Red Sonja: Unchained #4

Posted in Comics, Miniseries, Previews on August 21, 2013 by nemedian bard

Here’s a preview of Red Sonja: Unchained #4. It is in stores today.

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Her soul trapped in an alternate dimension while the demon Bhamothes uses her body to wreak havoc in Hyrkania, Sonja must confront the spirit of the boy she murdered to stop the killing spree.

Red Sonja #80

Posted in Comics, Previews on August 21, 2013 by nemedian bard

Here’s a preview of Red Sonja #80. It is in stores today.

Red Sonja #80 Lucio Parrillo coverRed Sonja #80 Page 1Red Sonja #80 Page 2Red Sonja #80 Page 3Red Sonja #80 Page 4 Red Sonja #80 Page 5

In a final showdown on dark and stormy seas, everyone is at risk when Red Sonja’s master plan goes awry! Will the She-Devil die without redemption? Will the dreaded vampire lord Dracula triumph?

Red Sonja #2

Posted in Comics, Previews on August 21, 2013 by nemedian bard

Here’s a preview of Red Sonja #2. It’s in stores now.

Red Sonja #2 cover by Jenny FrisonRed Sonja #2 cover by Nicola ScottRed Sonja #2 cover by Stephanie BuscemaRed Sonja #2 Page 1Red Sonja #2 Page 2 & 3Red Sonja #2 Page 4Red Sonja #2 Page 5

Placed in an unwinnable war against an implacable foe, Sonja is forced to do an inconceivable move that will cost her like no previous battle ever has! The thrilling re-imagining of the greatest female sword and sorcery hero ever created continues…

Sideshow’s Red Sonja Premium Format Figure

Posted in Collectibles, Previews on July 25, 2013 by nemedian bard

Tomopop and The Shadow and Flame forum has a preview of the upcoming Red Sonja “Victorious!” Premium Format Figure by Sideshow Collectibles.

You can sign up for updates on the statue here.

Dynamite’s Solicitations for October 2013

Posted in Comics, Solicitations on July 22, 2013 by nemedian bard

Dynamite Entertainment posted their solicitations for October 2013. There is one Red Sonja item:

Red Sonja #4
Red Sonja #4 cover by Jenny FrisonRed Sonja #4 cover by Ming DoyleRed Sonja #4 cover by Stephanie Buscema
Written by Gail Simone, art by Walter Geovani, covers by Jenny Frison, Ming Doyle and Sal Buscema.

Red Sonja is just inches from death, when voices from the past call her away from digging her own grave, to fight possibly the last battle of her life, against the woman who taught her everything she knows about combat!

Dynamite Announces Legends of Red Sonja Prestige Miniseries

Posted in Comics, Miniseries, Previews on July 15, 2013 by nemedian bard

Just in time for the newly launched Red Sonja series by Gail Simone and in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the She-Devil With a Sword, Dynamite announces the release of a new four-issue miniseries called Legends of Red Sonja.

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Official Press Release:

July 15, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Following on the immense success of the newly launched Red Sonja ongoing series by Gail Simone, Dynamite proudly announces the upcoming Legends of Red Sonja prestige miniseries, an extravaganza celebrating the iconic fantasy heroine’s long and storied career. Legends of Red Sonja is a collaborative effort uniting Simone with a star-studded and prestigious creative team including Marjorie M. Liu, Mercedes Lackey, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Rhianna Pratchett, Leah Moore, Tamora Pierce, Blair Butler, Nancy Collins, Meljean Brook, Nicola Scott, Devin Grayson, and more to be announced. Frank Thorne, one of the key artists responsible for defining the character’s distinct look, will be among the artists to contribute cover artwork, as will Jay Anacleto.

“When it was first decided that I would be taking part in the relaunch of Red Sonja, we had what I thought was a very fun idea, which was to have all the covers and variant covers be drawn by top female artists,” says Gail Simone, an industry legend with celebrated runs on Birds of Prey, Secret Six, and Batgirl. “The idea just took off, as some of my artistic heroes, people like Colleen Doran, Amanda Conner, and Nicola Scott all contributed these gorgeous, eye-popping pieces of art for the book. It made everyone tremendously happy and gave us a wonderful extra kick for our relaunch of this classic character. So when Dynamite told me that the 40th anniversary of Red Sonja was coming up, I thought, ‘I wonder if we could do the same thing, but with all my favorite female writers?’ I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for years.”

The structure of the Legends of Red Sonja prestige series will be, in Simone’s words, “a braided story, with individual, unique stories written by titans of comics, prose, and the gaming world. These are all powerful voices whose work I adore. Dynamite asked me to make a list of the women I’d love to see included, and again, I was astounded at the eager responses! We have giants of the fantasy and horror prose world; Tamora Pierce, Nancy Collins, Mercedes Lackey, and Meljean Brook. We have some of the hottest comics talents; Marjorie M. Liu, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Leah Moore, Devin Grayson and (in her first published story as a writer) Nicola Scott. And we have brilliant writers from games and television; Rhianna Pratchett and Blair Butler. Getting to hand-pick this crew of fierce women was an absolute joy, and the fun of it is, we’re all fans of Red Sonja, and of each other. Throwing ideas back and forth and shaping the stories has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had in comics. I can’t wait for people to read these takes on Red Sonja…some are funny, some are scary, some are very different versions of Sonja than we are familiar with!”

Many of Gail Simone’s hand-picked contributors have shared their excitement about the project:

Rhianna Pratchett (Heavenly Sword, Mirror’s Edge): “I treasured my Red Sonja poster when I was kid. So to get the opportunity to write a story for the character, and to do it in the company of such extraordinary, talented women, is a dream come true. My younger self is definitely high-fiving my older self.”

Leah Moore (Doctor Who: The Whispering Gallery, Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon): “It’s not everyday that Gail Simone asks me to write Red Sonja. To be honest, I’m glad, because when it happened, I had to be peeled off the ceiling. Writing Red Sonja has been a personal ambition of mine for a long time. She is about the most fun a writer can have. She’s a loner, a grouch, a badass, and is apparently impervious to cold. I am almost too excited about this project to actually write the thing, which is counter-productive, really.”

Tamora Pierce (The Song of the Lioness, Mastiff): “This is the coolest project ever: new stories crafted by some of the best writers and artists out there, about a woman warrior created by one of my literary idols, Robert E. Howard, spearheaded by my comics goddess, Gail Simone. I”m honored to be a part of this, and can’t wait to see the whole thing. It will be a ground-breaking, multilayered view of a character who has been brawling through comics for decades!”

Blair Butler (Heart, host of MSN’s Nerdcore): “I’m honored and exceedingly intimidated to be included in this group of talented creators. Gail Simone is amazing — and her take on Red Sonja is something I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced way back at Emerald City Comic-Con. So when she asked me to contribute, I agreed immediately, even though I’m totally nervous about it.”

Nancy Collins (Swamp Thing, VAMPS): “I am thrilled to have been chosen by Gail Simone to participate in Legends of Red Sonja. I remember how excited I was when I plucked Conan the Barbarian #23 off the spinner rack as a kid, all those years ago, and finally saw a female hero capable of dishing it out with the best of them. I am honored to have been given this chance to add to Red Sonja’s mythos.”

Meljean Brook (Iron Seas, Demon Angel): “I’m absolutely thrilled to be writing a story for the she-devil, Red Sonja. I first encountered Red Sonja in the movie with Nielsen and Schwarzenegger when I was about eight years old — and I know that movie isn’t without its problems, but it’s almost impossible to describe how incredible it was to watch a film in which the heroine was just as strong and as tough as the muscle-bound hero. I loved that she was arrogant, skilled, and never wimped out or waited for rescue, and I immediately went out in search of similar stories about her. Red Sonja was a revelation to eight-year-old me, and I can trace many of the heroines I write today back to those roots.”

“Wow. Gail and the editorial team at Dynamite have put together an incredible team of creators – a prestigious and impressive list – on a series that celebrates one of the strongest female characters in comics. I can say, that they have done an incredible job together, and I thank them,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci.

Red Sonja #1

Posted in Comics, Previews on July 15, 2013 by nemedian bard

Here’s an advance look at Red Sonja #1 on sale July 17.

Red Sonja #1 cover by Nicola ScottRed Sonja #1 cover by Amanda ConnerRed Sonja #1 cover by Colleen DoranRed Sonja #1 cover by Stephanie BuscemaRed Sonja #1 cover by Fiona StaplesRed Sonja #1 cover by Jenny FrisonRed Sonja #1 Page 1Red Sonja #1 Page 2Red Sonja #1 Page 3Red Sonja #1 Page 4Red Sonja #1 Page 5

THIS IS IT. Red Sonja gets a fresh new attitude by the dream team of writer GAIL SIMONE (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) and artist WALTER GEOVANI (Prophecy, Witchblade), on the book they were born to create. Sonja pays back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect, even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! This thrilling new series features covers by the top female artists in the industry, including Nicola Scott, Colleen Doran, Jenny Frison, Fiona Staples, Amanda Conner and more. You do NOT want to miss this re-introduction the She-devil with a Sword!