The fan-favorite team of Gail Simone and Walter Geovani are returning to Red Sonja for a Robert E. Howard / Edgar Rice Burroughs crossover of epic proportions. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle meets the She Devil with a Sword for the first time this May. And it gives Simone the opportunity to work on one of her favorite character for the first time.
Simone said of the project:
It’s an odd thing about my career, especially being a female writer mostly known for superheroes, but I do get asked a lot to write these incredibly manly characters quite often, and the truth is that I just love them. I like stories that are bloody and sweaty. I love the dark night pulpy stuff. I can’t get enough and it’s a sure way to get me to work on a property. Tarzan is the king of them all to me. When I was a kid, I read every Edgar Rice Burroughs book I could find. They had these Neal Adams covers, or Frazetta, or someone equally wonderful. And I just fell into that world in the same way you might fall into Middle Earth. I loved the jungle aspects, the family stories, and I loved how Tarzan had to fend for himself at the start. It was just exhilarating to me.
Red Sonja / Tarzan #1 unites the iconic heroine of swords-and-sorcery with the quintessential jungle adventurer in deadly conflict with Eson Duul – an evil man whose very name makes the powerful quake with fear. The first issue will be offered with covers by Adam Hughes (Catwoman), Jae Lee (Batman / Superman), Aaron Lopresti (Death of Hawkman), series artist Walter Geovani, and Sergio Davila (Wonder Woman).
Simone also talked about her long time collaborator, Geovani:
Walter’s like me – we both love crossovers, and we feel downright possessive of Red Sonja. When he heard this was coming up, we agreed to put aside another project that we were working on for six months so he could draw this; he just wanted in so badly. Me, I’m ecstatic, because it’s honestly a bit difficult for me to write Sonja scripts for anyone but Walter. He just gets my scripts so perfectly. I adore him! And wait ‘til you see his Tarzan!
Red Sonja / Tarzan #1 will be solicited in the March Previews catalog and slated for release in May.