Bill Willingham to Get 'Legenderry' for Dynamite

"Fables" writer Willingham to create, write seven-issue series that reimagines classic characters in Steampunk mode.
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Everything old is…well, newly old again in the latest of Dynamite Entertainment's big New York Comic Con–related announcements, as the publisher brings in writer Bill Willingham -- whose smash Fables series for DC's Vertigo imprint predated much of the fairy-tales-in-the-real-world trend -- for a new series that re-creates its characters in the Steampunk genre.

"This is a story where I get to have my cake and eat it, too," Willingham said of Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure. "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." Amongst those characters are the Green Hornet, Flash Gordon and Vampirella, alongside lesser-known creations like Jack Kirby's Captain Victory, all of whom will be reinvented in the updated-Victorian style for the seven-issue series.

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Described as "one of the most talented, hardworking, and innovative creators in our industry" by Dynamite's CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci, Willingham has been quietly developing what he calls Legenderry's "world in which the great heroes of our stories live in the flesh" for four years, with artist Johnny Desjardins developing the visual look of the characters for Sergio Fernandez Davila to illustrate in the series itself.

Legenderry launches in January 2014, with the first issue available in comic book stores and online.