March 18, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite invites fans to witness a young, raw and reckless adventurer in Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil this June!
Writer Luke Lieberman (Red Sonja: Doom of the Gods), artist and fellow Sonja all-star Sergio Davila (Conan, Project Superpowers) and colorist Ulises Arreola (Superman, Batgirl) have come together for an early tale of everyone's favorite fiery-haired heroine. This limited series will feature Red Sonja's trademark armor - and her temper. Not yet the legend she will become, but building a fearsome reputation!
Sonja finds herself against the demon conqueror Raka, whose alchemy turns men into thralls. Luckily her mentor Ozzyus is still kicking at this point. He was last seen toward the beginning of Dynamite's contributions to the Red Sonja mythos in the previous series by Lieberman and Peter David, Red Sonja vs. Thulsa Doom.
Discussing where Red Sonja is at the start of this story, writer Luke Lieberman said, "This story is about her figuring out what kind of woman she wants to be, what she wants to do with her gift of violence. Sonja is a total badass, but what makes her so compelling and iconic is her humanity. She sees the world for what it is and she is who she is unapologetically. She has already taken the worst Hyboria can dish out, so there is nothing left to fear. Despite this hardness, or perhaps because of it, she recognizes innocence as rare and precious and she will protect it."
Readers can pick from three unique covers on each issue. Master painter Lucio Parrillo (Vampirella, Queen Sonja) delivers jaw dropping pieces. For a more old school option, interior artist Sergio Davila is drawing covers as well. Rounding out the selection is a set of cosplay photos starring fan favorite Shannon Kingston. Or collect them all of course!
"Red Sonja represents using the adversity we have in our lives and using it as the fire that burns in our bellies to fuel us to victory, whatever that means to us," said cosplayer Shannon Kingston. "It's not just dress up, it's channeling the soul of the character."
“Luke and Sergio make a killer combo, telling a dark, thrilling, and action-packed early Red Sonja adventure," said Joe Rybandt, Dynamite Executive Editor.
Sonja's modern day Hyborean heroics can be followed in the flagship Red Sonja by Eisner-nominated writer Mark Russell (Flintstones, Second Coming, Wonder Twins) and swords and sorcery-honed artist Mirko Colak (Conan). Also coming soon is Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica written by celebrated former Red Sonja writer Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and Maria Laura Sanapo (DC Comics Bombshells, Charmed).
Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies 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, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, 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, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, 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 Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, 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.