Garth Ennis is teaming up with frequent artist and collaborator Jacen Burrows for BABS, a six-part mini-series satire from AHOY Comics. After poking fun at the zombie genre together with Crossed, this duo plans on taking a similar approach with Babs by satirizing the world of sword and sorcery. With an obvious homage to comics such as Conan The Barbarian and Red Sonja.

“Writing BABS was an absolute hoot,” said Ennis in a statement by AHOY. “The character is one of my favorite types—good at the job but crap at life, with a lousy attitude to boot—and the world of Sword & Sorcery provides endless opportunities for deeply disrespectful humor. Having our heroine smash her way through goblins, ogres, imps, incels and other vermin was extremely satisfying; nobody’s going to be Making Middle Earth Great Again while she’s around.”

“I’ve been lucky enough to work in a lot of genres over the years but I have always wanted to work on a fantasy story,” followed Burrows. “I’m having such a great time getting to design the world and characters and I can’t wait to take readers on this wild ride.  The humor, the action, the wild creatures, and settings, this really is a dream project for me!”

Garth Ennis is one of the biggest names in comics-to-screen adaptations first with an AMC series adaptation of Preacher and then his acclaimed superhero satire on Amazon called The Boys. Ennis had also featured a decade-long career at Marvel penning of the most popular selling runs of The Punisher and is currently writing James Bond stories at Dynamite Comics. 

Meanwhile, artist Jacen Burrows has worked extensively with Alan Moore, Garth Ennis, and Warren Ellis. Published projects in collaboration include such titles as The Ribbon Queen, Crossed, Bad World, Neonomicon, and Providence.

“Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows master the genre of orcs, dragons, and living swords, adding an ill-gotten bounty of humor and heart,” said AHOY Comics Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer. “Babs herself—an outsized spirit of greed, frustration, courage, and comic violence—will linger in your memory.”  

Artists Chris Burnham (Batman Inc, Nameless) and Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn, The Pro) will provide a variant cover for the debut issue. BABS #1 will land in stores on July 17, 2024.