Avengelyne, Shi Pair Up at Avatar

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Avatar Press has announced that it will hook up two of the independent comic scene's hottest woman warriors, Avengelyne and Shi, in a full color crossover this fall. Avengelyne/Shi: Tenshi is a full color one-shot scheduled for October and written by Robert Lugibihl (Demonslayer, Avengelyne) and drawn by Sean Shaw (Gen 13 Bootleg, Avengelyne: Revelation). Additional covers will be available by David Finch, Billy Tucci, Rob Liefeld and Al Rio.

"Any indy character who has crossed over with the likes of Wolverine and Witchblade has got something special going on," says Avatar Press editor in chief William Christensen. "That something special is the care and detail Billy has put into growing the character and telling her story. I'm pleased to be able to combine that singular quality with the exceptional work Robert Lugibihl and Sean Shaw have done on their respective Avengelyne projects at Avatar."

"An Avengelyne/Shi crossover is an event that the fans have requested for years," adds Avengelyne creator Rob Liefeld. "And Avatar looks to deliver a tremendous experience for both characters loyal fan bases."

Shi creator Billy Tucci agrees that this is one crossover that was destined to happen. "William Christensen has been a friend for years, and we've always wanted to work together," says Tucci. "Avengelyne is one of the most thought provoking, and Well researched books out there. And because they share some similar themes, Shi and Avengelyne are two indy comics vehicles on a collision course to making one the most enjoyable and visually exciting crossovers of the summer!"

Entitled "Tenshi", the Japanese word for angel, the Avengelyne/Shi saga cuts across history to feature two different incarnations of each character. In 17th century Japan, Yuri Ishikawa -- ancestor of the modern day Shi -- calls upon the fully angelic Avengelyne to help her battle a samurai warrior possessed by the demon lord Akuma. In 21st century New York, the now mortal Avengelyne is captured by a descendant of that samurai who offers her body as a vessel for the his new master...the vengeful Akuma! Meanwhile, Ana Ishikawa -- a.k.a. Shi -- is visited by a mysterious old woman who compels her to save the fallen angel that once aided her ancestor, but even Shi's incredible skill may not be enough to stop a rampaging Angel of Death.

"For those who have never read either Avengelyne or Shi, this book will be a completely reader-friendly experience and the perfect introduction to both of these great characters." says writer Robert Lugibihl. "But for those who have been longtime fans of one or both of them, it's definitely NOT your typical throwaway crossover. There are events and revelations in this story that have lasting significance in the mythos of Avengelyne and Shi. This one's got everything: history, mythology, angels, demons, samurai...and two beautiful,strong-willed protagonists who do some major butt-kicking."

Avatar Press has carved a niche for itself as a publisher that pushes the boundaries between mainstream and independent with titles such as Avengelyne, The Coven, Warren Ellis' Stranger Kisses and Dark Blue, company owned characters such as Pandora and The Ravening, and long-running anthology title Threshold. Now entering its fifth year, Avatar has published nearly 300 comic books since 1997.

Avengelyne/Shi: Tenshi is a one shot with a special issue 1/2 prelude story coming in October 2001 from Avatar Press. The full color saga will be drawn by Sean Shaw and written by Robert Lugibihl, with vivid color by Nimbus. For more information, email info@avatarpress.net or see our web site at www.avatarpress.com.

Source: Avatar Press

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