May 4, Mt. Laurel, NJ: The Red Sonja 50th anniversary celebration series launches this July, but fans can get a sneak peek at the new direction and creative team ahead of time with the issue #0 available on Free Comic Book Day this Saturday May 6!
Writer Torunn Grønbekk (Thor, Valkyrie), artist Walter Geovani, colorist Omi Remalante Jr., and letterer Simon Bowland's grand new epic features a special prelude that will be available at no cost to customers from their closest comic book store.
This advance setup of the story shows how Red Sonja has found herself running from the law. The She-Devil With a Sword is seemingly caught red-handed, in the midst of a murder with blood on her hands. Of course, that isn't quite what happened. But she'll find herself fleeing and trying to figure out how to clear her name.
The issue also features a flashback to Red Sonja's earliest years, with a reprint of "The Temple of Abomination" from Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano originally released as Marvel Feature #1 in 1975. Fans can enjoy the past and future of Sonja's 50 fantastic years!
The Free Comic Book Day issue features a show-stopping, ultra-detailed, and action-packed cover by Nick Bradshaw. He is making a heralded return to the character here, after playing a role in kicking off the character's series back in 2016. Bradshaw is also an important creative force in the overall evolution and history of Dynamite Entertainment. His big breakout was on Army of Darkness, in fact the very first comic book issue ever officially published by the company. Since then he's received acclaim from fans and critics for his work on titles like Wolverine & the X-Men, Spidey, and a range of covers.
Dynamite has already confirmed orders of around 95,000 copies of Red Sonja #0 that will be stocked by retailers.
Free Comic Book Day is always celebrated on the first Saturday in May by participating retailers, offering longtime fans who read comics every month and newcomers the perfect opportunity to explore and celebrate their fandom and preview some of the biggest upcoming stories. Fans can find their closest store via the Comic Shop Locator service.
RED SONJA #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May 2023 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in July 2023. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Red Sonja, James Bond, Warlord of Mars, Nancy Drew, A Game of Thrones, Elvira, Pathfinder, Disney franchises including Gargoyles, Darkwing Duck, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Draculina, Evil Ernie, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Brandon Sanderson, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David F. Walker, Vita Ayala, Greg Weisman, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Pierce Brown, Mark Russell, Charlaine Harris, Amy Chu, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, Jim Butcher, Greg Pak, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%), and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.