I’m not going to lie: I was so itching to use a title that riffed on something like, “They fight, then team up,” but then Witchblade/Red Sonja writer Doug Wagner took the wind right out of my sails during the course of the announcement from Top Cow/Dynamite:
“Let’s get this out of the way right now, this is NOT your typical crossover,” says writer Doug Wagner. “There’s no time traveling, no merging of universes, no soul swapping, and no messages in a bottle. The first issue won’t have the two heroes fighting against each other until they figure out who the real villain is. If that’s what you’re here for, you’ve come to the wrong place. WitchBlade/Red Sonja #1 is the beginning of a grisly trial for both characters. Red Sonja and Sara Pezzini are about to plummet into despair and hopelessness, both physically and emotionally. Their beliefs and courage will be tested, and it will take more than just either heroine brandishing their fabled weapons to overcome this threat. Humanity as they know it is at risk. And if one fails, they both fail.”
The story involves Sonja pursuing “a cannibalistic monstrosity into the heart of a dead, black mountain. Meanwhile, Sara Pezzini, modern day bearer of the Witchblade and NYPD Detective, investigates the ghastly death of a Catholic Priest.” Cezar Razek will be on art with Ale Garza handling covers.
Of course, telling us how the two characters meet would be teasing, but I do find it interesting that the horror angle is really being played up here, with the cannibalism and “grisly trial” Wagner called out in the quote above. No big piece of commentary here or anything, I just think that’s probably the smartest middle ground for the two characters. I can’t imagine the plot will scratch too much at the Christian iconography that props up Witchblade given how weird it might clash with the old gods and monsters world of Red Sonja.
Witchblade/Red Sonja #1 will be on shelves in February from Top Cow and Dynamite.