Recently Dynamite Entertainment had artist Nicola Scott redesign three of their iconic female characters: Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris and Vampirella. Where Red Sonja and Vampirella were know for their specific look, Dejah Thoris was more likely known for just how little she wore as her outfit varied often.This is their new take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs character now:
The company regularly did multiple covers for the different Mars based series featuring Dejah by a variety of artists including Jay Anacleto. Here is a look at his covers for Dejah of Mars #1 and the new Dejah Thoris #1.
When you look at the new design, she's not exactly wearing a burka, but when you compare it to the old design which was a little skimpier than the Slave Leia outfit, it does seem more modest. This is also a character that the publisher used to make nude variants covers for, which they didn't do for Red Sonja or Vampirella. Where the chain-mail bikini and the red one-piece with white collar made the two characters instantly recognizable, I think Dejah Thoris may have caught the eye more and then had people want to know who she was.
Assuming other factors like compelling story are equal, it will be interesting to see how this series, even more so than the other, does with the redesign. How much of the sales of the different Dejah Thoris series were based on the covers and look of the character and how much on the Burroughs concept.
The first issue of the new series is at comic stores now. As are issues and trades for previous series. If you are a digital comic reader, Comixology has a sale going on until 8 PM this evening on all Dejah Thoris back issues (as the publisher did when the new Red Sonja debuted). It would be a great time to grab some back issues or the Art of Dejah Thoris book. Check out the sale here.