Red Sonja, Vampirella and Dejah Thoris just underwent a pretty big costume change.
Designed by Nicolea Scott, the three characters who once belonged to the raunchier comics scene in the '90s now appear more covered up, with their looks altered for a modern take on their iconic costumes.
Headed by Gail Simone (Batgirl, Deadpool), it should come as no surprise that the relaunch would lose the sexualized angle that made the comics so notorious during their original run and replaced with empowering imagery instead.
The redesigns come with a completely new artistic team that has changed the original details of each character to coincide with the new release.
Red Sonja will be written by Marguerite Bennett (Bombshells, A-Force) and illustrated by Aneke (Legenderry: Red Sonja, Damsels), and according to a press release will see the heroine, "return to her homeland of Hyrkania, only to find it changed into an almost unrecognizable landscape."
"It's an honor and a pleasure to be the new writer on a book as crazy and colorful as Red Sonja," says Bennett. "While I've never yet had the pleasure of working with Aneke, our phenomenal new artist, I cannot wait for us to make the big, bloody, sexy, sweeping splash."
Meanwhile, Dynamite's Warlord of Mars regular Dejah Thoris will finally receive her own ongoing series, helmed by Frank J. Barbiere (Avengers World), and will follow the Martian princess' self imposed exile as she discovers her own identity in a foreign land.
"This is a new start for Dejah Thoris, and I think our story is going to reignite the spark of what makes her great," Barbiere said in the press release. "It's a bold new take that really captures the spirit of Dejah."
Finally, the new Vampirella will be handled by Kate Leth (Adventure Time), and will explore what happens when the title character's costumed identity is unveiled to the public. Vampirella will use her new celebrity status to explore in private the link between "silver screen killers and a real conspiracy of monsters."
Designer Scott admitted to having a lot of fun with the character, adding that she hoped to see cosplayers eventually take up the new look.
"We could actually make her modern, with some retro influence, " she said. "I liked the idea of keeping her in a one-piece but making it a leather jumpsuit with her logo embroidered on the back. Part biker, part roller-derby."
Red Sonja #1 is scheduled to be released on Jan. 13, 2016, while the first issue of Dejah Thoris will make its debut sometime in February. Vampirella's first issue will make its appearance in March.