Cullen Bunn & Blacky Shepherd Pit Vampire Against Mad Scientist In Vampirella Vs. ReAnimator

by Hannah Means Shannon

Dynamite have announced another epic crossover for their winter offerings, this time bringing together the creative team of Cullen Bunn (Pumpkinhead, Deadpool) and Blacky Shepherd (Pumpkinhead, Voltron) for the horror face-off Vampirella vs. ReAnimator. 

Dynamite explains:

In Vampirella vs. ReAnimator, Herbert West–the ReAnimator–has long sought the secret to perfecting his reagent and break death’s hold on mankind once and for all. The key to his success lies in only one place–the forbidden tomb of the Aztec god of death! But disturbing sleeping gods is as troubling (to put it mildly) as raising the uncontrollable, murderous dead… especially when this deity is an ancient enemy of Vampirella of Drakulon!

Artist Blacky Shepherd says:

I just thought it was a great fit. I was attending a horror convention and talking with people and the idea just popped into my head. Within an hour or so I had a rough idea of the story. At first, I thought they were such a natural fit that Dynamite must have already crossed the two characters over!

Writer Cullen Bunn adds:

Here’s something I think about a lot when it comes to these two characters. When I was a kid reading Vampirella magazines at the drug store… and later when I rented ReAnimator on VHS for the first time… I felt like I was doing something I shouldn’t be. There’s something… subversive about both characters, and I want to play that up. I want to lean into that feeling with this book.

Dynamite Entertainment first published ReAnimator with a #0 issue leading into a cross-over with the Army of Darkness line, and then followed up with a standalone miniseries in 2015. Vampirella has been part of Dynamite’s core publishing lineup since 2004.

The first issue of Vampirella vs. ReAnimator will have covers by Johnny Desjardins (Barbarella), Stuart Sayger (ROM), Blacky Shepherd (Voltron), and a cosplay cover respectively. Additionally, an Atlas Edition will also be available.

Vampirella vs. ReAnimator #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2018 Previews catalog and slated for release in December 2018. Vampirella vs. ReAnimator will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

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