All the multiverses of all the franchises continue to spread like wildfire this year. It’s like every superhero and genre sensation have a new way to change their stars. The next is Red Sonja, who is headed to her fifty-year anniversary in 2023. Thanks to the world-altering events of Sonjaversal, Sonja turns to historical Japanese culture and lore in the pages of this summer’s Samurai Sonja. Enter the Sengoku period of Japanese history in a time of near-constant war. A new Sonja rises as the daughter of a slain samurai who takes on his sword and sets out to prove herself worthy of her family’s legacy.
Check out the first cover variants and character designs below, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment.
The new series is written by Jordan Clark (Aquaman, Star Wars). He’s joined by artist Pasquale Qualano, continuing his expansion of multiverse Sonjas. The creative team is rounded out by colorist Kike J. Diaz and letterer Jeff Eckleberry.
Samurai Sonja promises to combine elements of real-world Japanese history with the unique mythology of that culture. The Sengoku period was between 1467 to 1615, marked by endless civil war and tension following the collapse of the last major government. Prominent figures such as Oda Nobunaga are known for this period, and many of the most famous historical dramas in film, television, anime, manga, and video games are set in this time. This new vision of Sonja will be encountering legendary creatures from Japanese folklore, including the Demon King, Shuten-Dōji. The story will pull its inspiration from other major samurai classics like Samurai Jack, the Vagabond manga, and the films of Akira Kurosawa.
Artists with variant covers for the series include Lucio Parrillo, Lesley “Leirix” Li, Clayton Henry, and Paulina Ganucheau.
Add Samurai Sonja to your comic shop pull list now. It’s slated to arrive this summer from Dynamite.
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