Get your Chakram ready! Xena: Warrior Princess returns this April in a new ongoing series published by Dynamite. Written by Vita Ayala (Black Panther, Shuri, Wonder Woman, The Wilds) and drawn by newcomer Olympia Sweetman, Xena and Gabrielle investigate a village where kids have uncanny strength. The situation smells of Greek god meddling, but if they aren’t responsible, it’s sure to attract their attention soon. Rebecca Nalty (WWE, Sparrowhawk) on colors and Ariana Maher (James Bond 007, Nancy Drew) on letters round out the creative team. The series will also feature cover art by David Mack (Daredevil, Jessica Jones), Emanuela Lupacchino (Wonder Woman, Supergirl), Erica Henderson (Squirrel Girl), Paulina Ganucheau (Black Panther), Raúl Allén, and Patricia Martin (Wonder Woman, Livewire).
Editor Nate Cosby explains why this series is perfect for both dedicated fans and newcomers. “Bounding adventures! Amazing episodes that build to a huge overall story! Every action sequence motivated by strong characters and deep emotion! Did you dig the Xena television series? You will adore what Vita, Olympia, Rebecca, and Ariana are cooking up with this series. And if you don’t know what Xena’s about? This is the perfect place to start!”
Ayala was more than ready to take on the warrior princess, “I am incredibly excited to be working on Xena! She is my favorite character of all time, and to be able to work on any project involving her is an honor. The team has a lot of fun things in store for readers, including some old frenemies and travel to places that even Xena has never seen before!”
For artist Sweetman, the world drew her in immediately, “I am tremendously enjoying working on Xena, and feel fortunate and lucky to be drawing such an iconic and interesting character. To me, one of the most exciting aspects of drawing this book is having the opportunity to depict the vivid and interesting world of Xena, including the scoundrels, gods, and allies. This is my first major comics job, and I am putting my all into this book!”
Issue #1 is set for an April 2019 release. Preorder with your favorite comic shop in February so you don’t miss an issue. For digital, check out Xena on Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, and ComicsPlus.
Deanna Destito is a writer and editor based in New Jersey. When she is not writing about comics or scripting her own stories, she’s watching the lowest budget horror movies available.