The current Red Sonja series has been a joy to read so I was a little bummed to hear that Dynamite Entertainment has already made plans to relaunch the series with a new #1 in 2019. With this creative team involved, I’ll still give it a shot. Writer Mark Russell and artist Mirko Colak have been tapped to deliver a tale of Tomyris, a world conqueror with a massive army and a fatal prophecy. A bastard sorceress craves revenge and a fearsome red-haired warrior is made wartime ruler of a homeland destined for decimation. You can probably guess who that last one is.
Writer Mark Russell says:
I’m a huge fan of ancient history because there’s no clear line where the history ends and legend begins, so in a way, all ancient history is a work of fantasy. I really wanted to write a fantasy title that allowed me to work in some of the incredible stories and themes of ancient history, in particular, the story of Tomyris, the bad-ass Queen of the Steppes, and it’s hard to imagine a better character to tell that story than Red Sonja, the bad-ass Queen of Comics.
Fans can expect a number of variant covers for the relaunch including work from Amanda Conner, Joseph Michael Linsner, Christian Ward, and Frank Cho. There’s also a cosplay cover and an exclusive Atlas Edition signed by Russell which comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Oh, and there’s a blank Authentix Edition too.
Series Editor Nate Cosby adds:
Mark Russell’s take on Sonja is steeped in greater-than-fiction history, with a humongous worldview. Sonja will be the focus, but what’s exciting is to see the lore and world-building that Mark’s infusing into this new ongoing, to create a fusion of modern storytelling while placing big classical elements front and center. The rest of the creative team is in perfect harmony with the approach…artist Mirko Colak is drawing grandly scaled perspectives, color artist Dearbhla Kelly is bringing a bold painterly palette, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou is styling beautifully rugged balloons and effects required for a fantastic fantasy comic.
I loved Colak’s work on Unholy Grail from AfterShock Comics and Red Sonja is a perfect fit for his talents. I can’t wait to see what he brings to the character and the world of Hyrkania.
Artist Mirko Colak says:
There is no special mystery why I accepted the offer from Dynamite. One name, basically, was enough: SONJA. In my country, Serbia, Red Sonja is very popular and I have to say, I am very familiar with Sonja’s world.
Look for Red Sonja #1 in February 2019.