Saturday, October 10, 2015

New direction for classic DEJAH THORIS at Dynamite Entertainment

from the official press release . . . . .

     Dejah Thoris, a royal warrior who has served as a major supporting cast member of Dynamite's various Warlord of Mars series as well as the star of several solo Dejah Thoris series, will appear in a new #1 issue this coming February, courtesy of writer Frank J. Barbiere (Avengers WorldSolar: Man of the Atom).  As described by Gail Simone, Dejah Thoris would present a fall from grace for the Martian princess, as she embarks on a self-imposed exile, assuming a new identity and enlisting as a rookie soldier on the farthest, deadliest borders of her Barsoomian civilization.

DejahRedesign2015 NicolaScott     Barbiere says, "I am truly honored to be writing Dejah Thoris, a character with such a robust history and celebrated pulp pedigree.  I'm a big fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and to be able to contribute to the canon of one of his most celebrated characters is really exciting.  This is a new start for Dejah Thoris, and I think our story is going to reignite the spark of what makes her great.  It's a bold new take that really captures the spirit of Dejah as a dynamic, interesting, and capable character while exploring her past in a way that fans new and old won't expect."

     "Dejah Thoris was about playing with themes and the Barsoom aesthetic," says costume designer Nicola Scott.  "Plaited leathers, swooping, organic shaped armour, and gossamer fabrics seemed the right place to start. It was just a matter of playing around with shapes and proportions until it came together."

     Dejah Thoris, a "Princess of Mars", debuted as the eponymous heroine of Edgar Rice Burroughs' original John Carter story (A Princess of Mars, dated 1912). While the love interest of the world-displaced Confederate soldier, the strong and talented royal never stood on the sidelines, often venturing into danger or battle -- and thus serving as a template for later science fiction heroines such as Princess Leia of Star Wars and Neytiri of James Cameron's Avatar.  Since her debut in comic books in 2010, she has been an adventurous mainstay at the company.

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