Why should young people get to slay all the monsters? Dark Horse Comics has announced Crone, a new five-issue miniseries by writer Dennis Culver, artists Justin Greenwood and Brad Simpson, and letterer Pat Brosseau. The fantasy adventure series follows an aging former adventurer as she is forced back into battle after an old enemy resurfaces.
Here’s how Dark Horse describes the series:
The Sword Saviour and Champion of Men once known as Bloody Bliss is now nothing more than a reclusive old Crone. When an old enemy returns, Bliss is once more needed to save the Three Kingdoms but does she have the strength to answer the call?
Crone is the first teaming of Culver and Greenwood on a full story, though Greenwood did provide a cover for the fifth issue of Culver’s Image series Burnouts. Greenwood is best known for his work on The Fuse with writer Antony Johnston, and for Stumptown with Greg Rucka, a television adaptation of which is set to debut on ABC this fall.
Dark Horse has carved out a nice little niche for itself as a publisher of off-beat fantasy books, with titles like this week’s Berserker Unbound by Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato Jr., not to mention Mike Mignola and co.’s Hellboy material. Crone looks like it will fit in with the rest of the publisher’s line nicely.
Check out the cover to Crone #1, as well as the full announcement from Dark Horse, below. The first issue of the five-issue series is due in stores November 6th.
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (August 6, 2019)—Dark Horse Comics invites you on a quest for blood and vengeance that is equal parts Unforgiven and Xena: Warrior Princess.
The Sword Saviour and Champion of Men once known as Bloody Bliss is now nothing more than a reclusive old Crone. When an old enemy returns, Bliss is once more needed to save the Three Kingdoms but does she have the strength to answer the call? Only Dennis Culver and Justin Greenwood know for sure!
“This is a story I’ve long wanted to tell.” said Culver. “Crone is about facing death after a long life of regret and trying to rise to the challenge of making up for your mistakes when given one last chance.”
Greenwood added, “The idea of our old Crone having to battle her way back to a dangerous life she’d long put away was enough to make me want to jump in but Dennis has surprised me with every issue, creating a world that marries the darkness and wonder that I like best in a fantasy story.”
Joining Dennis and Justin on this epic adventure are colorist Brad Simpson (The Witcher: Curse of Crows, The Last Siege), and letterer Pat Brosseau (Hellboy: Conqueror Worm, Sweet Tooth). Together they craft a tale never seen before in the fantasy genre.
Culver continued, “The art team behind Crone is nothing short of amazing. Justin and Brad are like chocolate and peanut butter when it comes to the visuals and Pat’s logo alone for the book makes the whole thing next level. You’ll want to get in early on this one!”
Crone #1 (of five) reawakens the fierce warrior inside us all on November 6, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.