The classic Robert E. Howard character Dark Agnes -- also known as Agnes de Chastillon or the Sword Woman -- is getting her very own Marvel Comics title this February.
Announced at MCM Comic Con London, Marvel's Dark Agnes comes from the creative team of writer Becky Cloonan (Punisher) and artist Luca Pizzari (Weapon X, Black Knight). The five-part limited series will offer a fresh take on Howard's original stories. It follows Agnes de Chastillon escaping an arranged marriage to lead a life as a sellsword in 16th century France. Agnes joins forces with Etienne Villers, with the mercenary duo embarking on various exploits.
"I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you’d never heard of Dark Agnes," said Cloonan. "Well, that’s about to change. Agnes is the unsung anti-hero of Robert E. Howard’s legendary body of work. She’s a swashbuckling, musket-wielding, doublet-wearing badass swordswoman from the early Renaissance. A fierce warrior, a stalwart friend and a brutal, unrelenting force in a bloody, chaotic world. Agnes is just as relevant today as she was when Howard dreamed her up, and as she is in her own time: the filthy 1500’. Join us for a tale of mystery, adventure and revenge!"
"Considering Howard is mostly known for his male protagonists, it’s perhaps surprising to new readers of his works that the original 'Sword Woman' story was written back in the 1930’ as a woman in first person," added Joakim Zetterberg, Executive Vice President of Conan Properties. "It shows that Howard’s heroines equal his heroes in being whirlwind adventurers. We’re certain Becky, Luca and the Marvel team will make this series truly kick ass, befitting Agnes herself."
Agnes de Chastillon was created by Howard in the 1930s. The late author -- who (as Zetterberg alluded to) is perhaps best known for creating Conan the Barbarian -- penned two complete stories starring Dark Agnes: "Sword Woman" and "Blades for France," both of which were first published in 1975. Howard began work on a third Agnes story -- titled "Mistress of Death" -- but never completed it. His second draft of the tale was eventually completed by Gerald W. Page and first published in early 1971. The character of Dark Agnes will be introduced to the Marvel universe in Jim Zub and Scot Eaton's Conan: Serpent War, which launches Dec. 4.
Written by Becky Cloonan and illustrated by Luca Pizzari, Dark Agnes launches this February from Marvel Comics.