After a great weekend at NY Special Edition (more on that to come), where I got to meet Gail Simone, Jenny Frison, and Howard Chaykin, I find out that there’s more Red Sonja news coming from Dynamite. The icing on the cake? Covers by Amanda Conner. It’s a good time to be a Sonja fan.
Join fan favorite writer Frank Tieri (SAVAGE WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL), artist extraordinaire Cezar Razek (RED SONJA/ WITCHBLADE), and captivating cover artist Amanda Conner (HARLEY QUINN), as they tell a decades spanning, mind-blowing tale that could spell the end for our favorite She-Devil with a Sword in Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1. Look for Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1 in stores and digitally this coming September!
In Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1, the question is posed; what is the Black Tower? What startling mysteries does it contain within its walls? And most shockingly…how will its very existence cause the death of Red Sonja?!
“Simply put, THE BLACK TOWER is an old fashioned mystery and as we all know, everybody loves a mystery,” says writer Frank Tieri. “In fact, I’d say at times, this story is more in line with a Stephen King story than your typical Sonja tale. The Tower just appears out of nowhere one day-nobody knows why, nobody knows how. People are scared, they’re confused-and they start turning on each other. That’s when Red Sonja enters the picture. And what she finds is mystery that will span decades, which will pit people against each other, that will cost many lives… including her own. Now, I think that’s a story fans will want to see how it turns out, don’t you? I like that she’s this total bad ass-that she’s the WOLVERINE of her world, that she’s The Man With No Name– but she’s also a woman. Because you don’t often see that. You don’t often see it being a woman that walks into a bar and everybody tenses up, everybody pees their pants. And in Sonja’s case, if you underestimate her, if you just dismiss her as ‘just a woman’-she’s going to make you pay for it. And then some.”
“Frank brings his rough and tumble writing to Red Sonja, to create a no-holds-barred adventures of thrills, twists and grit.” – Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite Senior Editor
“Gail Simone’s Red Sonja series has received so many accolades, we have been very selective about our Red Sonja series or specials,” adds Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. “But when Frank pitched this mini-series to me, I knew that this would be a perfect stand-alone mini-series. And having Amanda on covers is icing on the cake!”
Frank Tieri has written New Excalibur, Wolverine (and its spin-off, a short-lived Weapon X ongoing series), Underworld, a post Avengers Disassembled Hercules mini-series, Wolverine/Darkness, Dracula versus Apocalypse, Civil war: War crimes, as well as World War Hulk: Gamma Corps for Marvel Comics. For DC, he has written a JSA Classified story, as well as Countdown tie-ins Lord Havok and the Extremists and Gotham underground. His style is gritty, yet usually laden with pop-culture references and black humor.
Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1 with their local comic book retailers. Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
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, Vampirella, 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, Red Sonja: The Black Tower, 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.