In March, Dynamite Entertainment will be publishing The Killing Of Red Sonja, the latest in Red Sonja books written by Second Coming/Flintstones/Snagglepuss Mark Russell and co-writer Bryce Ingman. This four-issue mini-series will run alongside the ongoing series that he also writes, exploring Mark's thesis that we are the sum of our stories and also changed by them. What happens when the "evil" emperor is felled?
In Killing Red Sonja, fans will be taken on an unforgettable trip through the dimly lit corners of the Hyborean Age. Readers who've been keeping up with the series know the first year of the run has concerned Sonja the Red waging war against emperor Dragan The Magnificent. They may even recall in issue #2 when the warlord bid goodbye to his young son Cyril. Now with his family and birthright gutted, he will stop at nothing to exact his revenge on the fire-haired savage queen. Including dabbling in dark magics beyond his comprehension.
Writers Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Year of the Villain) and Bryce Ingman (Edgar Allen Poe's Snifter Of Terror) are joined by artist Craig Rousseau (Impulse, Batman Beyond) to follow this rage-filled boy's trail of vengeance. Dearbhla Kelly and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou contribute colors and letters respectively, maintaining visual consistency with their work on the flagship series. Each issue will be graced with a striking cover by the one and only Christian Ward (Thor, Black Bolt).
Killing Red Sonja is intended to set up storylines and characters who will become prominent in the next arc of the main series. More fantasy-based, talking boars and gruesome monsters will be contrasted with the sword and sandals warfare in its sister title.
"Killing Red Sonja is a chance to offer readers a different sensibility than the main series, and also to allow us to dive deeper into the story of a character who will become the most ominous villain the main series has yet to see," said writer Mark Russell. "We hope to maintain the balance between humor and the meditation on power that the main series has become."
Bryce Ingman adds, "It's the heartwarming tale of a sweet little boy who dreams of murdering a woman he has never met. It's a book filled with wild stuff like human-eating giants, flocks of killer birds, amoral dwarfs, double-crossing sorcerers, and a smart-ass, talking boar. We're working hard to ensure that each issue is thrilling, thought-provoking, and filled with the unexpected."
"They had me at 'talking 400-pound boar,' and so far, I've just been trying to keep up, drawing all the stuff Mark and Bryce are throwing into the script. …Speaking of which, back to the drawing board!" said artist Craig Rousseau.