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Exclusive: The She-Devil saddles up in our first look at Dynamite's Red Sonja #1

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Dec 18, 2018, 4:14 PM EST

Dynamite Entertainment is galloping into 2019 with the She-Devil With a Sword leading the charge and brandishing a brand-new ongoing Red Sonja series with Eisner-nominated writer Mark Russell (The Flintstones, The Lone Ranger) and artist Mirko Colak (Unholy Grail, Conan) delivering a savage dose of steel.

SYFY WIRE is unpacking a few early gifts and offering up an exclusive five-page look inside Red Sonja #1, which attacks comic shops on Feb. 6, 2019.

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Credit: Dynamite Entertainment

In this adventurous new project, Russell and Colak deliver us into the tale of Tomyris, a ruthless world conqueror wielding a potent army and a fatal prophecy. A bastard sorceress lusts for revenge, and a notorious crimson-maned crusader is made wartime ruler of a rich homeland destined for decimation. No man is privy to the place of her birth or precisely where she learned intimidating swordplay that would make any man blush. They do know that she's been christened as the She-Devil of the Hyrkanian Steppes. We know her as the striking presence of Red Sonja.

Red Sonja started life as Red Sonya of Rogatino, a pulpy sword-and sorcery heroine in Robert E. Howard's 1934 short story, "The Shadow of the Vulture." The beautiful blade-blazing character was expanded for a starring role at Marvel Comics in 1973 by Hall of Famers Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith with a name spelling change and relocation to Conan's brutal Hyborian Age.

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Credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Russell is approaching this fantasy series as a meditation on power using ancient history as his base of inspiration.

"Cyrus the Great of Persia was the most powerful man of his world, but he met his end at the hands of the barbarian queen of a small wilderness tribe because he had no idea of how to fight them on their own turf," Russell told SYFY WiRE. "This is usually the downfall of great power. The arrogance of thinking you know more about people's lives than they do, and the blind compulsion toward expansion, never knowing or even considering which step will be a step too far. Mirko has done an excellent job of absorbing the ancient influences that inspire this story and melding them into a unique fantasy world.”

red sonja cosplay

Credit: Dynamite Entertainment

Head into our exclusive preview of Dynamite's Red Sonja #1 in the gallery below, with sensational covers by Amanda Conner, Joseph Michael Linsner, Christian Ward, Frank Cho, and an impressive cosplay variant, then let us know if you'll get a jump on the red-tressed warrrior before her feature film appears in the near future.