July 18, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Red Sonja has been invincible, immortal, and through it all she is Unbreakable! Dynamite invites fans to check out her new flagship title launching this October, helmed by Hyborian legend Jim Zub.
"I grew up on a steady supply of sword & sorcery novels, comics, and games in my youth and they indelibly imprinted on my mind in ways that inform all my work," said writer Jim Zub. "I’m absolutely pumped to bring that to Red Sonja. This time I have more room to explore what drives her and the depths she’ll go to overcome threats wildly stacked against her."
The She-Devil With a Sword soars toward her huge 50th anniversary in 2023. To lead fans into the big celebration, Dynamite is proud to present a sweeping story of high adventure to join the canon. Acclaimed writer Jim Zub returns to write the character, but for the first time with full focus and an extended take. This series follows his previous collaborations on the beloved Conan/Red Sonja crossover with Gail Simone and Dan Panosian, and the one-shot special Red Sonja and Cub. This project also follows a revered tenure on Conan the Barbarian, the final run in Marvel's return to that character. Across the fantasy genre, Zub has also contributed to Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, and Samurai Jack, as well as writing many other top superhero titles.
Zub is joined for the series by Giovanni Valletta, known for his artistry on titles like John Wick and James Bond. Now he'll be bringing his eye for vicious and thrilling action to the Hyrkanian Heroine for a perfect match. Other celebrated artists will contribute to the series through jaw-dropping cover art. Red Sonja luminary Lucio Parrillo paints another masterpiece. Superstar David Finch returns to show us why he's a fan favorite. Judy Jong, one of the biggest rising stars in the industry, brings her skills to bear. And Zub's Conan/Red Sonja compatriot Dan Panosian is spotlighted with an incentive variant. They're all joined by Celina, Giuseppe Matteoni, and cosplayer Augusta Moore.
In this new adventure, Red Sonja carries a hazy memory lurking just out of reach. As she seeks to solve the mystery of this strange vision, it will unlock a journey of forbidden magic and searing steel. Moments from Sonja's past, present, and even the future collide in a quest unlike any other our scarlet-haired hero has faced before! It's a Sonja story different from any fans have seen before, but at its core is classic sword and sorcery fare.
Sonja is a self-made woman and warrior, from her earliest days to her legend built as Queen. In her harsh era and environment, death can come at any turn, necessitating an uncompromising and unforgiving approach to battle and life. This is where the Unbreakable title comes to the forefront. The creative team is determined to put her through one of her most brutal stories yet to truly earn that "Unbreakable" adjective.
"Red Sonja is one of our flagship characters, and we're always looking for the perfect creators and stories to maintain the high standard we set for her and take her to the next level, on behalf of the fans," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "This go around, it didn't take much deep searching [Laughs]. Jim Zub is one of the foremost masters of fantasy in comics and beyond, and we hope fans will be overjoyed to see him sticking around a little longer in the Hyborian Age!"
UNBREAKABLE RED SONJA #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ August 2022 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October 2022. 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.