I somehow missed this news, but better late than never. Dynamite Entertainment — which has published Zorro comics in the past — is expanding it’s swashbuckling titles by publishing a new comic, Lady Zorro. It’s a four-issue mini (for now anyways). The first issue is due out July 16th. Here’s what it’s about:
In the new series, Lady Zorro is called back to Alta California to recover a sacred Indian war axe, stolen by mercenary soldiers. Only she can stop an all-out war across the ranchos, and more deaths like the one that consumed her family…if she can stay on the mission. When an opportunity for ultimate vengeance presents itself, can she ignore it? Will the raging fire that drives Lady Zorro consume her… and all of Alta California with it? What follows is a violent, sexy tale of intrigue and swashbuckling as the female Fox must use all her wits and skills to get herself out of trouble.
Lady Zorro will be written by Alex de Campi (Smoke, Kat & Mouse, Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight).
“I’m going to bring to the Lady Zorro story many of the elements that fans love in my Grindhouse books — sexiness, violence, and impressively gory deaths — as well as my penchant for very original, exciting set-piece action sequences,” De Campi said. ” Swords, corsets, cleavage, dismemberment. What’s not to like? I always feel a lot of books on the shelves tease with sexy covers, and then the insides are a bit of a letdown. This book, we will deliver. I give you my word!”
Sooo sexy lady Zorro. Swashbuckling romance graphic novel. Got it. What else?
“I’m thrilled to be able to take on Lady Zorro,” says writer Alex de Campi. “She’s such a clean slate, having only appeared in three issues of the main Zorro book, and as a kid who grew up devouring swashbuckling adventure stories, being able to have my own lady heroine with a sword is like a dream come true. For those that don’t know much about her, she’s a Spanish gal whose family was killed by soldiers and, burning with vengeance, she decides she will become… a fox (Zorro means “fox” in Spanish). Unlike the noble, never-kills-if-he-can-help-it Zorro, Lady Zorro is a bit more bloodthirsty. We’re joining her in exile up the coast of California, where she is cultivating roses… and forgiveness.”
That sounds a bit better.
Looking forward to checking this out, though I’m weary of the whole sexy lady Zorro angle. Not sure “sexy” really needs to be a thing in the series. Or at least doesn’t need to be pointed out and shoved down reader’s throats. If it’s there, it’s there. Labeling it as sexy sounds like they’re trying to hard to get people’s attention. I mean, it’s Zorro. Sexy just sort of comes with the territory. Also Sexy Lady Zorro sounds like the product name for a bad Halloween costume.
Speaking of costumes, Lady Zorro’s crime fighting outfit is, well, suspect at best…
Yep. Really playing up the sexy thing. It looks like it was designed from bad Halloween costume. In fact…
I mean, seriously, that’s not very conductive to fighting injustice and or laying down some revenge. Maybe it’s just the cover. Maybe it’ll look better inside… but still. I’m more fond of the “retailer variant.”
This variant seems a bit more practical to fighting (no high heels, looser pants) and less painted on clothes. It could still use a bit of work, though. As my fiancee put it: “Yep, we want her to wear a corset, but still let her boobs have full range of motion.”
I won’t mention the mask because if it works for Robin and if Superman can just wear glasses to confuse folks, it’s good enough for other characters. Though I went to work in my Zorro costume one year and my boss had no clue who I was so maybe masks work better than we all think… or maybe my boss just never paid attention to who I was until.
Anyways, I’ll try to remember to do a review of this if I end up picking a copy up next month. Stay tuned.
In quasi-related Zorro news, Dynamite Entertainment is also co-publishing a Zorro-Django comic cross-over because of reasons…