“In time of ancient gods, warlords and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle.” And this April, Xena is back in comics after a long absence!
Dynamite Entertainment has announced a new Xena: Warrior Princess comic book series with writer Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman) and artist Ariel Medel. This will be Xena’s first solo comic since 2006, and her first comic book appearance since her crossover with Army of Darkness in 2008. So, it’s been quite a while!
While the resurgence in Xena’s popularity may be due to the upcoming live-action reboot on NBC, Dynamite’s new Xena series is set firmly in the continuity of the original TV show. Although the exact placement of this story in Xena’s mythos may not be certain, it appears to be after the “Twilight of the Gods” storyline in which Xena and her companion Gabrielle were frozen for decades after the birth of Xena’s daughter, Eve/Livia.
“The world is precariously uncertain – and Xena and Gabrielle have been missing from it for twenty-five years. Even without Livia, the power of Rome is growing: Caesar is determined to conquer by lies what he can’t conquer by force, and the people at its edges know what’s coming. (All roads lead to Rome, and Rome is hunting.) Xena and Gabrielle scramble to stop him before they have to wage war against a man they once called a friend. But along the way, Xena will have to confront her past against a rogue band of women warriors, and Gabrielle, whose secret visions are becoming prophecy, will have to protect Xena – at any cost.”
Io9 had the first preview of Medel’s uncolored and unlettered artwork from Xena # 1
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