Dynamite is kicking off their New York Comic-Con announcements with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Princess of Mars. Writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) will take on the new Dejah Thoris series that will kick off with a $.25 cent #0 issue to start the new year. The last $.25 cent #0 issue the publisher did was Sheena #0 which sold more than 120,000 copies. Interiors for the book will be done by Pasquale Qualano and covers by Jay Anacleto, J. Scott Campbell and Sergio Davila.
The series will work as a prequel to A Princess of Mars, focusing on the Dejah expedition into the Gardens of Mars on a mission to save her dying planet. But her plans go awry when she meets a Green Martian prisoner.
Writer Amy Chu says, “Dejah Thoris has always been a complex character, with the bearing of a princess, the mind of a scientist, and the heart of a Red Martian trying to save her dying planet. This new series is a Dejah Thoris story, not a John Carter story, and could be considered a prequel to The Princess of Mars – an adventure of the purest sort, like Indiana Jones, but on Mars.”
Burroughs’ classic characters, Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Mars, and her beloved hero, John Carter, debuted in 1912. While Dejah initially appeared as the love interest of John Carter, the strong and talented royal always stood on her own, often venturing into danger or battle and serving as a template for later strong, independent science fiction heroines such as Princess Leia of Star Wars and Neytiri of James Cameron’s Avatar.
Dejah Thoris #0 will be solicited in the November 2017 Previews catalog and slated is for release in January 2018.