Dead Ahead Is Vampirella Vs. Reanimator

Two icons of horror comics come together in a big bang when Dynamite Entertainment unleashes Vampirella Vs. Reanimator #1 (OCT181045) from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Blacky Shepherd. Read the interview to see what both creators have in store for the sick scientist and the sassy sampler of sanguine refreshment.

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Dynamite Entertainment: What led you to consider combining these two characters?

Blacky Shepherd: 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.

Cullen Bunn: The idea for throwing these two characters together was all Blacky. He called me up and asked if I'd have any interest in writing a story where these two faced off. Like him, I thought it must have already been done. It's such an obvious crossover! But, since it hadn't, we worked up a pitch and sent it in!

Dynamite Entertainment: What about the meeting of them interests or excites you?

Blacky Shepherd:  Vampirella is basically a god with superhuman abilities and Herbert West is just a man with a re-agent serum, but his intellect and drive puts him in a class that can stand toe-to-toe with this warrior of Drakulon. I love the idea of Herbert West as a kind of ringleader of ghouls and monsters that Vampirella has to fight her way through.

Cullen Bunn: 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: Vampires are obviously new territory for the Reanimator. How does he react to finding out they're real?

Blacky Shepherd: I assume he would see them clinically, dispassionately. He would assess them, learn about what their weaknesses and strengths are, and then learn how to exploit or destroy them. I don't think Herbert West has a lot of fear left in him so it's really more about how he can understand and control Vampires.

Cullen Bunn:  West might see vampires as further proof that death can be conquered. Obviously, he needs to study them more! Dissection might be in order!

Dynamite Entertainment: While being undead is not a new phenomenon for Vampirella, we'd imagine undead-through-science is, right? Is that something that surprises her, or has she seen it all at this point, more or less?

Blacky Shepherd: My thinking is that Vampire/la has seen it all, and is a little past being surprised... that is until she meets Herbert West. Whereas I think Vampirella has encountered scientific means to re-animate the dead before she has probably never met anyone as single-minded in their pursuit of reanimation as Herbert West. Plus, Herbert's zombies seem to be a little more aggressive than your average revenant.

Cullen Bunn: It's all about drive and intent. The strength of West's conviction is really what's startling. And that conviction is going to drive West into the waiting arms of a very powerful ally. At the same time, Vampirella may be turning to an ally of her own... one that I think readers will find startling.

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