Swords of Sorrow #1 (of 6)
Cover A Main: J. Scott Campbell
Writer: Gail Simone
Art: Sergio Davila
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
DYNAMITE’S FIERCEST FEMALES IN THEIR BIGGEST EVENT EVER! Fan favorite GAIL SIMONE (RED SONJA, BATGIRL) and rising art star SERGIO DAVILA (LEGENDERRY) combine to tell the ultimate pulp adventure, featuring Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, Red Sonja, Kato, Jungle Girl, and many, many more! Villains and heroes from a dozen worlds and eras face off against a legendary evil that threatens all their homelands. Don’t miss this thrilling epic tale, an event supported by one-shot side adventures written by the hottest writers today, like G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Nancy Collins and more!
If Marvel and DC think they own the massive cross-over event, there might be a lady or two here who’d like to contest the idea.
A mysterious adversary is lurking in the shadows as he gets ready to make a bid for ultimate cosmic power. Standing in his way is an equally mysterious protagonist, and she has her own ideas of how to combat him. Sending her Courier out into the worlds, across dimensions, time, and space, she gathers her forces. There are doubts, as the Courier points out that the individuals she’s chosen aren’t likely to get along together. Her answer? “Do you know what does ‘get along’? Prey. The herd sticks together, my friend. I don’t need prey. I don’t need soldiers. I need generals.”
And among the likes of Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, and Kato Mulan (of Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet series)… just to name a few… there won’t be much prey to be found. These ladies are some of the hardest hitting heroines and “anti-heroines” to be found in the comic medium. It’s fitting that Gail Simone, the driving force behind several successful titles from multiple companies, is at the helm for the main six issue mini-series. Her work on titles like Birds of Prey, Red Sonja, and Wonder Woman have put her at the forefront of the industry when it comes to books with female leads. But if she were just a comic feminist her success wouldn’t be as long-lasting as it has been. The lady can write, not just women, but solid character driven stories. It’ll be interesting to see how this line progresses, and I’m hoping that it carries more weight than just a gimmicky stunt.
Judging from issue one, it’s looking pretty good so far. We haven’t gotten so far as the “let’s get the band together” part of the story, but lines are being drawn… and blurred. The dimensional doorways are opening, and as we see Tars Tarkas of Barsoom squaring off against Red Sonja, and the Green Hornet’s car, Black Beauty, tearing through the jungle in the wake of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, things are just getting interesting.