11/03/16 @ 9:33 pm EST
talks to Byron Brewer
#4, on sale in January from Dynamite
. Cover by Gerald Parel
.BYRON BREWER: Juan Jin has become the Spirit of the Earth! … Yet here on the earthly plane, he is still wanted as a POI for a murder by the authorities and is being pursued by the Triads. What exactly does being the new “Spirit of the Earth” mean? To Juan Jin? To the rest of us?FABRICE SAPOLSKY:
That’s a very good question! At first glance, getting these powers makes Juan’s life more complicated. But it’s a process. He has to go through hell to figure out himself what he wants to do with his life. Again, becoming a Spirit of WuXing isn’t something that happens to everyone. He was chosen. And through exceptional circumstances. For the world, Juan becomes this being who masters everything organic. Everything that comes from the land. He communicates with the Earth, he’s very powerful.BB: Fabrice, if you would, tell us a little more about the “Spirits,” whose pantheon (for lack of a better term) Juan Jin has just joined, and whom he mistrusts at this point.FS:
In our story, the Spirits of WuXing have been around forever. First in Asia, then the world. They’re the ones who keep the universe balanced through its five elements (Metal, Water, Earth, Wood, Fire). For generations, one Spirit would die (in battle or of natural causes) and would be replaced by a younger one. Challenges have been many. But for the first time, in this generation, a Spirit is murdered by another Spirit (as chronicled in the very rare issue #0). And we’ll finally learn why. The reason will shock you! And it’ll also propel the series into a very different place. From an action/adventure series to a more social/diversity conscious one.BB: What is the Golden Dragon the Triads seek? Why is it of such import to them?FS:
The Golden Dragon is one of the 5 artifacts the Spirits possess. It’s like a Green Lantern battery, to make it simple. Except you don’t recharge your power here. The essence of your power, your spirit is there. The Spirits can function without them. But if they’re all gathered in one hand, they can be used to control the universe. The Spirit of the Earth, who died prior to our story, gave the Golden Dragon to Lady Xia. Because he trusted her. He would always leave it to her when he was spending time in the United States. That explains why she has it in issue #1. And she gives it to Juan because she picked him up as the new Spirit of the Earth. Lady Xia is behind everything (or almost everything). I have to add that the Golden Dragon, or the Black Tortoise or Vermillion Bird didn’t come out of my imagination. I borrowed them to have them fit in our story. In Chinese tradition, the Golden Dragon or Yellow Dragon is tied to the Element of Earth.BB: The Spirits are certainly being overly helpful, or at least trying to be, to our hero. Is there some unknown motivation behind their offers of assistance of which readers are unaware?FS:
The remaining Spirits, led by Lady Xia aka the Spirit of Water, have an agenda. I think it’s clear by issue #4 that their intention has always been to restore balance in WuXing since Nei Chang, the Spirit of Metal, has crushed it. One problem at a time. They first decided to pick themselves the new Spirit of the Earth, then to deal with the Spirit of Metal. But when you play with the elements, there’s always a price to pay…BB: Thus far, Intertwined has certainly been a character-driven book. When you plan issues, do you concentrate on character first and then where that takes the plot?FS:
It really is a character-driven book. There’s a McGuffin in the story. A revelation that justifies the entire story to even exist. And this revelation (and its consequences) happen in issue #4 and #5! What came first was the reason why I made this book. And I’ll talk more about it next month when people have read issue #4 because it’ll become clear that there were some issues I wanted to talk about. Without giving too much away, let’s say that since I came to live in the United States, I discovered how much communities can live in the same streets, in the same buildings without knowing each other. That melting pot doesn’t really exist. That rejection is easy. And when you get here, you have to identify as something and try to hang with “your people”. That’s not how I was raised nor how I want to live. I strongly believe mixing people from everywhere enriches us. Intertwined
is a kind of Trojan horse. A Kung Fu fiction that conveys a vision where lines are blurred and we only see people. I’ll take a moment to talk about Bruce Lee who has been an incredible inspiration for Fred and myself. His philosophy. The way he saw the world. Bruce was born in the U.S. but had hard time blending in in the 1950s and ‘60s in that America. He was also very much Chinese, as reported by the people who knew him and his family. But he saw people behind colors. He believed in humankind. I see so many people talking about ethnicities here. I’m not ignoring the challenges nor negating anything. And I strongly support those who fight for inclusion and equality in rights. Bruce Lee was ahead of his time. He understood that wherever you come from, whatever you looked like, you’re a human being first. A talent. A brother. A sister. A son. A daughter. A mother or a father. We set the action in 1971 because the world was very different obviously, but also more optimistic, despite so many terrible things happening. We’ve lost a lot of that optimism. But I don’t think we have to give up on it. On the contrary, we have to work harder to give a much more open minded world to our kids. Writers… creators… we are dreamers. But we’re also deeply rooted in reality. Fiction proved centuries ago that it could plant seeds of ambition in people’s minds. We went to the moon. We did great things. Humbly,Intertwined
brings a little something to the table. Something of our own experiences in life.BB: With issue #4, on sale in January, we are approaching the penultimate issue of this series. Looking back, has the story unfolded pretty much as you intended. (All writers know how characters and stories sometimes take over, lol.)FS:
I’ve been pretty much following my initial plan here. There have been some differences, some scenes originally taking place in an issue and moved to other ones. But it’s pretty much the same structure from day one.BB: How awesome has Fred Pham Chuong been with the art on this book? Do you guys work closely together?FS:
You said it: awesome. Fred is just an incredible storyteller. We speak nearly every day. We sometimes change the script together. He makes me a stronger creator. We lift each other up. And I want to also mention our color artist, Veronica Lopez. She’s been with us from the beginning and we feel blessed she lends her talent to the series.BB: Fabrice, can you tell us a little of what readers can expect in Intertwinedgoing forward?FS:
Revelations! More Kung Fu! And the dramatic return of Juan’s Haitian friends.And GREAT covers by incredible French artists! Gerald Parel drew the cover to issue #4, Roland Boschi is doing #5 and the mighty Olivier Coipel is closing the first story arc’s cover with #6. To my knowledge, it’s the first non-DC, non-Marvel cover Olivier has done in a very, very long time. Not to be missed!
09/14/19 @ 8:35 pm EST
We've catapulted past $50,000! Now let's pass $75,000? We can do it! What are you waiting for? Jump on board and get yourself over 130 issues of Red Sonja comics old and new! Over 3,500 pages for just $18 or less! And supporting charities the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition Against Censorship!
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Let's focus on some of those more recent gems!
First, the ultimate inclusion for a Red Sonja bundle is the most recent material! The first five issues of the flagship ongoing series by Mark Russell are included. This series launched in February 2019 and features interior art by Mirko Colak Read More Here
09/12/19 @ 8:24 pm EST
Don't miss the celebration and this rare collector's item! The Indiegogo campaign for Billy Tucci's exclusive Vampirella & Shi cover ends tomorrow night! Copies are limited and will ship as soon as the campaign ends!
The Daughter of Drakulon and Ana Ishikawa share this stunning cover, as only Tucci could draw them. Underneath the cover is the fan-favorite and critically acclaimed first issue of Christopher Priest's new flagship series which has already sold a whopping 130,000 copies!
On Indiegogo, fans can order the cover in multiple versions and with add-ons depending on their budget and desires. There are multiple variations of the comic book and one can also get an 18 by 24-inch lithograph print. Also available are editions of almost everything signed by Tucci himself. As well as combination packages with multiple items.
Tucci and his creation Ana Ishikawa (aka Shi) have a long shared history with Vampirella. The characters have crossed over in stories multiple times, even being written by industry legends Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison and Mark Millar. Tucci has done covers for those as well as high profile Vampirella projects including Death & Destruction, Vampirella & the Scarlet Legion and the just collected Roses for the Dead.
Don't miss your chance to get these beautiful exclusive covers! Available for a limited time and in limited quantities on Indiegogo!
09/10/19 @ 9:05 am EST
The Red Sonja Humble Bundle has been a roaring success so far, but we know some folks haven't seen it yet or are still on the fence. So here's the deal... 131 issues, 3,797 pages, all for just $18, with options as low as a buck! That's 95% off a huge haul of digital comics that would normally tally up to almost $350! Get a ton of sweet comics and support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition Against Censorship by pushing the total over $50,000! What are you waiting for? Support these great charities and get comics!
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The content in the bundle gets you big scoops of Red Sonja from every important era! Maybe you're more of a classic Marvel era fan and love Frank Thorne's sensual art. Or you love that historic return to comics with Dynamite's first She-Devil with a Sword run. Did Gail Simone hook you in with her revolutionary take on the fiery-haired heroine? You might want to check on the recently finished run by upcoming Amazing Mary Jane artist Carlos Gomez. Could even get caught up to right now with the first several issues of Mark Russell's current historical epic-inspired portrayal. But why pick favorites? ALL of these classic stories can be yours! Plus even more!
A portion of all proceeds will be contributed to the charities the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition Against Censorship. These organizations serve the important mission of defending writers and artists that face threats of silencing and worse.
As a cherry on top or perhaps the chocolatey core filling, current writer Mark Russell has crafted an in-continuity yet standalone issue-length story which can only be found ...
09/04/19 @ 8:24 pm EST
Dynamite and Humble Bundle announce the launch of a Hyrkanian-sized bundle deal with over 120 digital issues of Red Sonja and supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! AND ongoing Red Sonja writer Mark Russell has written a new standalone tale exclusive to Humble Bundle!
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Humble Bundle's innovative pricing scale allows fans to pay what they want to fit their budget exactly. Their purchase will fall into one of four tiers, unlocking more and more comics with each tier and including those from the previous ones. At the top tier, one can get the equivalent of 131 issues for only $18, which is 95% off what would normally be approximately a whopping $350! In terms of page count, that all adds up to an insane 3,797 pages of comic books.
Stories from top writers and artists are included in this bundle, including but not limited to Gail Simone, Peter David, Frank Cho, Mike Carey, Amy Chu, Lucio Parrillo, Luke Lieberman, Michael Avon Oeming, Marguerite Bennett, Walter Geovani, Carlos Gomez, Mel Rubi and countless more!
The exclusive story, titled "Petitioning the Queen," is a fun special story of Red Sonja struggling to prepare for a massive war while juggling her other new duties as Queen of Hyrkania. A pair of "magical" dwarves cause havoc in the streets and force Sonja to confront powers far beyond her understanding. It's not to be missed, as story elements here will reverberate in the flagship and something else coming up...
Ongoing Red Sonja writer and multiple Eisner nominee Mark Russell (Wonder Twins, The Flintstones) is joined by co-writer Bryce Ingman (Read More Here
08/29/19 @ 11:45 am EST
Dynamite announces a strengthened licensing deal with creator Joseph Michael Linsner to help celebrate his iconic indie creation Dawn's 30th anniversary!
This bolsters the already strong relationship that Dynamite and Linsner have shared for years. Including the existing Dawn statue, which Linsner's dedicated fans showed out in droves to support. Additionally available this fall in time for the holidays are collections of Linsner's Dynamite published series, collectible promo trading cards and a premium quality giclée print.
Linsner continues to be one of Dynamite's most treasured and fan-favorite cover artists, with ongoing contributions to the Red Sonja flagship series as well as other recent covers for Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and Bettie Page. 2014 saw the release of the smash-hit crossover series Dawn/Vampirella, written and drawn by Linsner. The paperback edition of that collection will hit store shelves this November. Together with his writing partner and Vampirella super fan, Kristina Deak-Linsner, he created the critically acclaimed Vampirella: Roses for the Dead limited series which brought the Daughter of Drakulon's cousin Evily the witch back to prominence. The Roses for the Dead hardcover collection released this August.
"I am thrilled to be working with Nick Barrucci and the great folks at Dynamite to help celebrate Dawn’s 30th anniversary," said creator Joseph Michael Linsner. "I’ve known Nick ...
08/29/19 @ 10:52 am EST
Diabolical! Everyone and their mother has watched The Boys on Prime Video by now! If they haven't, they need to get on that ASAP! Dynamite is treating new The Boys fans and those going back over a decade to an avalanche of awesome collectibles and merchandise - just in time for the holiday season!
As the new paperback omnibus editions of The Boys sell like crazy, Dynamite is reprinting them as well as making sure retailers have everything they need to satisfy today's supes-hating Boys. Including trading cards, enamel pins and even some limited edition collectible currency!
Right off the bat, the hotly anticipated fifth omnibus is out right on time for the gift-giving season! The longrunning plot comes to a head in this volume, as the main story reveals backstory on The Boys as an organization and teases the upcoming conflicts. Also included in this book is the essential origin story of Billy Butcher in his spinoff miniseries Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker. Featuring writing front to back by master Garth Ennis and art by co-creator Darick Robertson and co-conspirators John McCrea, Russ Braun and Keith Burns. This penultimate volume is available with a cover by Robertson spotlighting Frenchie or a photo from the show with his crush The Female. Additionally, the first three volumes of The Boys omnibuses art covers are available signed and remarked by artist Darick Robertson, while the photo editions will be available signed by writer Garth Ennis.
On the collectibles front, first are two 7-card sets of trading cards. One features the eponymous Boys squad of Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother's Milk, Frenchie, the Female, The Legend, and Billy's trusty bulldog Terror. In a world where costumed heroes soar through ...
08/29/19 @ 10:45 am EST
Dynamite announces the first collection of Mark Russell's acclaimed run on Red Sonja for release in November.
The volume, titled Scorched Earth, reprints issues 1 through 6 of the currently ongoing series and the Lord of Fools one-shot special. This tale of metal and blood chronicles the She-Devil of the Hyrkanian Steppes through becoming queen of her homeland, political and physical bouts with Dragan the Magnificent of Zamora, the introduction of her nephew Kryon, past and present tangles with supernatural forces and much more!
At nearly 180 meaty pages of storytelling, Scorched Earth is a great value at only $19.99. The creative, editorial and marketing teams all agreed that of course the first entire arc needs to be kept together. Fans are getting a sweet deal on this book to start their collection of these volumes off right!
This story is delivered as only the Eisner-nominated writer Mark Russell (Second Coming, The Flintstones) and artist Mirko Colak (Conan) could deliver. Not to be discounted for their similarly acclaimed contributions are colorist Dearbhla Kelly (The Wild Storm: Michael Cray) and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Lone Ranger) - also an Eisner-nominated critic by night! Artists Bob Q and Katie O'Meara make additional contributions in the special and in critical flashbacks. The tome is all wrapped up in Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts's breathtaking cover from the second issue.
Writer Mark Russell shared, "What I wanted to do with the first six issues of this story is to show Sonja, not only as somebody who’s good with a sword, but a warrior of the mind as well. Somebody who’s capable of leading people through the darkest danger they’ve ever faced. "
"This first volume (of many!) is designed for the reader that’s familiar with Sonja The Red, ...
08/26/19 @ 1:24 pm EST
Vampirella has dominated the comic book page, and now sets her sights on collectible coins! Dynamite is releasing two unique 4-coin sets, with the exclusive world premiere available through Sideshow. Each coin features a stunning artistic take on Vampirella by top artists Alex Ross, J. Scott Campbell, Stanley "Artgerm" Lau and Lucio Parrillo!
Dynamite's limited-edition coins use an innovative colorization technique over a base of an authentic US John F. Kennedy Half-Dollars, with the original artwork prominently displayed on the obverse side of each coin. Packaged with a full-color Certificate of Authenticity, featuring the artwork of each artist and encased in an acrylic capsule to protect the coin, this currency is in fact legally able to buy a newspaper or bag of chips - but you won't want to do that!
The Vampirella 50th Anniversary Main Set will feature genuine John F. Kennedy Half-Dollars with Vampirella cover art from legendary artists Alex Ross, J. Scott Campbell, Artgerm and Lucio Parrillo. The Vampirella 50th Anniversary Gold Set adds a layer of gold plating in real 24-karat gold to enhance the vivid cover art.
The retail price for the Main 4-coin Set is $79.96 USD per set.
The Gold 4-coin Set is available for $120 USD per set.
To celebrate Vampirella's big 50th anniversary Dynamite is premiering these new collectible coins exclusively through Sideshow.com. Sideshow is one of the leaders in specialty manufacturing and distribution of the most highly sought-after licensed and original collectible products, and Dynamite is thrilled that Sideshow is premiering these limited edition coins.
"In our 15-year history, Dynamite has always strived to offer fans not only the highest quality comic books, but also collectibles of all types," said Nick ...
08/22/19 @ 2:35 pm EST
Dynamite announces the second entry in Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares graphic novel trilogy - Volume 2: Wrath!
Creator Pierce Brown returns for this entry, alongside co-writer Rik Hoskin (Brandon Sanderson's White Sand) and artist Eli Powell (Yakuza Demon Killers). Toby Cypress (Omega Men, The White Suits) contributes another beautiful cover. Rounding out the team are colorist Dee Cunniffe (The Wicked + The Divine, Paper Girls) and letterer Tom Napolitano (Justice League, Aquaman, Red Sonja). Brown's cosmic tapestry expands further in this chapter continuing the prequel to the New York Times bestselling novel series. Fitchner's quest for revenge continues as he and the Sons of Ares seek out the Golds who have wronged his family. Though their actions will come with repercussions and a back and forth will evolve into battles and the seeds of revolution.
The Red Rising saga depicts a future wherein mankind has explored and expanded across the cosmos. The ruling class has established a rigid caste system based on colors to stratify society, with "Golds" at the top. The eponymous first novel follows the tribulations of a Red joining a resistance movement and infiltrating Gold society to dismantle the entire system. The Sons of Ares graphic novels build the foundation for those threads by depicting the beginnings of their titular rebel organization.
"I’m excited to reunite with Rik to further expand the world of Red Rising, and to see Eli render the seething cities and mythical violence of the Society with his savage inks," said creator and writer Pierce Brown. "This is a tale of madmen and romantics. Fortunately, I’ve got two of the best to help me tell it."
"It's been a pleasure to return to the Red Rising world, with Pierce once again steering the ...
08/22/19 @ 2:12 pm EST
Dynamite announces the next epic chapter in the comic book chronicles of the legendary rock band, KISS: Zombies!
After all, what can possibly happen after "The End" than a full-blown zombie apocalypse? That is the screwed up status quo that writer Ethan Sacks (Old Man Hawkeye, Star Wars) and artist Rodney Buchemi (Death of Hawkman) will tackle in this new limited series. Assisted on colors and letters by Dijjo Lima (Assassin's Creed, Doc Savage) and Troy Peteri (Amazing Spider-Man, Witchblade).
Picking up decades after the fall of civilization, humans are now an endangered species isolated to strongholds such as the central New Detroit. These undead are attracted to sound, so music and all related iconography have been banned. Especially that of the greatest band in history. However, a group of teenagers are not going to live this way and set out on a quest to track down KISS! Who may ultimately be the ultimate weapon to turn the tide against the zombies! Sacks has described the series as a cocktail of Land of the Dead, A Quiet Place, Seven Samurai and even Footloose!
This marks the first comic book work for Sacks outside of Marvel, where he's expanded the "Old Man" franchise to Hawkeye and Star-Lord to much critical and fan acclaim. He's got history with the band though, through his previous career as a journalist.
"In my two and a half decades as an entertainment journalist, one of my most proud achievements was interviewing Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for a 40th anniversary retrospective of KISS," said writer Ethan Sacks. "After all, this was a band that had provided the soundtrack for much of my life, and their eerie black and white makeup aesthetic seared itself in my brain during my childhood when ...