March 23, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Red Sonja finds herself deep in the culture of the 1980s in a special one-shot this June by acclaimed scribe Amy Chu.
40 years ago, Red Sonja once found herself mysteriously transported to the then-present, tangling with one red and blue wall-crawler and her immortal enemy Kulan Gath. Writer Amy Chu's beloved ongoing run on Red Sonja kicked off in 2016 with a similar premise, taking the fiery-haired heroine to the constantly-under-construction bustling NYC of today. She also found herself out of time in Amy's fun-filled crossover with Riverdale's finest, Betty and Veronica. In this new special story, Sonja finds herself once again in more modern times in the City of Angels. Red Sonja goes to Hollywood!
"1982 was a special year. I mean it was the year of E.T., TRON, Magnum PI, Hill Street Blues. MTV was brand new and exciting. The Commodore 64 and Apple II ruled. There was no internet," said writer Amy Chu. "If you thought my last run was wild, well... I love the fact that [artist] Eric didn't blink an eye when I explained what was going on. It does get pretty crazy, but there's a method behind the madness. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it."
This time she's up against a mysterious killer android tracking her through time. In the midst of the excesses of Los Angeles of the era, Sonja recruits a rag tag team for her mission. A bouncer, a drag queen, and a disco roller skating martial artist will help her slay her enemies all across the city. Could Kulan Gath be involved again this time?
Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Green Hornet) is joined by up and coming artist Eric Blake and colorist Adriano Augusto. A lead cover by indie sensation Dani depicts Sonja in her slick clubbing getup, backdropped by the iconic neon lights of the era. Jimmy Broxton covers the other side of the story with a retro-futurist vibe of cyberspace. Alyssa Stargoddess is featured on the cosplay variant.
"I'm loving working on this project with Amy, Red Sonja is such a great character," said artist Eric Blake. "It's a pleasure to be part of the team and I'd like to thank Dynamite for assembling us for this super fun story that I hope fans will love!"
Return to this cult classic era for an epic struggle between good and evil, mohawks and perms, New Wave and Heavy Metal - in RED SONJA 1982!
RED SONJA 1982 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2021 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June 2021. 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, 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 Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Mark Russell, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Steve Orlando, 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.