With Dynamite's recent announcement of the Swords of Sorrow event lead by an all-female writing team, a lot of people took notice. Byron Brewer caught up with Nancy A. Collins to talk about her part of the event, Swords Of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood. Cover art by Billy Tan.
NANCY COLLINS: I'm both excited and honored to be among the creators chosen for this unique landmark event.
BB: Tell us a little about how you became involved in this event.
NC: Well, I've been writing the monthly Vampirella title for Dynamite for the last year, and Gail and I are old friends—she's the one who introduced me to Dynamite via the Legends of Red Sonja mini-series. It was only natural that Vampirella—Dynamite's flagship character, and one they actually own—be a key figure in any cross-over. It was Dynamite editorial that came up with the idea of teaming up Vampi with Jennifer Blood—basically taking a blatantly supernatural/fantastic character and teaming her up with a hyper-realistic female character from a reality where the only monsters are the ones in human form.
BB: In this supporting miniseries, do Vampi and Jennifer meet/team up or is this two separate tales?
NC: Vampirella and Jennifer Blood start off with separate stories that keep dove-tailing into one another's narratives, repeatedly bringing them into conflict with one another.
BB: What can you tell us about the storyline for this issue?
NC: Vampirella is sent to Southern California by The Kabal to hunt down a serial killer called the Pacifica Slasher who has supernatural origins, only to end up crossing an interdimensional threshold that sends her to an alternate reality that most closely resembles our own—one where vampires, werewolves, and demons don't exist. It's there she stumbles across vigilante Jennifer Blood, who is hunting down a serial killer called the Anaheim Ripper. Hijinx follow.
BB: Can you (non-spoilery) give us any hints at all about the importance of the character called The Courier or the sword he has in his possession?
NC: The Courier is in the service of another, more powerful character called The Traveler, who has chosen certain 'champions'—two of which happen to be Vampirella and Jennifer Blood. As for the sword Vampirella is given, it's identical to the sickle-sword wielded by the goddess Kali, often viewed as a vampire—a divine monster created by the gods to kill monsters.
BB: What does artist Dave Acosta bring to this mix?
NC: His art is very dynamic and his Vampirella and Jennifer Blood are both beautiful and bad-ass, and at the same time believable as real women. I was really lucky to get him for this mini-series.
For more on the Swords of Sorrow event, check out our original story on the announcement.