04/16/15 @ 12:44 pm EST
As we get closer to the launch of Dynamite’s
all-female written and lead summer eventSwords of Sorrow
, Byron Brewer
caught up with writer Leah Moore
to talk about her three-part miniseries Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris / Irene Adler.
Cover art by Jay Anacleto
.BYRON BREWER: Leah, how does it feel to be a part of this special event saluting the Women of Dynamite, AND to be hand-picked to write this portion of it by its architect, Gail Simone?LEAH MOORE:
It feels fantastic. The line-up of talent is extremely humbling to be included in, and the characters Gail has got for us all to write are just amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crossover like it. Gail is really good at this kind of project, and she makes it look really easy, but writing the main story, and then coordinating all the other stories that are weaving into the main one? That’s so hard to do, keeping all the plates spinning. She’s a badass though. It makes you up your game to be writing alongside her. No slacking!BB: This miniseries features two strong women characters, with Dejah Thoris being one of the most popular at Dynamite. Were you a fan of either heroine before this project?LM:
Well I’ve co-written two Sherlock Holmes OGN’s with my husband John Reppion, so I’m well steeped in the whole Holmes mythology. I think when we were writing them (The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon
) we were very self conscious and didn’t want to do a second rate job, we wanted to make sure they could stand up next to the original Holmes mysteries. We have gradually loosened up, as people came and said they enjoyed those books, so when I heard I was writing Irene Adler, I thought okay, this time I can really relax and have some fun.Dejah Thoris, I was aware of from the phenomenal run she has had at Dynamite, but I had never read the novels themselves. I’ve started reading them now though, she is a fantastic character. The costume she wears can distract people I think, because when you first meet her in the novels, it’s really clear that she is in charge, she has the upper hand, it’s John Carter that is trying to work out how things work. I have been having great fun writing her. She is awesome.BB: Irene Adler has been a lot of things in her seemingly young life: fugitive, master of disguise, the quintessential femme fatale. What role does she play here? As writer, give us your perception of who Adler is.LM:
Well the thing Adler is known for is that Sherlock Holmes really rates her. The great Detective says she is unparalleled among womankind, that she matches him in her powers of reasoning, and resourcefulness. This and the fact that she’s a Prima Donna opera singer, an Adventuress and can actually beat Holmes at his own game, most notably in Scandal in Bohemia
, made me want to write her as a female Holmes but without the social restrictions. Holmes is known for being weird and awkward and obsessive. I wanted Adler to show that it’s possible to be a badass genius with mad fencing skills and super fast reflexes, and still be capable of human interaction and emotion. Having spent so long trying to be as careful and reverential as possible with the canonical Holmes, I love the feeling that I can poke and prod the mythos and see if it stands up to modern eyes and Adler is great for that!Irene Adler is a fixer, a brain-for-hire who will go and sort out any sticky or strange situation with deftness and aplomb. She is not afraid to ask people why they want something doing, and she judges the situation as she goes along. I would say she is not 100% trustworthy and good, she is not 100% nice, but she is a really fascinating character to write!BB: For all her flaunted sexuality, Dejah Thoris of Mars has always been, at least in the modern comics, a strong and quite capable woman. What threat is she facing on Barsoom as our story begins here?LM:
Dejah Thoris is only flaunting her sexuality by Earth or Jasoomian standards. On Barsoom she is wearing the equivalent of jeans and a t-shirt.Burroughs took the idea of a white man turning up in some remote village and being utterly amazed to see the women’s breasts out in the fresh air, and transposed it into the fantasy pulp world. It’s a classic trope, where the young dashing man is sent to a planet where the natives only wear cling film and demand lessons in Earth Kissing.The difference with Dejah is that from the start she is not impressed with John Carter. She finds him gauche, bumbling and socially awkward with his total lack of Barsoomian manners. Yes she succumbs to his Jasoomian wiles eventually, but she is not just a good looking girl to drape over his arm. She is written as a smart regal woman who can handle herself in a fight, and I’m so happy to write that character!When we meet her she doesn’t know where her husband is, as he has been missing since the last Dynamite arc finished, she has had a weird black and silver sword delivered, her right hand man Tars Tarkas has vanished, a huge statue of Red Sonja has appeared, and then a mad gunman appears and starts taking pot shots at the people of Helium. Dejah is understandably vexed by all this, and the first time we see her, she is in full on battle mode. No royal manners, no nice conversation, just a chip on her shoulder and a mean right hookBB: Now will this be a “vs” book, a “team-up” book or just two women sharing the same title in separate stories. If they do come together, can you hint at how that comes about?LM:
I wanted to fling them together explosively, because they are both women who know their own minds and do not suffer fools gladly. Trouble is, if you fling them together at the start, then they can’t just battle for three whole issues, people would get bored. Also Gail wanted a mystery story from me, and I couldn’t see them both walking about like something from Scooby Doo
together, so I had to wrench them apart for a bit. Don’t worry, I keep it all fast and fun. And then presumably they have to find each other again, right? And do they like each other then, or are they still not happy? Too much fun writing this. Too much fun.BB: What does artist Francesco Manna bring to the table here?LM:
He is the most incredible draughtsman, his pages flow really well, his lines are so full of life and bounce, there is not a dead panel, or a dead bit of a panel, the guy is amazing. His women are soooo gorgeous, he can do all the facial acting a writer could ask for, he doesn’t mind detail, he handles insanely twiddly architecture like it’s just some easy blobby trees at the back, his costumes are really fun and exciting, and if I write a document in, (and I do that, in these Holmes books) he draws the document and puts in all the pictures and lettering and makes it all look amazing. I am so lucky to have him. I know that whatever I put in there, it’s in safe hands. I can really push things, do big panels, big scenes, epic scale, and he can handle it. To be honest I’ve probably not tried hard enough. Maybe I’ll make #3 a real challenge…
01/16/19 @ 8:50 pm EST
As we prepare for our 15th Anniversary celebrations for 2019, Dynamite Entertainment is partnering with Humble Bundle to offer fans unbeatable deals on great series from our extensive library of characters with some of the best creators in the industry. Dynamite has never offered fans a bigger bundle! That's right, this is our biggest bundle ever!
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Not only are these offerings so incredible to reward existing readers and bring in new fans, but proceeds from the promotion will be contributed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The CBLDF is a non-profit charity with a mission of protecting creators, publishers and more in the comics medium when their rights are threatened.
Humble Bundle's "Pay What You Want" structure allows readers to scale their purchase to their budget or their desired contribution to the charity. Multiple tiers offer the chance for up to 330+ issues - adding up to almost 10,000 pages!! Plus deluxe art books and other goodies. Normally all these goodies could cost readers over $1,270!
Excitingly, the bundle also offers fans previews of the just around the corner releases of RED SONJA #1 from Mark Russell & Mirko Colak and ARMY OF DARKNESS / BUBBA HO-TEP from Scott Duvall & Vincenzo Federici.
Comics included in this bundle feature the absolute greatest writers and artists of this modern era of comic books. The endless list of top tier talents includes Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Kevin Smith, Mark Millar, Robert Kirkman, Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Warren Ellis, Mark Waid, Garth Ennis, J. Michael Straczynski, Greg Pak, Kurt Busiek, Jim Starlin, Kelly Thompson and SO MANY MORE!
01/10/19 @ 10:11 pm EST
Dynamite announces an ongoing set of "Seduction" variants for every issue of the upcoming RED SONJA series from acclaimed artist Bob Q! Each cover will pit Sonja against classic mystical myths...sirens, nymphes, sorceresses, goddesses and more! As illustrated in a deadly yet seductive style, as only an artist as Bob could do it.
"Bob Q is one of the most dynamic and prolific artists in comics," says Red Sonja series editor Nate Cosby. "From THE GREEN HORNET '66 MEETS THE SPIRIT to JAMES BOND ORIGIN to THE LONE RANGER, Bob's unique art and color are a pleasure for the eyes, and his take on Red Sonja covers will be a sight to behold every month!"
Fans should ask their Local Comic Shop whether they ordered copies of Bob's cover for issue #1. Final Order Cutoff for the issue will be Monday, February 14. Fans and retailers can now order RED SONJA #2, by Mark Russell(The Flintstones) and Mirko Colak (Conan), in the March 2019 copy of Diamond's Previews.
The other stunning covers for the first issue include the incomparable works of Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn), Christian Ward (Thor), Frank Cho (Wonder Woman) and a cosplay variant featuring model Jesyka Rose.
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12/20/18 @ 2:02 pm EST
Dynamite announces a new epic comic based on the hotly anticipated upcoming video game Obey Me. Depicting the adventures of Soul Huntress Vanessa Held and her loyal Hellhound companion Monty, stuck between a war of angels, demons and all those used as pawns or caught up in the crossfire. Obey Me #0 will release March 2019.
The never ending back and forth between Heaven and Hell has been chronicled across all media for centuries upon centuries. Though none have ever captured it quite likeObey Me. The comic book will feature an exciting creative team. Including writer Mario Mentasti, who is also the lead writer of the video game, making this comic an authentic companion experience. Joining him on art is comics legend Ben Herrera (X-Men) and Emmanuel Ordaz Torres. Herrera also drew two marvelous covers for this first issue.
Vanessa Held is a low-ranking lesser demon serving the Archduke of Greed, Ammon. She is tasked with serving his plans and collecting the sold souls of mortals. Join Mentasti, Herrera and Torres in following the occult quest of Vanessa and Monty.
The game is a top-down 3D action brawler, playable by one or two players published by Blowfish Studios and developed by Error 404 Game Studios. Obey Me will be available on PC and consoles. It features a variety of weapons and special abilities linked to an in-depth progression system.
Obey Me #0 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ January 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book ...
12/19/18 @ 4:37 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a full offering of Pathfinder items that will appeal to all kinds of fans. Whether they have been tabletop gaming since 1974, just picked up their first set of dice, or just appreciate stunning statues and high quality comic book storytelling – there is something here for everyone!
First and foremost is the first-ever resin statue for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The next step in the years long strong partnership between Dynamite and Paizo Inc. following years of adapting and expanding the game's lore in comic book form. The limited-edition statue depicts Seoni, one of the most popular heroes in the Pathfinder universe. She is a powerful Varisian spellcaster who was a no-brainer for a statue with her intricate tattoos and distinct clothing, hand-painted for collectors.
Seoni stands approximately a foot tall and is available in multiple variants. The "Spellcasting" version depicts Seoni harnessing her unique magic abilities with a plastic effect. A "Battle Ready" edition alternately gives her a staff and an altered pose. Offered for the first time are special "Diamond Eye" variants for both. Adding real diamonds for her pupils to make Seoni really shine and sparkle on the shelf. Only available in limited quantities, the "Diamond Eye" version is a true grail for collectors.
Also releasing are four Pathfinder: Worldscape
one-shots previously exclusive to Kickstarter. These fun crossovers bring Dynamite's flagship characters into the cross-dimensional Pathfinder universe. All with covers by Roberto Castro. Pathfinder: Worldscape - Dejah Thoris
is written by Christopher Paul Carey with art by Roberto Castro. Dejah and Tars Tarkas are investigating a gap in the memory of John Carter when they find themselves hurled across dimensions into a bloody conflict between the Council of Jungle Kings and a Technic League ...
12/19/18 @ 4:35 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of The Art of Dejah Thoris and the Worlds of Mars Volume 2. The hardcover collection features 280 pages of full color artwork from some of modern fantasy comics’ top illustrators. This highly anticipated follow up to the best-selling first volume includes cover art and pin-ups from Dynamite’s hugely popular Warlord of Mars and Dejah Thoris comic series. Featuring a cover by comic book legend Joe Jusko and including the talents of J. Scott Campbell, Frank Cho, Lucio Parillo, Tula Lotay, Mike McKone and many more, this magnificent tome is sure to impress.
Since the first serialized adventures in 1912 of the Martian Princess Dejah Thoris and her beloved hero, John Carter, science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts have dreamed of the faraway Red Planet (known to its inhabitants as Barsoom). Its wonderous sights and monstrous perils. In hundreds of full-color illustrations, the finest artists of modern fantasy have brought the dying world of Mars to life, depicting scenes of brutal conflict with alien beasts, quiet moments overlooking Martian wastes, and enticing visions of an exotic princess at her most intimate.
Dynamite is proud to have contributed to Dejah’s century-plus legacy with nearly a decade of fan-favorite comics starring her and John Carter. Including the just finished series by writer Amy Chu and artist Pasquale Qualano and the Barbarella/Dejah Thoris crossover miniseries from Leah Williams and Germán García launching just around the corner in January.
“Dejah Thoris has long been a core and treasured part of our comic book and merchandise lineup. We’ve been fortunate to work with some of the greatest artists working today on jaw ...
12/18/18 @ 7:00 pm EST
In life, Bettie Page was the undisputed queen of the pin-up. Her legacy has lived on through comic books for decades. In March 2019, Dynamite is celebrating with a special 32-page one-shot showcasing all the beautiful covers from the Dynamite comics.
Bettie Page is an icon and an influence the world over, not only to strong women, but also to creators including the painter Olivia, and in the comics market none so famously as Dave Stevens. Dave's influence for Betty in The Rocketeer is entirely based on Bettie Page. And Dave created a very iconic scene of Betty with a photographer for a pin-up shoot. Before, and moreso since then, Bettie has inspired comic book artists and fans all over. Since 2017, Dynamite Entertainment has brought fans the newly declassified super spy adventures of the globetrotting Bettie. Cleverly written by David Avallone (Elvira Mistress of the Dark) and a talented gang of artists including Julius Ohta (Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man) in the just launched ongoing series available now.
Though the stories and art inside of the comics are always what keep fans coming back to their favorites every month, sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. Fans have been gushing about the gorgeous covers that grace Dynamite’s Bettie Page issues. Such as Terry Dodson’s “reverse homage” for the first issue of the miniseries, drawing Bettie herself in the same situation as the Dave Stevens classic, ...
12/18/18 @ 7:01 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of Jennifer Blood Omnibus. The first four volumes of the happy homemaker by day / violent vigilante by night collected together for the first time. The 760-page tome comes from the brilliant minds of comic icon Garth Ennis and fan-favorite writer Al Ewing and is filled with the pulse-pounding action that made this one of Dynamite’s best-selling series.
Meet Jennifer Fellows, your average suburban housewife. Every day she makes breakfast, takes the kids to school, cleans the house, maps for an hour or two, makes dinner, puts the kids to bed, and kisses her husband goodnight then hopes the drugs she gave them in their dinner keep them asleep until morning. Meet Jennifer Blood, ruthless vigilante. Every night she stalks the underworld on a personal vendetta against organized crime, determined to obliterate the parasites and scum who run the city’s rackets. But, can she keep her dual life separate?
Besides Jennifer Blood, Ennis is the creator of the hit series Preacher, which is a live-action series for AMC having recently wrapped up it’s third season, and The Boyswhich is also being adapted for a television series that will start Karl Urban, Jack Quaid and Elizabeth Shue airing later in the year on Amazon Prime. When Ennis left the series, the baton was passed to The Immortal Hulkwriter, Al Ewing, who continued the characters successful run. Al also wrote the spinoff series The Ninjettes, about three college girls turned into silent killing machines. The collection also includes ...
12/18/18 @ 6:56 pm EST
Dynamite announces artist Ibrahim Moustafa (Mother Panic, The Flash) will be joining writer Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Fantastic Four) on the critically acclaimed James Bond Origin starting with issue #7. The kickoff to the "Russian Ruse" arc and the perfect jumping on point for new readers!
This next era for the series will also feature primary covers by the legendary Dan Panosian (X-Men).
Here are the solicitations details for the issue.
JAMES BOND ORIGIN #7
Rating: Teen +
Cover A: Dan Panosian
Cover B: Christian Ward
Cover C: Stephen Mooney
Cover D: Ibrahim Moustafa
Cover E: Bob Q
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
Page Count: 32 Pages
On Sale Date: 3/13/2019
A Norwegian supply ship carrying gold mysteriously sinks. A Russian crew claims the Nazis are responsible. Royal Navy Lieutenant James Bond suspects foul play.
Moustafa is a diehard 007 fan, having both written and drawn last year's James Bond: Solstice one-shot. Now he’s going way back in time to Bond’s early years in World War II with fan-favorite writer Jeff Parker.
"Jeff and I have been friends for years and I'm thrilled that we're finally working together,” said Moustafa. “James Bond is my favorite literary character, and to have a hand in the official Fleming canon of Bond's rise through the military ranks toward his destination of Double-0 status is nothing short of a dream come true. Our love for ...
12/18/18 @ 6:58 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment announces a reimagining of the iconic and bionic 1970s TV sensation, The Six Million Dollar Man. Starting in March 2019, writer Christopher Hastings (Gwenpool, Deadpool, Adventure Time) and artist David Hahn (Batman ’66, Bombshells) will traverse the globe with Colonel Steve Austin – and hopefully survive the experience!
The time: the 1970s. The place: Japan. Rather than a full team of highly trained soldiers, Japanese secret agent Niko Abe is sent one single man to help her on a mission. Though Steve Austin is not any ordinary man. They must stop a nefarious plan by a madman to exact revenge on the United States for decades-old conflicts.
Things go awry when everyone’s favorite atomic powered agent immediately finds his cybernetically altered body failing him. His $6 million enhancements – $23 million adjusted for inflation in 2018 – are dwindling in value and effectiveness. Any minute now he may be the Six Thousand Dollar Man. He must fight through it though, and against both samurai AND the KGB.
The Six Million Dollar Man #1 will feature colors by Roshan Kurchiyanil and letters by Ariana Maher. As well as covers from Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), Yasmine Putri (Nightwing), Francesco Francavilla (Batman) and Denis Medri (Red Hood/Arsenal).
“I know comics is ...
12/13/18 @ 8:22 pm EST
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