Swords of Sorrow #1 Rocks the Comic Book WorldMay 7, 2015
Swords of Sorrows is not only an ensemble of the greatest pulp heroines of all time – Jennifer Blood, Red Sonja and Dejah Toris, to name a few, but Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Red Sonja) also teamed up with female writers such as Nancy A. Collins and G. Willow Wilson to bring us Dynamite Entertainment’s multi-title crossover Swords of Sorrow kicking off yesterday with its first issue.
In an action-packed debut issue, Gail Simone and artist Sergio Davila are doing a great job of introducing us to a wide range of protagonists by crossing time and space to different worlds in only just a few panels per page. By catching a glimpse of their current situation, we are introduced to Jungle Girl, Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dejah Toris and Jennifer Blood. Gail Simone’s writing is point-on and, despite only catching glimpses of them, it’s made crystal clear that we are dealing with well-established heroines in their respective universe.
Before The Courier delivers the Swords of Sorrow and recruits Lady Zorro, Irene Adler, and Jane Porter to join the team, he and The Traveler discuss the growing power of The Prince, a growing darkness overshadowing and imminently threatening all realms. Again, it’s not only Gail Simone building suspense by having a way with words and choosing just the right language to create tingling tension; the experience of Swords of Sorrow is enhanced by the art of comic book artist Sergio Davila (Legenderry, Injustice: Gods Among Us). He succeeds in complementing the story with exciting, thankfully non-oversexualizing art that really does get you hooked and with introducing a variety of characters in their beautifully distinctive-looking surroundings of origin.
The six-part main story arc (released between May and October of this year) is accompanied by three spin-off issues focusing on at least two of the kick-ass ladies involved as well as five one-shot specials beginning this May and ending in October. Mairghread Scott (Transformers) had the tough assignment of introducing the Chaos! squad to us in a preceding (but non-essential) prequel issue and did an equally exhilarating job of it. The team of enticing antagonists half demon, half vampire Purgatori, vampire assassin Chastity Marks and FBI’s Most Wanted Catherine ‘Bad Kitty’ Bell is unlikely yet made to work together to give our pulp heroines one he(l) of a time.
Join the sprawling adventure that is Swords of Sorrow and grab your copy (or several copies because look at all those variant covers!) today at your local comic book store, read it DRM-Free or pick it up from comiXology!
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