Dynamite Entertainment owns three of the most badass—and sexiest—heroines in comics: Vampirella, Red Sonja, and Dejah Thoris. We’ll even pay them what we consider to be the highest of compliments: These warrior women are classic fightin’ females in the Heavy Metal cover-girl tradition.
Today, Dynamite announced that, starting in January, all three will sport new looks. We’ll cut to the chase. Vampirella’s improbable deep-V swimsuit—gone. Red Sonja’s chainmail bikini—gone. Dejah Thoris’ skimpy chains-n-pasties outfit—gone.
Here’s how the press release kicks off:
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that beloved comic book heroines Red Sonja, Vampirella, and Dejah Thoris will undergo bold new directions and costume redesigns in new monthly series debuting in the first quarter of 2016. Following narrative direction from Gail Simone, the fan-favorite author of this past summer’s Swords of Sorrow crossover epic, the new titles promise unexpected storylines for its headlining characters, delivered by some of today’s most innovative creators.
Artist Nicola Scott, the release continues, “designed the new look for these iconic characters, blending classic costume elements with the functional, action-ready designs that modern and diverse audiences long to see. ‘It’s an honor to reimagine these amazing, iconic women and be part of their ongoing legacy,’ Scott says.”
Among fans, there is always resistance to change—but the redesigns of these costumes seem to signal a shift away from the heroines’ pinup legacy. This, we are pretty sure, will not go over well with quite a few people.