9:15am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Barbarella' Returning as Comic Book for First Time in Decades
Pop culture icon Barbarella is making a comeback, three decades after her last appearance.
As first announced last year, Dynamite Entertainment will be reviving the beloved 1960s comic book character — immortalized on film in a 1968 adaptation starring Jane Fonda — with the publisher on Monday revealing plans for a brand-new series written by The Girl With All the Gifts novelist Mike Carey.
The new series will be the first new Barbarella material since 1982's Le Miroir aux Tempetes, as well as the first U.S.-created Barbarella material ever published. The new material will be overseen by Jean-Marc Lofficier, along with Julien Forest, the son of original creator Jean-Claude Forest.
In a statement released by Dynamite, Carey said, "In the 1960s, Jean-Claude Forest's Barbarella was a character who helped to define her era — the first emancipated heroine for a decade that questioned all rules and moral codes. I'm hugely excited to be involved in reinventing this classic and iconic character for the modern age, and introducing her to many readers who weren't even alive when she first traveled the spaceways."
Added Dynamite senior editor Matt Idelson, "I can't begin to express my pride in getting to be part of the first new adventures of Barbarella in decades, and I'm excited for all the comics readers who don't know of her exploits and are going to want to find the original material after reading this book."
In addition to the new comic book series, Dynamite plans to develop the property in other media, including art books and statues, according to the company. The new Barbarella comic book will launch this fall, with more details (including the announcement of the comic's artist) to follow.