Monday, February 23, 2015

Red Sonja and Conan Cross Blades Again in New Series from Dynamite Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics


Conan and Red Sonja can never seem to get enough of one another, crossing paths (and swords) seemingly every other day. Their merging travels does allow for two publishers in Dynamite Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics to merge in order to publish another crossover between the two aforementioned warriors. Following on the success of Conan/Red Sonja, Red Sonja/Conan will give Victor Gischler the chance to write a saga about the two fabled warriors. And it will feature cover artwork by Alex Ross, Ed Benes and Roberto Castro.

"I'm very excited to be working with two amazing iconic characters like Red Sonja and Conan. It's also pretty awesome that two comic publishers like Dynamite and Dark Horse can come together to make something like this happen," said Gischler "I think we're in for some top notch high adventure."

In Red Sonja/Conan, the crimson-tressed warrior and Hyborian berserker are reunited during an impromptu tournament of arms, a festive occasion that unexpectedly gives way to supernatural menace. The famous fantasy pair -- known for their camraderie in battle, the fiery tension of an unspoken passion, and the occasional rivalry towards each other as respected peers -- must unite to face a horde of demons set loose upon the land. While the events of Red Sonja / Conan take place one year after the continuity established in the Conan / Red Sonja series of early 2015, the script has been carefully constructed to appeal to returning fans and newcomers alike.

"Pairing up Red Sonja and Conan the first time was so much fun, we just had to do it again," says Dynamite Publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci. "The two have such an interesting history in comics between them, dating back to the late 1970s, and it seems that more than just sparks are destined to fly whenever this pair of star-crossed warriors meet. We at Dynamite are very proud to work alongside our friends at Dark Horse Comics to reunite these icons, and to deliver the best fantasy comic books ever made available on store shalves."

"We're extremely excited to see Dynamite complete this adventure fifteen years in the making between these two classic characters," says Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. "Dynamite has been a fantastic partner to work with on this critically acclaimed series and no doubt their story arc will be an excellent contribution to the Robert E. Howard legacy."

The new Red Sonja/Conan miniseries is slated for release beginning in Summer 2015. The current Conan/Red Sonja series, co-written by Gail Simone and Jim Zub, and featuring artwork by Dan Panosian, is available for purchase in stores now from Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Entertainment. Full press release below.
Red Sonja and Conan Cross Blades Once More in All-New Comic Book Series,
Courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics

February 20, 2015 - Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics are proud to announce that Red Sonja, the fearless She-Devil with a Sword, and the legendary adventurer Conan the Barbarian will team up once again in an all-new comic book miniseries, Red Sonja / Conan. Following upon the success of the Conan / Red Sonja crossover released in January 2015, the new launch welcomes celebrated author Victor Gischler as the series writer. Red Sonja / Conan will debut this summer with a #1 issue featuring cover artwork by Alex Ross, Ed Benes, and Roberto Castro.

In Red Sonja / Conan, the crimson-tressed warrior and Hyborian berserker are reunited during an impromptu tournament of arms, a festive occasion that unexpectedly gives way to supernatural menace. The famous fantasy pair -- known for their camraderie in battle, the fiery tension of an unspoken passion, and the occasional rivalry towards each other as respected peers -- must unite to face a horde of demons set loose upon the land.  While the events of Red Sonja / Conan take place one year after the continuity established in the Conan / Red Sonja series of early 2015, the script has been carefully constructed to appeal to returning fans and newcomers alike.

"I'm very excited to be working with two amazing iconic characters like Red Sonja and Conan. It's also pretty awesome that two comic publishers like Dynamite and Dark Horse can come together to make something like this happen," said writer Victor Gischler "I think we're in for some top notch high adventure."

Victor Gischler, a bestselling novelist and comic book writer, has written adventures set within the swords-and-sorcery world of Robert E. Howard previously, in the form of a five-issue Dark Horse miniseries called Conan: The Phantoms of the Black Coast. Red Sonja / Conan marks the writer's first time writing the She-Devil with a Sword, although he has worked hand-in-hand with Dynamite Entertainment twice before, with an acclaimed run on The Shadow and its spin-off series, Noir. Gischler's extensive work in the comic book industry also includes two stories set with Joss Whedon's Buffyverse (Spike and Angel & Faith), as well as popular Marvel superhero titles The Punisher, Deadpool, and X-Men.

"Pairing up Red Sonja and Conan the first time was so much fun, we just had to do it again," says Dynamite Publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci. "The two have such an interesting history in comics between them, dating back to the late 1970s, and it seems that more than just sparks are destined to fly whenever this pair of star-crossed warriors meet. We at Dynamite are very proud to work alongside our friends at Dark Horse Comics to reunite these icons, and to deliver the best fantasy comic books ever made available on store shalves."

"We're extremely excited to see Dynamite complete this adventure fifteen years in the making between these two classic characters," says Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. "Dynamite has been a fantastic partner to work with on this critically acclaimed series and no doubt their story arc will be an excellent contribution to the Robert E. Howard legacy." 

The new Red Sonja / Conan miniseries is slated for release beginning in Summer 2015.  The current Conan / Red Sonja series, co-written by Gail Simone and Jim Zub, and featuring artwork by Dan Panosian, is available for purchase in stores now from Dark Horse Comics and Dynamite Entertainment.  Fans are encouraged to look for new announcements on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram as the latest updates become available.




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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, Red Sonja, 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, 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.

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About Dark Horse:


Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant.  The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Geof Darrow, Guillermo Del Toro and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy.  Its successful line of comics, books, and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Halo, Serenity, The Legend of Zelda, Game of Thrones and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world's leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.  For more information, please visit: http://www.darkhorse.com/.


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