Christmas And Murder! Barbarella Gets An Over-Sized Holiday Special
by Hannah Means Shannon
Dynamite Entertainment has announced a very special holiday book set in the Barbarella universe, written by Jean-Marc Lofficier (Moebius, Doctor Strange) and illustrated by artist José Louis Ruiz Pérez (Tiger and the Eye) which will weigh in at a hefty 48 pages.
All aboard the Barbarella Cosmic Express for an intergalactic tale of Christmas and…murder?! Hélas, c’est vrai! Someone’s been given the ultimate gift, and jolly old St. Nick must figure out by whom. Enter the space siren for all holidays, Barbarella! Guest-starring France’s Hexagon Comics’ super-patriot hero: The Guardian of the Republic.
Jean-Marc Lofficier delves into the lore of this Special:
The Barbarella universe as invented by Jean-Claude Forest and developed by Mike Carey, is a sci-fi one, so this “Santa” is not a fantasy creature, but a galactic entrepreneur named Niklaus Von Klaus, mildly obsessed with Xmas, who turned an entire planet into an Xmas-themed amusement park. Initially intended for children, the park has now become a lawless rendezvous point for all kinds of shady character. This book is the first crossover comics to feature a character from the French Hexagon Comics universe since Witchblade-Phenix-Sibilla: Blood Oath published by Top Cow in 2003, which I also wrote.
Barbarella was created by Jean Claude Forest in 1962 and was made even more famous by Jane Fonda’s portrayal in the 1968 cult-classic film. In 2017, Dynamite Entertainment published the first Barbarella comic in 35 years to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the character.
The Barbarella Holiday Special will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2018 Previews catalog and slated for release in December 2018. The Barbarella Holiday Special 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.