Swords of Sorrow #1 introduces the heroines of the series, drawing them from a wide range of space and time. Everyone from Dejah Thoris to Irene Adler is invited to the party via a mysterious messenger, and the thread of Chaos raised in Swords of Sorrow: Chaos is made more explicit.
Gail Simone introduces each character in action; we first see them busy with their own, often tumultuous, business before the messenger intrudes. These brief vignettes give a good idea of the character of each woman while the messenger, by addressing them, lets those readers who have not followed all of Dynamite’s heroes (raises hand) know who these women are. It also creates a lively, attention-grabbing story right from the start: these women have full lives already; they don’t need to be made heroes because they already are heroes. Very little of the threat is made clear, although there is enough crossing between time and space to show that the world is in trouble. Many of the crossings are also funny, which does not hurt matters one bit.
Sergio Davila is tasked with introducing a wide range of characters and locations in a short space of time, and he and colorist Jorge Sutil rise to the task. Each woman has as much as three pages or as little as one panel to convey her location and to say something about her character, and it cannot be and is not left to words alone. Vampirella’s city environment, Jane Greystoke’s quiet, sedate tree-lined avenue, and Irene Adler’s house are all indicative of their natures. Color cues help note the switches. Davila also provides visual echoes as the action moves from place to place; it is not an outright image repeat but a subtle transition point from one place to another. Also, there are dinosaur fights; specifically, there are T-Rex fights. All comic books should have T-Rex fights at some point.
Swords of Sorrow #1 promises an active, colorful series full of Dynamite’s toughest women—and dinosaurs.
I leave you with this final thought:
Ack, Swords of Sorrow is SO MUCH FUN. pic.twitter.com/BrISaONVaJ
— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) April 21, 2015
Writer: Gail Simone
Art: Sergio Davila
Colors: Jorge Sutil
Letters Erica Schultz
Preview pages and a sampling of covers (this title has more covers than you can shake a stick at)