Dynamite Entertainment has announced a new series from writer Troy Brownfield and artist Fritz Casas. The series, Blood Queen is a cross between a dark fairy tale and the historical figure of Elizabeth Bathory – The Bloody Countess.
“I’m really excited to be working on Blood Queen for Dynamite,” says Troy Brownfield, perhaps best known for his fantasy work on Grimm Fairy Tales. “I’ve always liked books that pull together different genres and manage to work on a few levels, and that’s definitely something that we’re doing here. We’ve got the horror element, the fantasy element, and we have medieval drama and all that entails. That means knights, witches, monsters, warring kingdoms, star-crossed lovers, betrayal, and loads of secrets. Or, as I like to call it: a great time.”
Set against the fairytale backdrop of knights and magic, Blood Queen begins with the heartbreaking plight of a royal child, teetering between life and death. Summoned to save the princess, a young woman of untold power begins a journey that will uncover secrets, reveal forbidden desires, and stoke the fires of war. Inspired by the notorious true story of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Blood Queen imagines the Renaissance era as a colorful nightmare of mayhem, lust, and sorcery.
“In terms of characters, one of the central issues is the idea, ‘How are the evil queens of fairy tales made?'” says Brownfield. “It’s less a deconstruction like Wicked and more of a look at what could make a fundamentally good person go bad. Then again, that’s not to say that it’s always going to be the person that you expect, and it’s not going to happen in the ways that you think you’ll see coming. We want to deliver twists, turns and shocks. We’ll also deal with questions of power: who has it, who earns it, who takes it, and why.”
Cover artwork for Blood Queen will be provided by Jay Anacleto (Warlord of Mars, Red Sonja) and Ale Garza (Deadpool, Teen Titans), while Sergio Fernandez Davila (Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure) has created a Retailer Exclusive Variant image that can be tailored to promote individual comic shops.
Blood Queen #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ March Previews catalog.