Artist/designer Nicola Scott just gave Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, and Red Sonja a major costume makeover for Dynamite’s upcoming female-led comic series headed up by Gail Simone.
As you can see, the big change is that these characters are actually wearing clothes. They also have weapons at the ready and look like they mean business. The designs are still far from being practical, but it’s clear that the emphasis will be more on ass-kicking and less on exposed skin.
After the break, check out the full redesign including quotes from Scott provided by Dynamite’s press release.
“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!”
“Sonja was a collaboration between myself, Gail [Simone], Dynamite and the licensors. Her big red hair and chainmail are iconic, and I felt strongly they needed to carry the look but be modernized. Keeping her hair big but out of her face seemed practical, and the idea of the chainmail tank rather than bikini was a suitable update.”
“Dejah Thoris was about playing with themes and the Barsoom aesthetic. Plaited leathers, swooping, organic shaped armour, and gossamer fabrics seemed the right place to start. It was just a matter of playing around with shapes and proportions until it came together.”
You can look forward to the new fashions starting January 2016 beginning with Red Sonja by Marguerite Bennett and Aneke, Dejah Thoris by writer Frank Barbiere in February (artist t.b.a.), and Vampirella by writer Kate Leth (artist t.b.a.) in March.