NEWS: DFE announcements for 11/01/2006

by Jeff

DYNAMITE PRESENTS THEIR FIRST RED SONJA ANNUAL
TIME FOR SOME MORE SUGAR, BABY – ZOMBIE STYLE!
THE RETURN OF KULAN GATH FINALE!

DYNAMITE PRESENTS THEIR FIRST RED SONJA ANNUAL

Red Sonja Annual Hits Stores in December!

October 30, 2006, Runnemede, NJ – With the comic heroine’s 35th Anniversary of her first comic appearance from Conan #23 in January, Dynamite Entertainment ends the year with a bang by releasing images and information today showcasing RED SONJA: SHE-DEVIL WITH A SWORD ANNUAL #1. The first Red Sonja annual features an all-new tale of the Hyborian Age written by series writer Michael Avon Oeming, and art by regular series “flashback” artist Stephen Sadowski. To celebrate the She-Devil with a Sword’s first annual, regular series artist Mel Rubi and Dynamite fan favorite Stjephan Sejic join Steve Sadowski for a trio of covers!

About the release, DYNAMITE stated: “For our She-Devil with a Sword’s first annual, Michael Avon Oeming has scripted a tale of legendary significance- a story that is a perfect indication of how important the “idea” of Red Sonja is in the Hyborian Age. Moreover, having the artistic talents of Steven Sadowski illustrates the true magnitude of the tale! Steven has provided the stunning flashback scenes for The Return of Kulan Guth story arc in Red Sonja’s regular series, so not only is he familiar with Red Sonja’s adventures, but he has been an instrumental part in recounting her mythos as well. The Annual also contains a back-up feature showcasing Red Sonja’s previous adventures in the classic Marvel series.”

RED SONJA: SHE-DEVIL WITH A SWORD ANNUAL #1 (OCT06 3320) WRITTEN BY MICHAEL AVON OEMING; ART BY STEPHEN SADOWSKI; COVERS BY: STJEPHAN SEJIC (50%) AND STEPHEN SADOWSKI (25%) and MEL RUBI (25%)

Our First Red Sonja Annual featuring series writer Michael Avon Oeming along with Red Sonja “flashback” artist Stephen Sadowski!

In “Masks” the legend of Red Sonja is told from a different perspective as a mask maker enters a small village to present the wife of a brothel owner with a special mask to unleash the she-devil within. Plus: DYNAMITE presents a special 8 page guide to the world of Red Sonja, including a complete overview of her previous and legendary Marvel comic book series!

This special annual also features three all-new covers: Stjephan Sejic, Stephen Sadowski and regular Sonja artist Mel Rubi!


TIME FOR SOME MORE SUGAR, BABY – ZOMBIE STYLE!

Oh, It’s True! The first crossover between Marvel and Dynamite Entertainment,

the Marvel Zombies Vs. The Army of Darkness Five Issue Limited Series!

October 31, 2006, Runnemede, NJ – Dynamite Entertainment today announces the crossover event of ‘07 – a Five Issue Limited Series titled Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness.

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness will act as a direct prequel to last year’s smash Marvel Zombies series which featured “dynamite” covers by Arthur Suydam, crisp scripts by Robert Kirkman and fantastic art by Sean Philips and colorist June Chung! Oddly enough Marvel Zombies followed the events in Mark Millar’s and Greg Land’s Ultimate Fantastic Four #24. To throw in more crossover madness, the final pages of DYNAMITE’S Army of Darkness #13 by writer James Kuhoric, teases at the upcoming event. So the groundwork has been laid out through the Ultimate Universe, the Marvel Universe, and now the Army of Darkness Universe!

The announcement also comes hot on the heels of both DYNAMITE’S Army of Darkness and Marvel’s Marvel Zombies winning 2006 Scream Awards from Spike TV (DYNAMITE’S Army of Darkness won for Best Screen-To-Comic Adaptation, and Marvel Zombies won for Best Comic).

DYNAMITE stated: “Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness! This is a big one for Ashley J. Williams! The Biggest. We’re very pleased to be working with a great creative team and our good friends at Marvel on this one, it’s gonna be a blast! We are working hand in hand with Marvel to have this crossover mean as much as possible. We not only were able to fit the story in continuity but we’re also keeping it fresh and fun (or as much fun as you can with zombies after Ash!). And stay tuned, True Believers, we’ve got a few more tricks and treats up our sleeves in 2007.”

The series is bringing the best of the best with the old and the new. Featuring covers in the Marvel Zombie tradition by Arthur Suydam (and wait till you see the way Arthur incorporates Ash in to each “new” classic image), this landmark event is written by newcomer John Layman (Xena; Red Sonja) with interior art by Fabiano Neves (Xena) and magnificent coloring by June Chung (Marvel Zombies). And of course, the spiritual guru of the undead himself, Robert Kirkman will be acting as a special consultant on the whole series.

“Marvel Zombies was really one of the breakout hits of 2006 with multiple printings even for the Hardcover collection, and this limited series follows up on the heat of that success! It should prove to be an exciting ride for both Marvel and Dynamite as we work together in the first of what we hope to be many crossovers,” said David Gabriel, Marvel’s Vice President of Sales. “My one wish that I hope retailers make come true..order heavily on these issues…please don’t make us do second, third, fourth, and fifth printings of all these issues all through next year…”

Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness is scheduled for a March release, and will take the place of the regular AOD series, which will be on hiatus while the crossover mini-series takes place (hey, Ash is in Marvel Zombie world, what would we do the series about? Evil Ash?… Hey, wait a minute, we’ll get back to you on that). Issue #13 of Army of Darkness is due in stores in December (and more to come on some surprises there), but hey, we’re talking about Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness here, so check out the cover by sir Arthur Suydam – it ROCKS!


THE RETURN OF KULAN GATH FINALE!

Red Sonja #18 Hits Stores in December!

October 31, 2006, Runnemede, NJ – Dynamite Entertainment releases images and information today concerning RED SONJA #18 (OCT063315). The issue will feature covers by series artist Mel Rubi, Gene Ha, Aaron Lopresti and Lee Moder.

About the release, DYNAMITE states: “It’s all been building up to this- the battle royal of the Hyborian Age that may usher in the reign of Kulan Gath! Our creative team has put it all on the line for this one, and the sacrifices and outcome will resonate throughout all of Hyboria! From the very beginning, Michael Avon Oeming has orchestrated Red Sonja’s adventures masterfully, moving everything and everyone into place for this senses-shattering showdown, thus proving that he will stand among the great writers of fantasy! Once again, bringing Oeming’s craft to life is series artist Mel Rubi, who has been incomparable throughout (with Steve Sadowski on flashbacks in previous issues.) And to top off this special event, Mel is joined by Aaron Lopresti, Gene Ha and Lee Moder for the covers this month.”

RED SONJA #18 (OCT06 3315) WRITTEN BY MICHAEL AVON OEMING; ART BY MEL RUBI; COVERS BY: GENE (Authority) HA AND AARON (Planet Hulk) LOPRESTI with series artist MEL RUBI, LEE MODER (SHIPPING IN EQUAL RATIO)!

THIS IS IT! THE WORLD AS YOU KNOW IT CHANGES HERE — The Grand Finale to the historic showdown! The villainy of Kulan Gath is revealed in the final issue of our most ambitious story arc as THE RETURN OF KULAN GATH concludes…

This issue – “Sacrifice for a God” — reveals what the series has been leading up to and sends Sonja and her companions on a new quest, a quest to save the very world! But when you see where they end up, it’s going to be a long road home!

IGN.com recently ranked DYNAMITE’S RED SONJA as one of the Best Indie Comics out there and the critics have been praising the “Return of Kulan Gath”! Don’t miss out on the best book on the racks!

Featuring covers by Gene (Authority) Ha, Aaron (Planet Hulk) Lopresti, Lee Moder and series artist Mel Rubi and along with the regular creative team of Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi and Booch!

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