Welcome back to The Dynamite Report! Last time, we took a closer look at an upcoming crossover that unites Vampirella with The Project. But as it turns out, Vampi isn’t the only one who’s about to embark on an adventure with this band of Golden Age superheroes. Dynamite is also preparing to launch a sister series where these characters team up with the She-Devil with a Sword herself, Red Sonja.
Debuting early next year, Red Sonja: The Superpowers kicks off with the Hyrkanian warrior in pursuit of Skarab Nor, a fiendish sorcerer who uses dark energies to turn his victims into “mindless thralls.” Through a twist of intergalactic fate, her hunt puts her in the path of Captain Future and his team. And because The Project’s science-based abilities stand in such stark contrast to anything found on Sonja’s world, this should be a meeting to remember.
Writer Dan Abnett, who’s currently gearing up for the launch of Vampirella: The Dark Powers, is also writing Sonja’s own encounter with The Project. But this time, he’s partnering with artist Jonathan Lau. Previously, Lau has handled the artwork for some of Dynamite’s earlier Red Sonja and Project Superpowers titles. So working on this new series probably felt like a walk in the (Hyborian) park.
Once again, we caught up with Abnett to learn how Sonja’s new crusade will be different from Vampirella’s. Check out what he had to say below!
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Hey everyone and welcome to Faust’s Corner. Which I’m informed is hosted by me, Vincent Faust. Which is not an alias, I promise. Though I may or may not have sold my soul for comic books. You can catch me behind the curtain on Dynamite’s social media and most of the other spots where you hear from us. I’ve got some great updates for the Dynamite diehards out there.
I hope everyone picked up our two big books out this week. In DIE!namite #2 the galaxy-wide infection storyline ramps up and more characters are brought together. My favorite moment from the issue is a fun panel where Peter Cannon says that “Masks are cool” – which you can take as both a woot woot superheroes moment. But it also has some relevancy in today’s crazy world with real life pandemics. Senior citizen Miss Fury is also a lot of fun, and artist Vincenzo Carratu has teased on social media that he’d love to do a series just about her. Hey fans, let us know what you’d think about that.
Meanwhile Death of Nancy Drew #6 wraps up this mystery tale and reveals all. Spoilers… Nancy doesn’t die. Or does she? You’ll have to pick up the last issue or catch up on the series to find out! For those even more interested in the behind the scenes of comic book publishing, this issue might be worth it just to read writer Anthony Del Col interview the designer of the series and its logo, Cathy Heard.
Fans who keep up with the week in and week out happenings of the biz and their favorite retailers are probably familiar with FOC, or Final Order Cutoff. If you’re not, it’s basically exactly what it sounds like. The very last chance for your Local Comic Shop to lock in their orders for all your favorite titles. Which means you can bug them to sneak in any preorders that you want set aside for you.
This weekend we have just two titles on the deadline, but they’re biggies. Vampirella: The Dark Powers #1 is the first volley of a super-saga by Dan Abnett that will continue and interweave with Red Sonja: The Superpowers, and maybe lead to something else too. What if Vampirella tried to fit in with some old school superhero types? Would they accept her and could she keep her dark nature in check? You’ll have to read to find out.
And on the other hand is Red Sonja: The Price of Blood. Fan-favorite artist Walter Geovani, from Gail Simone’s run, returns for a limited series set early in the adventurer’s life. Think of it like “Red Sonja: Year Two.” At Dynamite we like to sneak in a surprise ourselves at FOC, with new variant covers that are exclusive to that window for retailers to order for fans. Sometimes they feature completely new artwork, or are rare versions with alternate designs, removed logos, pencils, etc. Check with your LCS about what’s available to preorder!
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Red Sonja: The Superpowers #1 Cover by Lucio Parrillo
Red Sonja: The Superpowers #1 Cover by Joseph Michael Linsner
Red Sonja: The Superpowers #1 Cover by Jonathan Lau
Red Sonja: The Superpowers #1 Cover by Junggeun Yoon
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