Writer: Vita Ayala
Artist: Olympia Sweetman
Colored: Rebecca Nalty
You haven’t really lived if you haven’t screamed Xena’s battle cry. Well, at least that was a thing back when I was a kid and everyone would try but no one would succeed not like the iconic actress Lucy Lawless at least.
Dynamite announcement was like Xena’s battle cry and woke up all those feelings about the iconic TV series success, the amazing hero and her friends and enemies. Being Greek myself it’s always a unique feeling when I see ancient Greece coming to the spotlight through our epic mythology and history.
What instantly caught my attention with this announcement is the creative team behind the new “Xena: Warrior Princess” series which consists of writer Vita Ayala (Black Panther, Shuri, Wonder Woman, The Wilds), illustrated by Olympia Sweetman, colored by Rebecca Nalty (WWE, Sparrowhawk) and lettered by Ariana Maher (James Bond 007, Nancy Drew).
Editor Nate Cosby nutshells the comic series
“Bounding adventures! Amazing episodes that build to a huge overall story! Every action sequence motivated by strong characters and deep emotion! Did you dig the Xena television series? You will ADORE what Vita, Olympia, Rebecca and Ariana are cooking up with this series. And if you don’t know what Xena’s about? This is the perfect place to start!”Nate Cosby
while writer Vita Ayala pulls us in the story with hints of adventures and places that Xena (and fans) has never seen before
“I am INCREDIBLY excited to be working on Xena! She is my favorite character of all time, and to be able to work on any project involving her is an honor.Vita Ayala
Theteam has a lot of fun things in store for readers, including some old frenemies and travel to places that even XENA has never seen before!”
and finally, illustrator Olympia Sweetman welcomes the opportunity to draw Xena and her adventures with Gods and allies.
“I am tremendously enjoying working on Xena, and feel fortunate and lucky to be drawing such an iconic and interesting character. To me, one of the most exciting aspects of drawing this book is having the opportunity to depict the vivid and interesting world of Xena, including the scoundrels, gods and allies. This is my first major comics job, and I am putting my all into this book!”Olympia Sweetman
From what we’ve seen already from the magnificent covers of the new Xena comic series, the art is stunning. From the multiple covers that talents such as David Mack (Daredevil, Jessica Jones), Emanuela Lupacchino (Wonder Woman, Supergirl), Erica Henderson (Squirrel Girl), Paulina Ganucheau (Black Panther), as well as Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin (Wonder Woman, Livewire) worked on and the panel work is beyond great and it does justice to the show.
From what Dynamite let out in their statement the initial story revolves around Xena’s and Gabrielle’s investigation to a mysterious village where children are miraculously strong. Could the infamously petty Greek Gods be involved, and if not how long before they stick their meddlesome hands in?