I’ll be the first to admit that my comic reading, until recently, fell mainly in the Big Two categories. (Except for you, Hellboy. Call me.) I’m a superhero fangirl, it’s who I am. But Dynamite has been blowing my mind over the past few months, with the books they’re putting out – not only are they giving me classic characters that I grew up with, like Bionic Woman and Six Million Dollar Man (yeah, I know, he’s the Bionic Man now), Green Hornet, and now, Battlestar Galactica, but they’ve managed to get hold of the books I loved back when I was first developing my collection: Vampirella and Red Sonja. So when I saw that there was a trade collection of a crossover series called Prophecy, AND it was written by Ron Marz, I needed to know more.
Remember that whole Mayan 2012 thing? When the world was going to end? Yeah. Prophecy ties into that, but unlike the Mayan debacle, this story is no lame non-happening. If you haven’t read this already, you’re for a compelling read with some fantastic art. Sherlock Holmes and Watson are called to a crime scene where a man lies dead, shot in front of a Mayan calendar adaptation. Red Sonja follows the evil sorceror Kulan Gath through time, setting off a chain of events that brings an amazing cast of characters together, including Vampirella, Dracula, Herbert West (the Re-Animator himself, folks!), the Greek goddess Athena, Alan Quartermain, and even Ash from Army of Darkness.
Lest you think this is just some crazy character dump into a weak storyline for the sake of selling comics, let me ease your mind – it’s not. Ron Marz weaves plotlines and characters together to fight the evil that threatens our world and creates a tale that I’m going to return to again and again. I love the way he writes the women in this book. Yes, Sonja has her chain mail bikini, and would we even recognize Vampi without her red bathing suit uniform? But these are strong, intelligent women who are going to save the world. There is a speech by Athena toward the end of the book that may end up being my personal motto from now on, about women saving the world.
Let’s talk about Walter Geovani’s art. It’s beautiful. He takes a lot of characters, and makes them all breathe. There’s a lot of movement and a lot of background in these pages, and he manages to blend it all together so it never looks choppy or awkward. We’re transported from the Hyborian age to a jungle in the middle of nowhere in the blink of a panel, and we’re not even rattled. The colors are beautiful and bright, and the faces – always a big thing for me – are well-drawn and expressive.
The best part of the book? The story is accessible. You don’t have to be a longtime reader of any of these titles to pick it up and get sucked right in. I am grateful and excited for more Dynamite crossovers, if this is how they’re done.
The Prophecy trade collects the 7-issues mini-series and includes character bios, plus Ron Marz’s original issue #1 script, and all the Paul Renaud covers.
Enjoy the cover and some art from Prophecy. It’s on shelves now, so check it out when you pick up your books on Wednesday.
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Walter Geovani
Cover Artist: Paul Renaud
Publication Date: May 2013
Format: soft cover trade paperback