Dynamite is putting together a new crossover event that will kick off this May. But this event is unique in that all of the writers involved are women and it focuses on the publishers roster of female characters regardless of genre.
The event start with a core series called Swords of Sorrow by Gail Simone (Batgirl) and then there will be tie-in titles Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood miniseries by Nancy A. Collins (Vampirella), Swords of Sorrow: Chaos Special by Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Winblade) and the Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade / Kato Special by G. Willow Wilson (Ms Marvel) and Erica Schultz (M3). And as the event continues there will be books by Leah Moore, Marguerite Bennett, Emma Beeby and Mikki Kendall.
Gail Simone had this to say about the project she's been planning since July:
"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. The key players are Red Sonja, Vampirella, and Dejah Thoris, but it's such an epic-spanning, world-hopping event that we also have Kato, Jungle Girl, Lady Rawhide, Jennifer Blood, and so many more. It's the crossover I dreamed of when I was a kid, and now we get to make it happen."
The core Swords of Sorrow series that Simone is writing will be drawn by Sergio Davila and features Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, Red Sonja, Kato (from filmmaker Kevin Smith's reboot of The Green Hornet), Jungle Girl and more.
Simone is also the architect for the event and has this to add:
"We got the best writers around, gave them a fun combination of characters and just let them go wild. "It's creators like G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Nancy A. Collins and more, with book titles like Vampirella vs. Jennifer Blood, Kato vs. Masquerade, and Red Sonja vs. Jungle Girl. More about these tag teams will be coming soon, but it's just a ridiculous amount of fun to set these characters against each other, and I'm very proud of the astounding team of writers, who I hand-picked from among the very best of new female adventure writers. There's never been a crossover event in comics like this, ever."
Swords of Sorrow #1 features a variety of cover editions, including a Main cover by J. Scott Campbell (Danger Girl); variants by Jenny Frison, Emanuela Lupacchino; a subscription edition by Robert Hack; and incentive editions by Joyce Chin, Tula Lotay, Nei Ruffino and Cedric Poulat. Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella / Jennifer Blood #1 and the Swords of Sorrow: Masquerade / Kato special both feature covers by Billy Tan, while the Swords of Sorrow: Chaos special spotlights Joyce Chin.
The May Swords of Sorrow releases will be in the March 2015 Previews catalog.