Red Sonja by Gail Simone Omnibus Announced
There are a few iconic characters not owned by Marvel and DC. Red Sonja is one of those. If there is one creator’s run that is more recognized with the character other than Frank Thorne, it’s writer Gail Simone’s time writing the sword and sorcery title. Dynamite is collecting her entire 19-issue run.
Gail Simone refined the character’s history, most notably removing her origins as a victim of rape. She also removes a vow of chastity that defined the character throughout her Marvel run. She managed to portray Sonja as a strong female protagonist and not change the iconic chain mail bikini that is part of her character as much as her prowess with a sword.
Here is the full press release from Dynamite.
Gail Simone’s Red Sonja Collected in Hardcover Omnibus!
The Character-Defining Epic All in One Volume!
Red Sonja by Gail Simone Omnibus reprints Red Sonja #0-18, as well as various extras. The 528-page premium hardcover tome is 8.2 by 12.2 inches and features a dust jacket. The book sports a Jenny Frison cover and reprints all of the series covers from Frison, Nicola Scott, Fiona Staples, Amanda Conner, Stephanie Buscema and more! This beautiful book deserves a place on every comic fan’s shelf!
Gail Simone is a titan of the comic book industry. She played a prominent role in defining and calling attention to the “Women in Refrigerators” trope. Through a prestigious two decades career she has written such critically acclaimed titles as Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Deadpool and Secret Six. As well as original properties like Clean Room and Crosswind. With Dynamite, Gail also engineered and wrote the epic Swords of Sorrow crossover and is currently reuniting with her Sonja partner Walter Geovani on the upcoming Death-Defying ‘Devil. This diverse bibliography has lead to both Eisner and GLAAD Award nominations.
In this iconic run, Simone gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude! A revamped origin story and supporting cast round out a nearly unanimously lauded title which Newsarama called “A highly accessible re-introduction to a storied character that entertains from beginning to end.”
Gail Simone could go on for days about this project, “Dynamite essentially said I could do any book I wanted, and I was frankly leaning towards Vampirella a bit. And my mom, who doesn’t read comics, begged me to take Red Sonja. We’re both redheads, and for some reason, Sonja meant a lot to her, something about a woman with red hair who takes no $#!+ from anyone really resonated. I wanted a Sonja who was bawdy and crass and a bit of a hot-blooded wild child. We see this kind of male character often but they’re still pretty rare for females to this day. The idea that this Sonja sometimes gets a little dirty and smelly and can STILL throw down hard made me happy. But it was artist Walter Geovani who made her one of my all-time favorites. He could draw whatever complex emotion I requested, and I learned to trust him and love him like few other artistic partnerships I have been blessed to be part of. I’m proud that we helped put a shine on her chain-mail bikini again. I adore her, I adore Walter, I adore the wonderful team at Dynamite and I love everything about Sonja.”
“When Gail came aboard, I had already been working on Sonja books for about 5 years, but she made me feel like I was drawing something new,” said artist Walter Geovani. “One thing I remember is that a Brazilian fan wrote to me sayng that he had counted more that 100 Sonja cosplayers and he had never seen so much of them before Gail became the writer. I think this proves how the popularity of the character grew so much, and I am proud of being part of that.”
The Red Sonja by Gail Simone Omnibus will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ July 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in September 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!