Compiling the seven-issue mini-series from Dynamite Comics written by notable Fables writer Bill Willingham, Legenderry gets the trade paperback treatment this week as it is released nationwide. Legenderry is the steampunk–or more accurately “steam noir”–series featuring the ultimate mash-up: Red Sonja joins with Six Thousand Dollar Man Steve Austin, Zorro, Vampirella, the Green Hornet and Kato, Captain Victory, Silver Star, and the Phantom, all to face off in a final showdown with Ming the Merciless, Queen Flor Zora, Kulan Gath, Lydia Valcallan, General Tara, and Doctor Moreau.
It’s as fun as it sounds, and could only happen at Dynamite Comics, which carries the licenses to so many classic titles. And it’s just the first of several series with these classic characters in their newest and most creative incarnations–a “what if” where they all rub elbows in the 19th century instead of the 1930s to 1970s.
The best character development in the series is that of Red Sonja, who has spells leaving her to think she is actually the mild and citified Magna Spadarossa, Sonja’s sister. By the end of the series her primitive side breaks through and she is the savage we’re all familiar with. A close second is Willingham’s Six Thousand Dollar Man and his then-pricey 19th century prosthetics–our favorite borg in print from 2014. Designer Johnny Desjardins and artist Sergio Fernandez Davila created a visually stunning setting, and Willingham’s fun take on the characters makes the series one of the best steampunk stories to enter the comic book medium.
The trade edition includes the full mini-series plus the script to Issue #1, Johnny Desjardins’ costume design plates for the main characters, and 31 covers and cover variants used on the series.
Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure, the trade paperback edition, is available now from your local comic book store or via pre-order at Amazon.com here.