Mark Russell’s run on Red Sonja is both a fan and critic favorite. Now, readers have the chance to purchase the first volume of his arc this November. For the first time, Dynamite Comics is putting together a trade paperback reprinting issues 1 through 6 of the current ongoing series as well as the Lord of Fools one-shot special. Entitled Red Sonja Volume 1 TP: Scorched Earth, the trade is nearly 180 pages and will be available for $19.99.

Eisner-nominated writer Russell (Second Coming, The Flintstones) and artist Mirko Colak (Conan) lead the team with colorist Dearbhla Kelly (The Wild Storm: Michael Cray) and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Lone Ranger). Artists Bob Q and Katie O’Meara make additional contributions in the special and in critical flashbacks. The trade features Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts’ breathtaking cover from the second issue.

The story follows the She-Devil of the Hyrkanian Steppes through becoming queen of her homeland, political and physical bouts with Dragan the Magnificent of Zamora, the introduction of her nephew Kryon, past and present tangles with supernatural forces, and much more.

Russell said, “What I wanted to do with the first six issues of this story is to show Sonja, not only as somebody who’s good with a sword, but a warrior of the mind as well. Somebody who’s capable of leading people through the darkest danger they’ve ever faced.”

“This first volume (of many!) is designed for the reader that’s familiar with Sonja The Red, or has never even heard of her,” said editor Nate Cosby. “Mark Russell’s reinterpretation of Sonja is a stunning tale that focuses on the reasons for war, of trying to go home again, of finding one’s place in a cruel existence. It’s a masterclass in world-building, that Mark and the entire creative team are putting on. Jump aboard now, it’s going to be an incredible journey!”

Red Sonja Volume 1 TP: Scorched Earth will be available for preorder in September and is slated for release in November. Fans are encouraged to preorder copies with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more! Head to Dynamite’s website for more info.

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