This summer, someone at Dynamite flung the doors open for Gail Simone and told her she could write a series with all the female characters in their books.* There would be her main series and also tie-ins written by other woman writers—The She-Vengers,** as Simone calls them. The result is Swords of Sorrow a wonderfully pulpy crossover where sword-wielding heroines meet across time and space to battle evil. Also, there are dinosaurs. The whole saga, crossovers and all, has been collected in Swords of Sorrow: The Complete Saga.
A mysterious figure called “The Prince” is opening portals through time and space as part of his plan to reshape reality. He has gathered his own band of women to fight for him alongside his Shard Men. Each is promised her greatest dream. On the other side, “The Traveler” gathers her own army of women (Composed of just about every woman ever to appear in the Dynamite comics) to help oppose the prince, giving key roles to her generals: Dejah Thoris, Red Sonja, and Vampirella. There is swordplay and car chases, quarrels, friendships, a T-Rex or two, and every sign that the writers are thoroughly enjoying the tale they are telling.
The whole saga is magnificent fun. Especially good are the core stories; the crossover between Dejah Thoris (with Woola in tow) and Red Sonja, who make a formidable pair once they get over their initial misunderstanding; and the one-shot featuring Kato and Masquerade.
Swords of Sorrow: The Complete Saga is one of those rare trade paperbacks that collects the entire story, all tie-ins included, in one volume—no need to figure out where Masquerade and Kato’s meeting ended up being collected, or whose collection Irene Adler and Dejah Thoris encountered one another in. Enjoy!
*Simone has a slightly longer version of this in the introduction to the Saga.
**Just LOOK at this list:
Writers: Gail Simone
Nancy A. Collins
G. Willow Wilson
Artists: Sergio Davila
Cover: J. Scott Campbell
is available for now. Look for it in the stores or on Amazon.