When an ages-old vampire conflict engulfs the rural Georgia towns of Ashethorn and Sacred, Dynamite's devilish anti-hero Vampirella will enlist a team of fellow vampire vixens to investigate and intervene in a new spin-off series titled sacredsix, as announced at ComicsPRO.
Writer Christopher Priest, main series artist Gabriel Ibarra, and artist Jae Lee will assemble a team of six characters from around Vampirella's mythos (with occasional appearances from Vampi herself), comprised of a newly revamped version of Pantha who is now a panther who can become a woman rather than vice versa; a new version of Draculina now named Victory; Nyx; Chastity of Chaos! Comics fame; Lilith of Drakulon; and a mysterious, unnamed sixth member.
Joining Priest, Ibarra, and Lee on the sacredsix creative team are colorist Mohan and letterer Willie Shubert. Lee will draw an interior sequence that will be spread across the series' first five issues, showing the new origin of Pantha.
"Enter: a tale of two towns in rural Georgia. One is Ashthorne, an impoverished farming town with a deadly secret. Otherwise known as 'Vampire Valley,' most of its citizens are vampires and sundry other ghouls, though not by choice or blood," reads Dynamite's description of the series. "These once-human victims are now shunned by society in the open but live peacefully and just want to be left alone to live their lives in peace. Meanwhile, the bright and shiny Sacred is a recently 'manufactured' community lorded over by staunch conservatives for the express purpose of oppressing and ultimately destroying Ashthorne’s residents. This tension will escalate as the series progresses, and instigate the arrival of the group of heroines…"
"In a thematic mashup of True Blood and Sons of Anarchy, sacredsix is a multifaceted morality play and tale of two cities examining the conflict between human and inhuman, science and magic, agnosticism and faith, war and peace," it continues. "Good and evil can be found all around, often coexisting. With this cast of complex characters with ever-shifting allegiances, anything can happen."
“I can see the headlines now: ‘Priest Returns To Black Panther!’ We are birthing a (literally) different animal and expansion of our version of the Vampirella shared universe,” said Priest in the series announcement. “Jae and I have made several attempts to develop something together,” added Priest. “I am totally psyched to have finally found the right project for us.”
“This mix of characters in diverse situations can be a challenge, but I’m putting all my effort into every single page," added Ibarra. "To be working with a legend like Priest is hard to even describe. He has such a clear vision through his scripts and I’m grateful to be bringing them to the page. I’m excited for fans to see what we’re doing!”
“Not many creators reach legendary status. Christopher Priest is a legend and I'm honored to be working with him and Dynamite,” said Lee.
sacredsix #1 is due out in May.