Bill Willingham’s Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure was one of this year’s best ideas, a combination of steampunk, superhero mash-up, and just plain great retro fun. Legenderry saw a parallel universe including the creation of Steve Austin–the Six Thousand Dollar Man, and alternate versions of Flash Gordon, the Green Hornet and Kato, Vampirella, the Phantom, and Red Sonja, among others. It was the ultimate new look at familiar characters that Dynamite holds the licensing rights to today.
We’re hoping for a future addition of Miss Fury to this steam-powered world, and to hear about a Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure trade edition to collect the seven-issue limited series. Until then Dynamite is branching out beyond Willingham’s story, focusing on three of the characters: Red Sonja, Vampirella, and Green Hornet, each to have their own new series.
David Avallone will write the Legenderry: Vampirella series, featuring Madam Pendragon and her path to become Vampirella. Daryl Gregory (Planet of the Apes) will write the Legenderry: Green Hornet story featuring Hornet and Kato in a Gangs of New York type setting.
Red Sonja was the main character connecting all the others in the limited series this past year. Sonja suffered from amnesia and had believed herself to be a Victorian era aristocrat named Magna Spadarossa. By stories’ end she had recovered and went on to sever the limbs of everyone who got in her way. Dynamite Comics has not yet released details of the Legenderry: Red Sonja series. Meanwhile, check out the four cover variants above, just released.
Look for Legenderry: Green Hornet, Legenderry: Red Sonja, and Legenderry: Vampirella to be released in 2015.