Dynamite has announced a new big event series from Gail Simone and Sergio Davila, Swords of Sorrow. Crossing over between many of their female characters, the series will lead into a series of tie-in stories written by some of the most talented women in the business, including Marguerite Bennett, Leah Moore, Mairghread Scott, Emma Beeby, Mikki Kendall, Nancy Collins, and G. Willow Wilson.


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The event sees Red Sonja --- a character Simone is well-acquainted with by now --- meeting up with a host of other familiar Dynamite characters, including Dejah Thoris, Vampirella, Lady Rawhide, Jennifer Blood, Masquerade, Jungle Girl, Kato... just a whole ton of characters. They're all being threatened by, y'know, A Giant Evil Thing that approaches all their worlds, and they'll find that the only things that can save reality are the legendary 'Swords of Sorrow' weapons.

In the press release, Simone explains why she chose to work on this particular project:


Here's the thing: I love pulp adventure, always have. But as male-dominated as comics have often been, the pulp adventure world seems to be even more so.  Most of the big name stars and creators are dudes, and that's fine, it's great. But it hit me... what if that wasn't the case? What if adventure pulps had also been written with female readers in mind, and awesome female characters in the spotlight? That's the scenario we are imagining, and it's just been a blast.


Simone will write the main Swords of Sorrow book, starting in May.


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The story will spill out into a series of tie-ins by other writers and artists. Simone has curated an all-female line-up of writers, who will get to throw different characters at each other in some surprising combinations. So far we know that Mairghread Scott will write Chaos, featuring the horror heroes from the Chaos Comics univerrse, with art by Mirka Andolfo; G. Willow Wilson and Erica Schultz will bring Masquerade and Kato together, with art by Noah Salonga; and Nancy A. Collins will handle a Vampirella/Jennifer Blood crossover, with art by Dave Acosta.

I imagine that one will go particularly well.

Issue #1 of Swords of Sorrow comes out from Dynamite in May.


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