Bill Willingham Reimagines Some Classic Characters In LEGENDERRY: A STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE
Dynamite has announced a new seven-issue monthly crossover event from bestselling writer Bill Willingham (Fables) called Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure. The series, kicking off in January, will feature interior artwork by Sergio Fernandez Davila with covers by noted steampunk artist Joe Benitez.
The story is set in a world of iconic superheroes reimagined in a Victorian-style metropolis. The city is protected by the likes of Vampirella, the Green Hornet, and Kato. The series has been four years in the making, but fans will finally get a look at the wild world Willinghma has created. The writer said of the new venture “This is a story where I get to have my cake and eat it too. I get to work with some of my favorite characters from comic books, prose, and film, but also get to create brand new versions of each one of them. That way, I don’t have to make a single one of them fit in with all of the past continuity of those characters. I get the best of both situations. Plus, I built an entire new world in which to place those characters. World-building is one of the best parts of adventure storytelling. Legenderry is the name of the world, and it is in fact a world peopled with some of the greatest legends of adventure fiction. This is my first-ever foray into the Steampunk genre, so that’s another new adventure I get to go on as a writer.“
Some characters announced for the series so far are Vampirella, Green Hornet, Kato, Steve Austin The Six Million Dollar Man, Zorro, Silver Star, Captain Victory, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Red Sonja. The only story details released so far give us a decent idea of what’s in store:
The story begins in a massive Victorian-style metropolis, a city protected by Vampirella, the Green Hornet, and Kato. After a scarlet-clad woman of mystery rushes into a bar pursued by assassins, the resulting chaos spreads to other reimagined landscapes ripped from classic comic books, literature, and television, including the wild jungles of The Phantom, Flash Gordon’s futuristic haven of Landing, aerial combat alongside Captain Victory, and more. The action eventually leads to the Monstrous Lands, an unruly territory both lawless and sinister.
Dynamite also revealed two covers and some character designs for the steampunk versions of the characters mentioned above. Just to clarify, they are in order: Steve Austin, Captain Victory Flash Gordon, Green Hornet, Kato, The Phantom, Red Sonja, Silver Star, Vampirella, and Zorro What do you think about Willingham creating an entire Steampunk world full of iconic comic book characters?