Losing The Mankini As Kate Leth Writes Vampirella And Nicola Scott Redesigns

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Originally designed by Trina Robbins, Vampirella's iconic look has been responsible for much of her fame – and much mocking along the way.

But in March, publishers Dynamite Entertainment will see her redesigned from the mankini look by Nicola Scott in a new comic series written by Kate Leth which will "see a return to the character's roots as a horror hostess, as her costumed identity goes public… while privately, she uses her new celebrity status to uncover the links between silver screen killers and a real conspiracy of monsters."

Kate Leth, writer of the new Vampirella, says, "Vampirella takes Hollywood! In this new and twisted take on the classic horror queen, Vampi moves to the City of Angels to find more than a few demons in the mix. Along with her paramour/werewolf Tristan and trusty butler Coleridge, she begins to investigate mysterious disappearances in the shadowy world of B-movies and the monsters who make them. All the while, she finds herself a sudden sensation after a video of her monster-hunting in her classic ensemble goes viral. Can Vampirella be both a cult icon on the rise and take down an empire of ghouls and ghosts? Signs point to: Hell yes!"

Regarding the redesign of one of comics' most iconic costumes, Nicola Scott says, "Vampirella was a lot of fun. We could actually make her modern, with some retro influence. I liked the idea of keeping her in a one-piece but making it a leather jumpsuit with her logo embroidered on the back. Part biker, part roller-derby. I hope to see cosplayers in this one ASAP!"

 

The character will join the new road map of stories planned by Gail Simone, alongside Red Sonja and Dejah Thoris.

 

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