Swords Of Sor­row

Sis­terly smack­down

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Comics -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Dy­na­mite En­ter­tain­ment Writ­ers: Gail Si­mone, Leah Moore, Nancy A Collins Artists: Ser­gio Dav­ila, Francesco Manna, Dave Acosta

Swords Of

Sor­row opens with a teenage boy telling a young girl that not even Jana can tell their tribe’s mas­cu­line mem­bers what to do, just be­fore the pair are res­cued from a ram­pag­ing di­nosaur by the Jun­gle Girl her­self, and it’s hard not to see this first scene as a witty ri­poste to any less en­light­ened male fans who ob­ject to a cross­over fea­tur­ing solely fe­male char­ac­ters.

Draw­ing on Dy­na­mite En­ter­tain­ment’s nu­mer­ous li­censed prop­er­ties, Gail Si­mone brings to­gether a dis­parate band of al­lies, us­ing the fa­mil­iar de­vice of an in­ter- di­men­sional por­tal to con­nect very dif­fer­ent mi­lieus. With its fast pace and fre­quent nar­ra­tive cuts, there’s lit­tle chance to get to know those in­volved, in the first two in­stal­ments at least, while de­tails of the cen­tral mys­ti­cal con­spir­acy of the vil­lain­ous Trav­eller are also scant.

The main se­ries is ac­com­pa­nied by the oblig­a­tory tie- ins, and some ti­tles are more es­sen­tial than oth­ers, judg­ing by their re­spec­tive first is­sues. G Wil­low Wil­son and Erica Schultz’s Mas­quer­ade & Kato one- shot is a mildly in­ter­est­ing di­ver­sion con­cern­ing the Green Hor­net’s miss­ing car, while Vam­pirella & Jen­nifer Blood is bogged down by Nancy A Collins de­vot­ing six pages to the lat­ter’s story to date. More suc­cess­ful is Leah Moore’s De­jah Tho­ris & Irene Adler, which unites two vastly con­trast­ing pro­tag­o­nists.

Mostly avoid­ing any cheese­cakestyle poses, the art stan­dard is also high, with the Frank Cho- es­que Ser­gio Dav­ila ac­quit­ting him­self well on the cen­tral sto­ry­line. An ab­sorb­ing read that’s a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to Se­cret Wars’ su­per­hero over­load. Stephen Jewell Other spin- offs in­clude Ben­nett and An­dolfo’s Red Sonja & Jun­gle Girl and Beeby and Rodolfo’s Pan­tha & Jane Porter.

Yep, that’ll be beauty and the beast then.

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