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Dynamite Announces Two New Crossovers! VAMPIRELLA/ARMY OF DARKNESS and RED SONJA/JUNGLE GIRL!

Dynamite once again proves that it’s continuing to evolve into one of the industry’s major players.  Once again, the publisher brings various licensed properties together building their brands and introducing readers to other characters and titles.

Today, Dynamite Entertainment announced more details of it’s epic female written crossover Swords of Sorrow conceived by Gail Simone as well as a crossover between two iconic characters, Army of Darkness’ Ash Williams and Vampirella.

Full details after the jump!

SWORDS OF SORROW EPIC CROSSOVER EXPANDS WHEN RED SONJA MEETS JUNGLE GIRL!

ADDITIONAL NEW TIE-IN TITLES FEATURING ALL-FEMALE WRITERS AND ALL-FEMALE CHARACTERS

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Swords of Sorrow, the epic crossover of female characters conceived of by fan-favorite and bestselling writer Gail Simone, will continue to expand its reach in June and July with new tie-in comic book projects, each helmed by a female writer. In June, Dynamite will debut Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler, a three-issue miniseries by Leah Moore, as well as the Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro Special by Erica Schultz. One month later, the three-part Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl miniseries will release its first issue, written by Marguerite Bennett. The tie-in storylines, created to explore ideas introduced in Simone’s core series, will run concurrently throughout the summer with Swords of Sorrow and additional announced tie-in titles.

In June, writer Erica Schultz (best known for her work on the M3 comic book series and the original graphic novel Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne) will team with artist Cristhian Crizam Zamora to deliver Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow / Lady Zorro, a one-shot special that unites the Western heroine with the shady mercenary first introduced in the pages of The Shadow. In the done-in-one issue, Lady Zorro and The Black Sparrow join forces to fight a wicked prince’s Shards of Chaos in a prehistoric land. “It’s very exciting to be able to experiment creatively with characters from different eras and place them in these unusual situations,” says Schultz. “This whole crossover runs the gamut of genres, and I think it’ll be very exciting for fans.”

Also that month, writer Leah Moore returns to Dynamite on Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #1, the first chapter in a miniseries illustrated by Francesco Manna. Moore’s previous work at the company included several stints as co-writer on various Sherlock Holmes series, so her return to explore the resourceful Holmes character Irene Adler is sure to be well-received by fans.

Issue #1 will reintroduce Adler as a fugitive, a master of disguise, and a femme fatale, but even she is surprised to find herself made bounty hunter, tracking savage foes across the grimy streets of London. Meanwhile, in a far-off world, Princess Dejah Thoris (of Dynamite’s Warlord of Mars series) is defending Barsoom against an influx of trespassers and ready to put the guilty to her sword. The world-colliding events of Swords of Sorrow then bring these dangerous women together, with unexpected results.

In July, writer Marguerite Bennett (Angela, A-Force) will bring together two of Dynamite’s most action-oriented characters in Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl #1, featuring art by Mirka Andolfo. Of the crossover, Bennet says, “Red Sonja / Jungle Girl is pulpy, witty, charming, campy, and packed full of more action than one chainmail bikini can contain. As the Rift begins to set entire worlds crashing into each other, an ice wyrm from far Hyrkanian tears through the portal, raining down destruction the likes of which Jana’s jungle has never seen. The once-tropical island is plunged into winter as chaos overtakes the jungle with killing cold. Red Sonja and Jana the Jungle Girl must battle magic, monsters, Mistress Hel, and each other to destroy the cause of the curse and return balance to the world.”

“Gail has brought in incredible creators for the strongest female event of the year. This is the only event that is lead by all female writers and bringing in female artists on series. From Marguerite Bennett to Erica Schultz, Leah Moore, Nancy Collins and so many female writers as well as female artists. It’s one of our biggest events ever, and this is the opportunity for fans who want more comics with female voices will be able to enjoy each and every comic. We can’t wait for the fans to check each series out.” States Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.

Artist Jay Anacleto will provide the cover artwork for both Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler and Swords of Sorrow: Red Sonja / Jungle Girl #1, while artist Joyce Chin is contributing cover artwork to the Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro Special.

Swords of Sorrow and related titles will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Swords of Sorrow with their local comic book retailers. The Swords of Sorrow titles will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

DYNAMITE PITS ASH, THE CHOSEN ONE, AGAINST THE HORROR HEROINE IN VAMPIRELLA / ARMY OF DARKNESS

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the July release of Vampirella / Army of Darkness #1, the first issue in a four-issue miniseries that sets Ash Williams, the hard-luck hero of the Army of Darkness franchise, against the classic horror hostess-turned-heroine Vampirella, for the first time in comic history. Written by Mark Rahner and featuring artwork by Jethro Morales, the first issue will be offered with multiple collectible covers by industry heavyweights Tim Seeley and Jae Lee, plus a “Cute” variant by Tony Fleecs exclusively available to subscription customers.

The events of Vampirella / Army of Darkness take place during Ash Williams’ time trapped in the England of 1300 A.D. When the terrified, primitive screwheads approach the Chosen One with tales of a horrific flying Deadite — one similar to the one he blasted out of the air when first arrived, but much deadlier — Ash sets out with his boomstick and chainsaw to protect his adopted people. At the same time, a raven-haired temptress wants to give him some sugar… as his last meal!

Writer Mark Rahner says, “I loved writing Ash in Vampirella / Army of Darkness. He’s the rare combination of completely oblivious buffoon who’s also somehow incredibly cool when he has to be. The Vampi stories I’ve done have been sick satires of other pop culture horror – Buffy, True Blood, and Kolchak in the 100th issue special. I’m excited to write her in more of a straight-ahead (well, mostly) horror-adventure. This Vampirella is less superhero and more occult temptress and monster… and she definitely doesn’t belong in 1300 A.D.”

“Mark’s writing gets better with each series, and we can’t wait for fans to see this tale. Two icons meeting, and the mayhem that will ensue. This series is full of bloody chainsaws, fanged vixens, demon possessions, and boomsticks aplenty!” States Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.

Army of Darkness is a 1992 fantasy/comedy film with strong horror elements starring Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), the third installment in a trilogy featuring reluctant hero Ash Williams. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), the film saw its tough-as-nails, wise-cracking protagonist transported from the modern era to the Dark Ages in his continuing war against demonic evil. Army of Darkness generated a dedicated fan following for its premise and lead actor. Dynamite Entertainment has been the proud home to Army of Darkness comic books for over ten years.

Vampirella is a beautiful heroine who remains, even after 45 years of publication, one of the comic industry’s leading ladies, due in no small part to Dynamite Entertainment’s stewardship of the character. Since Vampirella’s very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published two volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers. The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre.

Vampirella / Army of Darkness #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, coinciding with a release date in July. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Vampirella / Army of Darkness with their local comic book retailers. Vampirella / Army of Darkness will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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