Last year Dynamite Entertainment put together a Kickstarter campaign to collect the Swords of the Swashbucklers series that was created by Bill Mantlo and Butch Guice. The story followed spirited teenager Domino Blackthorne Drake, a normal girl… until she stumbled upon an alien artifact, acquired uncanny power, and became a beacon for intergalactic trouble. With her tabby cat Cap’n Kidd in tow, Domino joins the motley crew of the Starshadow – a spacefaring pirate ship captained by the charismatic and fearless Raader. Domino embarks on a cosmic odyssey to save her kidnapped parents and overthrow the evil Colonizer Empire.
Seriously, does that not sound like something the guy who came up with Rocket Raccoon would create? Part of the reason for the collection was to help raise money for Mantlo who has been in an assisted care living facility since he was hit by a car back in 1992. One of the biggest supporters of the campaign was Arrow executive producer and comic book writer Marc Guggenheim who not only wrote the forward for the collection, but signed on to tell new tales fo the Swashbucklers when it became obvious that fans wanted more.
Nowt he first issue is in shops and we have some of the process art from Andrea Mutti below. If you’re looking for a mix of Guardians of the Galaxy and Pirates of the Caribbean… Swashbucklers: The Saga Continues may be right up your alley.
The last we saw of the crew of the Starshadow in the pages of Bill Mantlo and Butch Guice’s Swords of the Swashbucklers, it seemed that all was lost. Decades later, Raader and her crew return to bring their adventuring to the cosmos once again! Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold, Spider-Man) and Andrea Mutti (Rebels, Port of Earth) team up to continue the epic space adventure. Learn of the return of the legendary space pirates as The Saga Continues!