Red Sonja’s Earliest Adventures Explored in New Series Price of Blood With Sonja Shepherds Luke Lieberman & Walter Geovani
September 24, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Red Sonja swings into her new limited series, The Price of Blood, by Luke Lieberman and Walter Geovani this December.
Red Sonja caretaker Luke Lieberman returns to the fiery-haired heroine for another chapter in her early adventures. He’s joined by fan-favorite Sonja artist Walter Geovani (Death-Defying ‘Devil, Clean Room) whose prolific work on the character goes back over a decade, most celebrated being his run with Gail Simone. The blood-soaked colors are handled by Adriano Augusto, while the slashing sound effects are brought by Taylor Esposito.
“Sonja has had a really rough road, and it has made her very jaded, so she is searching for the brighter side of life. That is why she is so angry when this moment of happiness and innocence is stolen from her in this series,” said writer Luke Lieberman. “The goal with Sonja, as with any good storytelling is to do something different than everything that has come before while staying true to her roots. That is always the balance – between honoring to the history and being open to the future.”
“It´s great to be back! I’m always happy and honored to draw such an iconic character,” said artist Walter Geovani. “Sonja is a badass, cutting heads off, but she also has an emotional side.”
This new series takes place in the months following Lieberman’s last saga, Birth of the She-Devil [in paperback now], but can be read completely standalone like any great pulpy sword and sorcery tale. After the brutal events of that story, Sonja is looking to cut loose and drown out all the atrocities she has witnessed with ale. She travels to Aquilonia to attend the Festival of Fire with her new friend Elli.
Though Sonja’s escape is destined to be shortlived, as local forces have a starkly different interpretation of the festival’s patron god, Mitra. They come in to drench the festival in blood and Sonja finds herself invariably resisting them, and along the way spending time behind bars. Will the She-Devil With a Sword overcome this bloodshed and can she save the lives of those around her?
A pack of five brilliant covers grace the debut issue of this series. Geovani contributes one himself, and is joined by fantasy comics art pioneer Arthur Suydam, Red-regular Joseph Michael Linsner, a fearsome cosplay cover, and last but certainly not least, a ferocious piece by comics legend Michael Golden!
RED SONJA: THE PRICE OF BLOOD #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ October 2020 Previews catalog, and slated for release in December 2020. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!