a dynastic epic of intrigue, action, and adventure, with Dejah at the heart of it, and we’ve got an amazing art team to bring it to life.”
With a three decade career across countless publishers, Abnett is the perfect match for Dejah. The writer spearheaded Marvel’s spacefaring heroes the Guardians of the Galaxy for over half a decade. This body of work created the modern iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy and revamped several other characters in the canon. It also became the blueprint for Marvel Studios’ successful franchise. Readers may also know Abnett from his sci-fi tales from Warhammer.
“The series’ protagonists are strong (mentally and physically), beautiful women and it is very important to me that their unique personalities be reflected in their character designs and actions. Dejah and her friends will be kicking lots of butt and will look great doing it,” said Georgiev. “Designing the Barsoom landscape and architecture is a dream as I also work as an architect. I try to give every city, building, and space a unique and instantly recognizable identity. The charm of Barsoom is that it combines futuristic technology and architecture with medieval design and customs. Imagining how to unify these concepts in every panel is a veritable treat.”
Four top cover artists are on tap for issue #1: Painter Lucio Parrillo (Vengeance of Vampirella, Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Billy Tucci (Shi, Roses for the Dead), and legendary Adam Hughes with a wraparound installment. There will also be an extremely limited black-bagged risqué version for those who want to appreciate Dejah’s full beauty in a manner more in line with Burroughs’ original version. Finally, cosplayer Mai returns with another cover and the first cosplay cover on a solo Dejah series.
“We’ve wanted to work with Dan again for years, but he was tied up exclusively with DC for Rebirth, and he crafted some great stories adding to their mythos. When discussing a new Dejah Thoris series, we wanted to wait for Dan once we knew that was a possibility, and glad we did. His series is incredible, and I cannot wait for the fans to check it out,” said Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Considering how great the scripts are, we wanted an artist who could complement them, and with Vasco coming off of his Xena run, he was the perfect fit. With some of our closest friends doing covers in Hughes, Parrillo, Tucci, Linsner, and the fantastic cosplayer Mai, that’s the cherry on top to excite new fans to pick up the series!”
Dejah Thoris #1 can be preordered at your favorite comic shop this October. The series will debut in December. You can also check it out digitally on Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more. Check out Dynamite’s website for more info.