FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
XENA ISSUES #5 - 8 RE-SOLICITED
Crucial "Dark Xena" Storyline Well Worth the Wait
February 07, 2007, Runnemede, NJ - DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT announced today that they are rescheduling the "Dark Xena" storyline (schedule to begin in Xena issue #5) and will be re-soliciting the issues beginning in the May Previews.
Dynamite explained, "While we do realize the inconvenience of canceling and re-soliciting, we hope that fans and retailers understand that this decision was made out of our dedication to quality and our loyalty to the property and fans. Response to Xena has been overwhelming as fans seem to truly recognize and appreciate the devotion and labor that our creators pour into each issue. We remain committed to the high standard that fans have become accustomed to-- especially when it comes to Xena, since the Warrior Princess has some of the most dedicated fans we've ever seen! In order to fulfill our commitment, we needed to take this step, and thank the fans and retailers for their continued support.
"This all came about as a result of moving Xena artist Fabiano Neves from Xena to the team up of 2007 -- Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness (you've seen the previews of Fabiano's Marvel Zombies/AOD, right?!? His rendition of the Marvel Zombies is so great it's scary- and vice versa!). Taking Fabiano's place on Xena, hot off his work on the Xena Annual, will be Noah Salonga, who really wowed everyone with his interiors for the Annual. Noah's work is incredibly meticulous, and the re-solicitation will allow him enough to time to provide fans with the quality they deserve."
The re-solicitation will take affect Xena #5, which begins the next Xena storyline, "Dark Xena -- the second Xena storyline from writer John Layman and the first for artist Noah Salonga. Taking place prior to the events in Dynamite's first four-issue storyline (the "Contest of Pantheons"), "Dark Xena" links the finale of the Xena television show with the all-new Dynamite comic book series. Longtime fans of the television series will note how Xena was introduced as a brutal villain but changed her evil ways and set out on a quest for redemption that ended when the warrior princess sacrificed her life to right the wrong she had committed many years ago. "Dark Xena" bridges the gap between the television series and the comic book series by featuring the sacrifices Xena's companions were willing to make for her to return, as well as the consequences of her resurrection.
Newsarama.com recently reviewed the debut issues of XENA, saying: "I like that fact that the scope of the book can go way beyond the confines of TV, and the creators seem to be embracing that."
Look for further information on the re-listing of "Dark Xena" in the week's to come.
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Dynamite plans to have incredible support for this release with house ads, Diamond Previews Ads, online ads through news websites, as well as prints ads in Comic Shop News!
ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling titles and properties. Beginning with their Army of Darkness comic book series - launching as the #1 independent comic in July of '04 - and recently ranked the #1 selling Independent Horror comic -- and continuing to their best-selling Red Sonja series - issue #0 alone selling over 240,000 copies and ongoing issues and one-shots recently ranked among the best-selling titles in unit sales and dollar volume - and not only has Dynamite consistently released Red Sonja as THE top selling single comic outside of Marvel and DC Comics, Dynamite successfully places more titles in the Top 100 than most non-Marvel, non-DC publishers. Dynamite's new monthly Battlestar Galactica series is the company's first major launch of '06, debuting with an impressive 175,000 copies in initial orders sold for the introductory #0 issue. Dynamite's ongoing Highlander comic book series launched to excess of 100,000 copies sold for issue #0. The recently released The Lone Ranger #1 sold out on its first day in comic shops, went in to an immediate 2nd printing, and the 2nd printing sold out from Dynamite!
Now, in addition to the ongoing Red Sonja and AOD series, DYNAMITE has released the all-new Battlestar Galactica comic by Greg Pak and Nigel Raynor - launching with a specially priced #0 issue, having sold in excess of 175,000 copies and recently featured in the pages of TV Guide, A classic Battlestar Galactica comic book series, Xena by John Layman and Fabiano Neves, a Darkman vs. the Army of Darkness mini-series and is preparing the Lone Ranger with Brett Matthews and John Cassaday - and Dynamite has more on the horizon!
In addition to the creators mentioned - Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics, including Alex (Justice) Ross, John (Astonishing X-Men) Cassaday, Michael (Superman/Batman, Aspen Comics) Turner, Jim (All-Star Batman) Lee, Michael (Red Sonja) Avon Oeming, Mike (Red Sonja/X-Men) Carey, Jim (Justice) Kruegar, Greg (The Incredible Hulk) Pak, Brett (Serenity, The Lone Ranger) Matthews - as well as working with up and coming new talent and enhancing strong creators!
The company also produces new and classic material from such creators as Paul Gulacy and Doug Moench's Six from Sirius, Tim Truman's Scout, Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso's Borderline and other titles including Jim Starlin's Dreadstar, in addition to reprint editions of classic Red Sonja material and more.
For updated information on Dynamite Entertainment and their titles, please visit the Dynamite website at www.dynamiteentertainment.com