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During ECCC Dynamite announced that Gail Simone will be the new writer on Red Sonja. Last night during the Dynamite panel Simone said she’s “having so, so much fun writing it. It’s going to be bad ass” She said the book would have a “strong female character with lust, humor, blood and maybe some severed heads. Also alcohol and plagues.”
Red Sonja most famously appeared as part of Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian and then her own series. The character was later was relaunched by Dynamite where she has appeared for the last decade. Red Sonja, a sword wielding barbarian, is known for both her red hair and her costume which consists of a chain mail bikini.
That chainmail bikini was addressed during the panel last night. Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci asked Simone, “don’t you think it’s unrealistic to have a woman wear a chainmail bikini, how can you write that? Oh, I must be reading too many posts.” Simone said, “I’m not the one wearing the chain bikini, Red Sonja thinks its fine. She’d be more uncomfortable in a formal dress.”
The publisher and Simone smartly lined up a number of female artists for the book’s covers perhaps giving that bikini a bit of teflon. The interiors of the book, however, will be by Walter Geovani. Among the artist doing covers are Nicola Scott, Fiona Staples, Colleen Doran, Jenny Frisson, Stephanie Buscema and Amanda Conner. Simone said that when contacting the artists many of them turned out to be “closet Red Sonja fans.”
Here’s a look at the Fiona Staples cover. The book is out in July.