Interview: Barbarella Bares Her Soul In New Series

The Siren of Space returns for a series of all-new adventures in an all-new Barbarella #1 (MAY210758) from Dynamite Comics by a dynamic new creative team! Multi-award-winning author SARAH HOYT and rising star artist MADIBEK MUSABEKOV are at the controls as Barbarella leaves spacedock on a new mission fraught with unseen layers of danger, duplicity, and perhaps a dose of romance!  In the following interview, we find out how Hoyt and Musabekov will take Barbarella's high concept sci-fi and have it reach the depths of the human soul. (No, really!) Keep reading...

So... Barbarella is a badass space babe, right? What draws you to this iconic character?

Madibek Musabekov: Yes, she really is an iconic character! I love her classic space opera vibe with elements of retro-futurism. I'm very interested in how it will be combined with my realistic style. Hopefully, I can add some freshness to it.

Sarah Hoyt: She lives life on her own terms and finds a way to make what she wants happen. Also, she cares for others who are less capable than herself. She is, in fact, the type of person you could drop into the middle of a 1984-type dystopia and shatter it because she simply wouldn’t leave “well enough alone.”

Sarah, you're relatively new to comics, yet a very established writer through your novels. For fans who may be new to your work, would you like to give us a quick rundown of your writing and perhaps one recommendation for Barbarella fans to check out while they wait for the first issue?

Sarah: My novels career started in 2001 with a “Magical Shakespeare” series (don’t ask) which was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award. Since then, I’ve sold (I think, I don’t want to try to count them again...) 34 novels, in science fiction, fantasy, mystery, etc. Fans of Barbarella would/will probably enjoy Darkship Thieves. They might also enjoy my fantasy novel Draw One In The Dark.

 We hear Barbarella now has a cute talking pet! What can you tell us about Vyx?

Sarah: I have a friend who teases me about ridiculously cute animals/children/aliens in various stories. Vyx is a fennec fox of sorts, but alien, so she can say some words – say at toddler level – but as proven in a few twists in the plot, she might be more than she seems, and perhaps we’re not absolutely sure who the pet is in this situation...

Madibek: A cute pet is always a great idea! There will be a lot of fun in the new comic.

Like any great space-faring tale, Barbarella is going to be rocketing around several unique planets and environments. What can you guys tell us about the backstory and designs of these scenic settings?


Sarah: I took this as my license to play with visual settings and also with some classic science fiction tropes. Barbarella is set in a far distant and unimaginably wealthy future, which gives me the opportunity to have even more fun. In the first two issues, we have a resort world where very rich people retire or take refuge. We have crazy buildings and winding walkways in an incredibly lush and beautiful world. The second one is Encantado named after a South American underwater paradise, in which the inhabitants can breathe underwater. These people can also deploy tentacles on demand. The third is a world inhabited entirely by robots, where we discover that sex – and love -- is more than a matter of the body. Then there’s Rio – a fun or perhaps “carnival” world. And the last one looks like a very decadent Shanghai. Anyway, very varied and it should give us some amazing visuals. Besides getting Barbs into some very interesting forms of trouble.

Madibek: I just started designing these fantastical worlds. But I like that the story gives a wide scope for imagination. I hope that the readers will be satisfied with the result.

This series will also delve into sci-fi questions of romance and sexuality. Which seems like a perfect fit for the character. What can you tease about these parts of the story? Without spoilers!

Sarah: Barbarella is of course herself, which means both incredibly attractive and very willing to share herself, both for purposes, and because she wants to, enjoys it, and finds it a good way to smooth over misunderstandings and problems and draw closer to people. Now, there is an overarching romance through this series. It’s not what you expect, but it is very much what works for Barbarella.

Barbarella #1 (MAY210758) is available to pre-order from your local comic shop now. It arrives July 14, 2021. 

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(W) Sarah Hoyt (A) Madibek Musabekov (CA) Lucio Parrillo
The Siren of Space returns for a series of all-new adventures by a dynamic new creative team!  Multi-award winning author SARAH HOYT and rising star artist MADIBEK MUSABEKOV are at the controls as Barbarella leaves space dock on a new mission fraught with unseen layers of danger, duplicity and perhaps a dose of romance!  Camelot is home to the rich and powerful class seeking escape from an increasingly crowded and decaying galactic empire.  Desperate clandestine transmissions from an enslaved underclass bring Barbarella to investigate, uncovering secrets that lead to more secrets-and the distinct possibility that someone knew she was coming.  High concept sci-fi meets the greatest aspects of the human soul in a series that will reveal wonders that both terrify and delight, plus covers by fan-favorites LUCIO PARILLO, DERRICK CHEW, BRIAN BOLLAND and more!
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99
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(W) Sarah Hoyt (A) Madibek Musabekov (CA) Lucio Parrillo
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(W) Sarah Hoyt (A) Madibek Musabekov (CA) Brian Bolland
Get Brian Bolland's cover for Barbarella #1 free of trade dress with this Limited, Virgin Edition!
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(W) Sarah Hoyt (A) Madibek Musabekov (CA) Derrick Chew
Get Derrick Chew's cover for Barbarella #1 free of trade dress with this Limited, Virgin Edition!
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(W) Sarah Hoyt (A) Madibek Musabekov (CA) Lucio Parrillo
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(W) Mike Carey (A) Kenan Yarar, Jorge Fornes (CA) Kenneth Rocafort
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(W) Mike Carey (A) Kenan Yarar, Donny Hadiwidjaja (CA) Marco D'Alfonso
Barbarella's never ending quest to repair her ship's regulator and be on her way takes a detour to Falladim, where there's a rush on for R.U.S.T.-Radically Unstable Space-Time! The rarest and most valuable stuff in the universe, even Barbarella can't resist its mighty call. But competition brings out the worst in humans and aliens alike, and the Siren of Space is about to see what the worst really is!
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Barbarella has been lied to. Worse, she's been weaponized, and someone's going to answer for that, for sure. (Well, assuming she survives the judgement of the Esseverine sun-giants, and an armada of a thousand ships...)
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