March 14, 2007, Runnemede, NJ - DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT released images and information today regarding the release of Dark Xena #1, Dynamite's second Xena series and the beginning of a dramatic new journey for the Warrior Princess. Dark Xena #1 is scheduled to ship in May with covers by Aaron (Incredible Hulk) Lopresti and Dynamite fan-favorite regulars Stjepan Sejic and Fabiano Neves, along with a Xena photo cover!
Taking place prior to the events in Dynamite's first four-issue storyline titled "Contest of Pantheons", Dark Xena links the finale of the Xena television show with the all-new Dynamite comic book series. Longtime fans of the television series can recount how Xena was introduced as a brutal villain but changed her evil ways and set out on a quest for redemption that ended when the warrior princess sacrificed her life to right the wrong she had committed many years ago. Dark Xena bridges the gap between the television series and the comic book series by featuring the sacrifices Xena's companions were willing to make for her to return, as well as the consequences of her resurrection.
About the release, DYNAMITE stated: "Our first Xena story brought fans back everything they loved about the Warrior Princess--action, adventure, twists and turns! Writer John Layman designed a tale of the Warrior Princess worthy of all the gods on Olympus, and artist Fabiano Neves brought the "Contest of Pantheons" to life. Now, Layman's next journey for Xena takes a step back in time and ties the comic series into regular Xena television continuity. Plus, hot off the heels of his outstanding work on the first Xena Annual (Strange Visitor), artist Noah Salonga will be teaming up with Layman to bring fans Xena's next big adventure - Dark Xena! Now is the time to turn back the clock and tie it all together in a dramatic tale of Xena's dark side. It all begins in May!"
DARK XENA #1 (MAR073330) WRITTEN BY JOHN LAYMAN, ART BY NOAH SALONGA; COLORED BY CHRIS GARCIA; COVER ART BY: AARON (INCREDIBLE HULK) LOPRESTI (25%) FABIANO NEVES (25%), PHOTO (25%) AND STJEPHAN SEJIC (25%)!
Taking place some time after the series finale of Xena: Warrior Princess and before the events of the "Contest of Pantheons" - featured in DYNAMITE'S XENA #'S 1-4 - "Dark Xena" finds Gabriele making a request of the gods and learning that you must be very, very careful, what you wish for, and how you wish for it! Xena is Dead, Long Live Xena.. er.. Dark Xena that is, and by Dark, we mean just plain Nasty...Mean... and Evil...
FANS, ASK YOUR LOCAL RETAILER ABOUT THE BLACK AND WHITE NEVES AND NEGATIVE ART SALONGA INCENTIVE COVERS!
For art and more information please visit: http://www.dynamiteentertainment.com/htmlfiles/p-C105895.html
Dynamite plans to have incredible support for this release with house ads, Diamond Previews Ads, online ads through news websites, as well as prints ads in Comic Shop News!
ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling titles and properties. Beginning with their Army of Darkness comic book series - launching as the #1 independent comic in July of '04 - and recently ranked the #1 selling Independent Horror comic -- and continuing to their best-selling Red Sonja series - issue #0 alone selling over 240,000 copies and ongoing issues and one-shots recently ranked among the best-selling titles in unit sales and dollar volume - and not only has Dynamite consistently released Red Sonja as THE top selling single comic outside of Marvel and DC Comics, Dynamite successfully places more titles in the Top 100 than most non-Marvel, non-DC publishers. Dynamite's new monthly Battlestar Galactica series is the company's first major launch of '06, debuting with an impressive 175,000 copies in initial orders sold for the introductory #0 issue. Dynamite's ongoing Highlander comic book series launched to excess of 100,000 copies sold for issue #0. The recently released The Lone Ranger #1 sold out on its first day in comic shops.
Now, in addition to the ongoing Red Sonja and AOD series, DYNAMITE has released the all-new Battlestar Galactica comic by Greg Pak and Nigel Raynor - launching with a specially priced #0 issue, having sold in excess of 175,000 copies and recently featured in the pages of TV Guide, A classic Battlestar Galactica comic book series, Xena by John Layman and Fabiano Neves, a Darkman vs. the Army of Darkness mini-series and is preparing the Lone Ranger with Brett Matthews and John Cassaday - and Dynamite has more on the horizon!
In addition to the creators mentioned - Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics, including Alex (Justice) Ross, John (Astonishing X-Men) Cassaday, Michael (Superman/Batman, Aspen Comics) Turner, Jim (All-Star Batman) Lee, Michael (Red Sonja) Avon Oeming, Mike (Red Sonja/X-Men) Carey, Jim (Justice) Kruegar, Greg (The Incredible Hulk) Pak, Brett (Serenity, The Lone Ranger) Matthews - as well as working with up and coming new talent and enhancing strong creators!
The company also produces new and classic material from such creators as Paul Gulacy and Doug Moench's Six from Sirius, Tim Truman's Scout, Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso's Borderline and other titles including Jim Starlin's Dreadstar, in addition to reprint editions of classic Red Sonja material and more.
For updated information on Dynamite Entertainment and their titles, please visit the Dynamite website at www.dynamiteentertainment.com