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10/25/15 @ 4:33 am EST
Source: Bleeding Cool | Categories: Swords of Sorrow


Writer and event architect Gail Simone has done up a commentary for the final issue of the Swords of Sorrow series:

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Before I get into the meat of this issue, I just wanted to give some thanks to artist Sergio Davila, who did such an amazing job on this impossible assignment. He had to draw Mars and Shanghai and Mexican pyramids and Dracula and tanks and dinosaurs and dozens of female heroines and he just killed on it. It was a joy, no matter what I asked for, he threw himself into it. This issue, basically has everything but the kitchen sink, it’s an artist’s nightmare and he did such a beautiful job. Artists like this are what you dream of. Thank you, Sergio!

PAGE ONE: Okay, this is probably a little embarrassing, but Jane Porter’s goodbye letter to her husband, Tarzan, might be my favorite bit of writing in the whole series. When I was a kid, I read whatever fantasy novels came my way, and I managed to find a series of E.R.B. stuff, including Tarzan and John Carter, but also obscure stuff like the Mucker. I was wild for it. And I loved the stories that featured Jane and Korak.So that’s the message, if you make yourself enough of a pest, eventually someone asks you to write your childhood favorites.A big, noisy story like this, it’s difficult to get quiet moments. The interplay between the bombast and Jane’s sincere love for her husband moves me, I feel that in my own life when I’m at cons, sometimes. The crowds can be ferocious, love keeps me tranquil.

PAGE TWO: Pantha is one of the characters I would love to have spotlighted more, she’s a very interesting concept. I made it up to her by making her a key figure at a couple key spots in this finale. There weren’t a lot of characters like her when she was created.

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PAGE THREE: I wanted my first big crossover that I was steering to end in one of those huge battles. I don’t think people would have blinked if they had been dudes, but it was a bit off-putting for some for us to end with a war with these characters. I get that, but for me, it was something I think we really wanted to see…that kind of mash-up that had never been attempted before with these characters. I love having Jennifer Blood and Irene Adler fighting on the same page.

PAGE FOUR: I didn’t care much for Purgatori when I first read her stories, they didn’t really speak to me and she should have been right up my alley. But I grew to really like her, and was kind of sad she didn’t have a redemption moment.

PAGE SEVEN: Same with the other Chaos ladies, I wasn’t a big fan, but grew to really like them.

PAGE EIGHT: PANTHA vs. BAD KITTY! See, I know, I’m a child. But I like this stuff, I was waiting for this panel since I took on the project.

PAGE ELEVEN: Of all the relationships in the book, the one I wrote with the most friction was Sonja and Dejah. I figured Sonja would hate Dejah’s guts (she doesn’t like royals). But something about them kept making me write how they learned from each other. Dejah sounds downright Hyrkanian here.

PAGE TWELVE: Another thing I had in mind since the start–Sonja and Dejah riding Nazi motorcycles. Comics, it is a fun business, you guys.Also, fun twist here at the bottom of the page.

PAGE THIRTEEN: The Green Hornet and Kato, that’s another series I want to write someday. When I was a kid, I could never figure out why the sidekicks were so much cooler than the mentors. I loved Robin more than Batman, Tonto more than the Ranger, and Kato…well, Kato was just the coolest of them all. This isn’t the Bruce Lee version, it’s Kevin Smith’s, but she was still a load of fun.

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PAGE SEVENTEEN: Look. I just love giant superfast Barsoomian dog lizards, all right?

PAGE EIGHTEEN: And Jungle Girl comes back with friends. I love this page. One of the tricky things in plotting this is that the characters are already badasses, they are already veterans. Having Jungle Girl as more inexperienced allowed her to be a P.O.V. character, which Marguerite Bennett helped flesh out in the RED SONJA VS. JUNGLE GIRL mini.

PAGE NINETEEN: Don’t mess with Vampirella.

PAGE TWENTY: About TIME! Bye, Prince! I have read a few people who thought that was my voice coming out of Vampirella’s mouth. Nope. I like blogs. It’s pure Vampi, she’s got little use for people like the Prince.

PAGE TWENTY-ONE: I always wanted it to end with a cocktail party. This is probably the most clear bit of wish fulfillment for me. Wouldn’t you love to have a table at THAT party? Kato, Vampi, Dejah, Sonja, Miss Fury, Irene Adler, Jane Porter…I’d never want to leave.

PAGE TWENTY-TWO: And that’s that…thank you for reading the series!We got wonderful support from readers, critics and retailers, and a project like this was probably unthinkable even fifteen years ago.

I really am grateful we got to do it, and so grateful to the writers (the She-Vengers!) and artists who worked so hard to make it happen.

And a huge thank you to everyone at Dynamite, they threw themselves into this idea with some real courage.

THANK ALL YOU GUYS!

Cover art by Tula Lotay, Emanuela Lupacchino
11/24/20 @ 3:29 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite announces a duo of romantic special one-shots for February, starring its flagship heroines, Red Sonja and Vampirella. Fans will think Cupid is hiding in their pull list!

The She-Devil With a Sword celebrates the season in a special story by Bill Willingham (Fables, Robin) and Giuessepe Cafaro (Catwoman, Suicide Squad). The creative duo reunites following their collaboration on the Vampirella: Trial of the Soul one-shot that featured the first appearance of Prester John.

Sonja is faced with the ultimate dilemma, as her arch-nemesis, Kulan Gath is suddenly... her greatest admirer? Is there more at play here than her eyes can see? Sonja will face her greatest challenge resisting the urge to kill a love that can not die.

In addition to the perfect fit of Joseph Michael Linsner for a cover, and a cosplay photo from Savannah Polson, Jimmy Broxton joins with a genius cover homaging the classic romance comics of earlier eras.

Over in a terrifying alternate reality and Vampirella's special, the Daughter of Drakulon has married Dracula and the world faces a dark crisis like no other. The king of the vampires has subjected humanity to cattle for his people, and his bride has sworn a sacred oath to him. However, hope survives with a rebellion brewing in the shadows. Who is the mysterious Bloodwing and why does Dracula fear her so much? And will she return in future stories? (Yes!)

Prolific Vampirella writer Tom Sniegoski brings in comics newcomer Jeannine Acheson to co-write this tale ripped from the Book of Prophecy, following successful collaborations in prose. They're joined by rising artist Marco Ramos.

Sniegoski added, “Working on any Vampirella project is something ...

11/24/20 @ 3:24 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Everyone's favorite She-Devil With a Sword, Red Sonja, is back in the new series Sonjaversal this February - but this time she's joined by many, many Sonja's of all colors and more!

Critically acclaimed writer Christopher Hastings (Unbelievable Gwenpool, Adventure Time), artist Pasquale Qualano (Dejah Thoris), and letterer/designer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou have assembled to depict this cataclysmic crisis threatening the entire multiverse. This self-described "most important comic book to ever come out in the history of the world" cannot be missed by fans of crossovers and mashups that dial it up to eleven.

"My favorite projects are the ones where I ask 'How are they letting me do this?' and in this case, Dynamite isn't just letting me do this, they've explicitly asked me to," said writer Christopher Hastings. "Our mission with Sonjaversal is to go as big as possible, and our only enemy is restraint. That said, I'm just the writer, and I can say things like 'Red Sonja jumps out of Blue Sonja's helicopter to drive her sword through Giant Ape Sonja's gargantuan skull!' all day, but it means nothing without Pasquale to make it look amazing. I can't wait for everyone to see what he does with this comic."

It's roll call time. The classic Red Sonja that everyone knows and loves going back nearly 50 years is front and center of course. This time she's joined by Blue Sonja, ripped right out of a 1980s action blockbuster, with big guns, a big bike, and bigger explosions. How about Green Sonja, aka the She-Devil With a Dinosaur? Or mecha pilot Sonja? Others that fans will meet include Orange Sonja, Saint Sonja, Hell Sonja, and countless others. Only limited by ...

11/23/20 @ 10:36 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

David Finch's official debut drawing a Red Sonja cover is now available exclusively on Indiegogo right now!

Finch's illustrations have graced nearly every major character and title at the biggest publishers, and yet he has never once drawn the She-Devil With a Sword in an official capacity. Dynamite is correcting that for fans today, with a stunning special edition available in a range of versions and with even more extras to complete the collection.

With its stunning colors by frequent collaborator Frank D'Armata, fans can get the cover with all the traditional trade dress, without that as a "virgin" edition, enhanced with a special metal treatment, or as a black and white line art version showcasing David's legendary skills. The Indiegogo campaign also offers reward tiers for combo packs, signatures, CGC grading, a ready to print lithograph, and even a limited number of original sketches.

A special virgin line art cover will only be available to backers in the first 48 hours!

The new cover will be printed on the yet to release Red Sonja: The Price of Blood #1. This new series is an early chapter of the She-Devil's adventures, featuring a less refined and more bloodthirsty Hyrkanian heroine. Experience Sonja scribe Luke Lieberman teams up with fan-favorite artist Walter Geovani for a tale guaranteed to be full of action.

David Finch got his start in comics over 25 years ago in 1994. The young superstar started in the Top Cow stable assisting and then taking over from Marc Silvestri on Cyberforce. While still at Image and debuting on rankings of top tier artist, David took his talents to Aphrodite IX and his creator-owned title Ascension. As the new century dawned, Marvel took notice of the rising star and attached him ...

11/17/20 @ 3:29 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment Presents “Dynamite Women” Sale With Groupees!

Dynamite is soon to unveil a stunning new exclusive Red Sonja collectible comic featuring a brand new cover by superstar artist David Finch. Fans can sign up here to get updates for the Indiegogo campaign's upcoming launch.

The new comic will feature a never before seen take on the She-Devil With a Sword (and this time she's got an axe too!), as only the talents of Finch can capture her in all her post-fight ferocity. Finch's almost criminally great depiction of the heroine is aided and abetted by frequent collaborator colorist Frank D'Armata. Fans may or may not believe it, but Finch has never before drawn an official Red Sonja cover! Though one may find some gorgeous one-of-a-kind commissions out there on the web, this is the first opportunity for sword and sorcery fans to add this all-star artist to their collection.

Though David Finch is no stranger to Dynamite and the publisher's library as a whole. In addition to some breathtaking Vampirella covers toward the turn of the century, Dynamite has called on the master for such blockbuster titles as The Shadow/Batman and Charlie's Angels. In addition, he produced some truly heroic covers for his wife and creative partner Meredith Finch's critically acclaimed run on Xena.

This Monday night Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci joined David on his YouTube channel for an hour to chat all things comics and more. With over 70 thousand followers on the platform, David's fans turned out and those who missed it can catch up by clicking here.

11/05/20 @ 11:07 am EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite announces the window for fully returnable new comics is now extended deep into the holiday season through December 7 Final Order Cutoff (December 30 in stores) allowing all titles in stores to be returnable through the end of the year.

Orders on Dynamite's monthly comics from retailers have been strong this year and during the difficult pandemic and evolving recovery, with several titles increasing in sales over a dozen issues into their run. With continuing and new challenges on the horizon, Dynamite wishes to help retailers through a challenging year. The publisher has also been steadfast in rushing to reprint tens of thousands of copies of The Boys omnibus volumes and deep discounting them so retailers are stocked around the excitement of the Prime show and moving into the hard to predict holiday season. Especially with retail businesses in the UK being mandated to enter another lockdown, Dynamite wants to help retailers stock up, keep up a positive cash flow, and have decreased risk with the assurance of returnable inventory.

Titles impacted by this extended window for returns include the kickoff of Dan Abnett's Vampirella, Red Sonja and Superpowers crossover saga. While Abnett's Dejah Thoris nears its epic climax. As well as Luke Lieberman and fan-favorite artist Walter Geovani's returns to Red Sonja for a story set early in her adventuring. The flesh-eating furor of the best-selling zombie crossover DIE!NAMITE lurches forward. Hall of fame scribe Christopher Priest continues to craft the hardest hitting Vampirella story. And so much more, each week from Dynamite.

10/29/20 @ 2:54 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Dynamite is debuting its first-ever children's book exclusively on Indiegogo, timed to launch on National Cat Day, chronicling the emotional roller coaster journey of an adorable cat named Cozmo, with proceeds Saved Whiskers Rescue Organization, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit animal welfare organization!

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In Saved by a Whisker, readers of all ages will learn the incredible true story that graced the headlines of USA Today, the New York Post, Boston Herald, NJ.com, and more. Cozmo was like many other cats, with a loving family. As they were readying to move cross-country, he escaped and was tragically left behind by accident, nearly a thousand miles away from everything he knew and loved.

In this new book, writer Kristen Rybandt and artist Ken Haeser will trace the paw-shaped steps Cozmo took to be reunited with his family, with the help of the Saved Whiskers rescue shelter. Beyond its heartfelt story, the book can help parents explain the need for compassion toward animals, and share a sense of participation and accomplishment with their kids in supporting a great cause. A portion of all proceeds will directly impact the lives of animals in need by providing for food, medicine, grooming, and veterinary expenses.

"It was really fun writing a story from a cat’s perspective," said writer Kristen Rybandt. "It’s really exciting to be part of this Indiegogo campaign and I hope everyone loves it as much as we love cats."

Artist Ken Haeser added, "I was honored to be asked to do the illustrations for Dynamite's first children's book. I've had some cat drawing experience, so I jumped at the chance to do ...

10/27/20 @ 2:08 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

Red Sonja has clashed with swords, sorcery, and all manner of monsters in her Hyborean adventures. But how does she far against, and alongside, spandex and capes? Dynamite kicks off 2021 answering that question with RED SONJA: THE SUPERPOWERS!

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Complementing the companion series VAMPIRELLA: THE DARK POWERS, acclaimed writer and event architect Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League Odyssey) puts Dynamite's flagship sword and sandals She-Devil up to the test to of traditional, shiny sci-fi superheroics. Returning Red Sonja artist Jonathan Lau (Red Sonja, Project Superpowers) joins him, along with colorist Andrew Dalhouse and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

"Ever wanted to see what a sword would do to an over-confident superhero..?" said writer Dan Abnett. "You know, now that these projects are both announced, that Sonja and Vampi are going to meet. That’s going to be big. But without getting spoilery, that’s just the start..."

Artist Jonathan Lau added, "I'm very much in the same boat as the readers with regards to the story, I just want to ramp up the action in every issue!"

Sonja's story starts in her world, initially in line with a usual tale of the Hyrkanian hero. She's hunting down a diabolical sorcerer by the name of Skarab Nor, who's been channeling dark forces to turn humans into his mindless thralls. When she encounters strangers with otherworldly appearances, she assumes they are said enemies.

From said strangers' perspective, they are members of The Project led by Captain Future, on a first contact and surveying mission for this version of Earth. Can they find a local metahuman who can be ...

10/22/20 @ 7:56 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

When is there a better time to look for love than in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? You can't help what the heart wants, and Dynamite's heroes want smooches in the new DIE!NAMITE: OUR BLOODY VALENTINE special!

This new special one-shot is directly tied to the smash hit DIE!NAMITE series, which debuted in October with 90,000 copies printed. Writer and certified zombie expert Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, The Comic Book Story of Basketball) is joined by the kinetic ink slinging of Lee Ferguson (Sympathy for No Devils), the blood-soaked palette of Kike J. Diaz, and terror-filled typography of Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Together this team will chronicle love in the time of flesh-eating.

"I was born on Valentine's Day, so it's a very special time of year for me, and I want to make it as special as I can for the readers, too," said Van Lente. "I will do so with not one, but two touching and excessively gory love stories. Warming your hearts while simultaneously turning your stomachs is why I was put on this Earth, when you get right down to it."

Serial bachelor Peter Cannon has spent his entire life secluded in the Himalayas. This Valentine's Day, his loyal assistant Tabu is dedicated to finding a special someone for Peter Cannon. Which is hard enough any time, as Peter can be a difficult man. But when there's a horde of zombies threatening all of Dynamite's heroes across the galaxy, it may just be impossible.

A special second story features the iconic star-crossed lovers of John Carter and Dejah Thoris. They're used to contending with man-eating beasts on their home planet of Barsoom, but when that deadly habit spreads around and could turn your own loved ones against ...

10/13/20 @ 4:28 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

The Mistress of the Dark is back with a special all-new prestige comic book story ripped straight from the headlines, filled with terror and titillation. Created by the icon herself and long-running Elvira scribe David Avallone, THE OMEGA MA'AM is available exclusively on Kickstarter by clicking here starting October 13th at 10:13 AM EST!

Originating with a cheeky "Quarantine Special" codename, this brand new 48-page story finds Elvira waking up from a short coma (due to a hairspray overdose...) to discover a deserted Los Angeles. Wandering around with her canine companion, it seems she may be the sole survivor. But The Last Sex Symbol on Earth... is not alone! She must contend with a cult of zombie-like survivors who've ingested cleaning products that alter their DNA, as she seeks to find out what happened and where to get a decent cup of coffee. This exclusive comic pulls inspiration from the likes of The Omega Man, The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Mad Max and more, and is sure to be a delight for fans of horror, camp, and great stories - as only Elvira can! Elvira, the creative team, and the Dynamite crew have been working on this for all of 2020. The spooky season is the perfect time to launch for Elvira's fans, and the book will be shipped out quickly following the finale.

For nearly 35 years, Elvira has had a historic strong connection to comic books, a medium with a controversial and campy legacy just like the cult B movies she'd host on her classic TV series. Across that history, the Queen of the Macabre has never been as closely involved in the creative process ...

10/02/20 @ 10:10 pm EST
Source: Dynamite | Categories: Dynamite

This October, Dynamite is bringing a bounty of Halloween haunts to Indiegogo, including limited edition metal covers of Hallow's Eve classics and a stunning statue based on one of the definitive modern images of Vampirella! The campaign is live now!

Spooky season and bringing that fun to comics is deep in the DNA of Dynamite, going back to its first-ever comic book, an Army of Darkness issue featuring a glow-in-the-dark variant, to the horror host origins of flagship character Vampirella. Dynamite is celebrating the season and that legacy with a trio of sparkly metal variant covers for Vampirella, Red Sonja, and Bettie Page. Great deals are also being offered on the Steve Kiwus sculpted statue bust based on Stanley "Artgerm" Lau's legendary cover for Vampirella #2. Fans shouldn't miss out on these centerpieces of the campaign, and can build their own custom reward packages through Indiegogo. Including special packages of 10 comics for just $5 or select graphic novels for $10. This project is being fulfilled right as orders come in, so fans should order early to get their goodies by Halloween!

Each of these exciting Halloween Specials features a pair of stories sure to entertain fans of the characters new and old. Now rare editions will be released with laser-etched metal overlay covers to showcase the magnificent pieces by artist Reilly Brown. A combo package of the complete trio includes a special discount.

In Vampi's main story, Scott Lobdell and Rapha Lobosco chronicle a fun-filled monster brawl and loving tribute to the Warren days, with characters named for Forrest J. Ackerman and Trina Robbins, and cameos from the Drakulonian's fellow horror mag hosts. In a fan-favorite backup story, Lobdell is joined by Blake Northcott ...

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