When fans of toxic DC Comics character Stephanie Brown first learned that Gail Simone would be writing a new Red Sonja book for Dynamite Entertainment, they were extremely excited by the idea that the comic might feature Brown or other toxic characters such as Cassandra Cain or even Wally West. Unfortunately, a press release from Dynamite this morning crushed the hopes of these long sufferring fans with the reveal that the title character would indeed be Red Sonja and not Brown or Cain. Scott Stigall, president of the Duffee, MS chapter of F.B.G.T.G.R.I.H. (Fuck Barbara Gordon, That Goddamn Redheaded Interloping Harlot) responded to the press release with a statement to the comics media.
"It's only natural, whenever a new comic is announced that has any connection, no matter how remote, to Stephanie Brown or Cassandra Cain, that fans of those characters expect her to appear in the comics," Stigall explained. "In this case, Gail Simone writes Batgirl, which features Barbara Gordon, who replaced Stephanie in the role when the Nu52 launched in 2011. Therefore, it was completely plausible to assume that Steph would make her return in this comic, and also completely rational to be upset when we found out she would not."
Indeed, fans were also upset last year when Brown failed to appear as Nightwing in Smallville, a comic written by former Batgirl writer Bryan Millar, and also when a character dressed in a Brown costume did not appear in the Halloween issue of Lil' Gotham. Both times, Brown was replaced by the hated Gordon. Stigall blamed the misunderstandings on DC Comics management, which he claims sends mixed signals about Brown and her ilk.
"We're never going to put Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain, or Wally West in a comic book again," said DC Co-Publisher Dan Didio in response to the claims.
"See?!" shouted Stigall. "Mixed signals!"
"What?" asked Didio, indignant. "I'm being very clear. No Steph Brown. Steph bad. Baaaaaaddddd."
Didio then pointed to a billboard he had purchased in Times Square which simply showed Brown, Cain, and West on a white background with a giant red X painted over them.
"Just tell us what you mean already!" pleaded a distressed Stigall, on the verge of tears.
Despite the disappointment, fans who are interested in reading about another red-haired heroine where a blond-haired one would obviously improve the story immensely should check out the press release from Dynamite below:
GAIL SIMONE'S RED SONJA BEGINS IN JULY AT DYNAMITE
April 9, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ - Dynamite's relaunch of Red Sonja with writer Gail Simone will arrive this coming July will be supported by covers by some of the most distinguished female artists in comics. Red Sonja #1 contains covers by Nicola Scott, Colleen Doran, Jenny Frison, Stephanie Buscema, Fiona Staples, and Amanda Conner! Fans will definitely want to pick up Gail Simone's Red Sonja #1 this July!
In Red Sonja #1, Red Sonja gets a fresh new attitude Sonja pays back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect, even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! You do NOT want to miss this re-introduction the She-devil with a Sword!
"Red Sonja is one of the original female ass-kickers in comics, of COURSE I would want to write her," says writer Gail Simone. "Any reader who likes sex, blood, swordplay, sassiness, red hair, adventure, and monsters getting stabbed in the face should get this book."
Gail Simone got her start in comics writing for Bongo Comics, home of The Simpsons. Following her time there, Simone entered the mainstream comics world with a run on Marvel Comics' Deadpool, and later, Agent X. Gail is best known for known for runs on DC's Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl.
To celebrate the bold new direction of one of comics' most iconic female characters, Red Sonja #1 will feature a wide selection of variant covers by some of the leading ladies in the industry, including Nicola Scott, Amanda Conner, FionaStaples, Jenny Frison, Colleen Doran, and Stephanie Buscema.
"I had this idea to ask the top female artists in the industry to do the covers and Dynamite ran with it beyond my dreams, says Simone. "Not only did all the artists we asked immediately agree, they all confessed their secret love for Sonja. They adore her! Lots of the artists submitted multiple sketches because they couldn't stop, and many top names submitted sketches without even being asked, they love Sonja so much, and are dying to see this project."
Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, is a fictional character, a high-fantasy sword and sorcery heroine created by Robert E. Howard, and adapted for comics by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. She first appeared in Conan the Barbarian #23 (Marvel Comics). Red Sonja has become the archetypical example of the fantasy figure of a fierce and stunningly beautiful female barbarian who typically wears armor resembling a bikini or lingerie. For nearly a decade, Sonja has had many successful series with Dynamite Entertainment, and she now appears monthly, as well as in mini-series and one-shots, all published by Dynamite Entertainment.
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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more!
Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent!
Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.