"Possessed In The Most Positive Way…" – Brandon Jerwa Talks Altered States: Red Sonja

Dynamite's new Elseworld style series Altered States continues with a Red Sonja one-shot. Nancy Collins, writer of Vampirella #10, talks with Brandon Jerwa about the Altered States: Red Sonja one-shot, both on sale now. Cover art by Billy Tan, interior art by Juanan Ramirez. 

AlteredRedSonjaCovATanNANCY COLLINS: Brandon, with the Altered States stories this month we're being treated to 'alternative' takes on Dynamite's major characters. What makes this version of Red Sonja different from the original? 

BRANDON JERWA: In this story, we're seeing a young woman in present-day New York City who is … let's say "possessed" in the most positive way … by the spirit of Red Sonja, but our lead character retains her own consciousness. So, there's a mix of the modern and the classic, hopefully.

NC: Your story has the She-Devil with a Sword in New York City—can you elaborate on that scenario?

BJ: The villainous wizard Kulan Gath is found in a mummified state after thousands of years, and his corpse winds up at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, along with some other key artifacts from the Hyborian Age … including Red Sonja's sword. After an ancient spell awakens Gath, he works some magic of his own, and starts "overwriting" the ancient times unto New York City. A young woman named Sonja Majeure discovers that great villains aren't the only ones who can survive death, and she finds herself bearing the mantle of Red Sonja … because of MAGIC.

NC: How closely did you collaborate on the story with your artist, Juanan Ramirez?

BJ: Not too closely, but I think he did a fine job. There's just enough "fun" in his art to balance out the seriousness of all the sword fighting business.

NC: It's been some time since we've seen Kulan Gath. Why did you to pick him as Red Sonja's foe? 

BJ: You don't do a Spider-Man "What If" story with Leap Frog and White Rabbit; you haul out the big guns. Sonja is no different.

NC: Did you have any other potential alternatives for Red Sonja? If so, what were they? 

BJ: Nope! This was the plan from the word go.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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