By Dustin Cabeal
I guess Dynamite didn't like all my comments about their teasers sounding like a company going out of business. That or they were too vague and everyone was like, "what the hell are you talking about?" The gist is that they're relaunching all their Golden Age characters into the modern era. Something they should have already done and have done here and there. But now they're a shared universe so it's different or something. I'll read it, but I'm not like "damn, need a change of pants over here."
Dynamite Entertainment has published some of the most celebrated stories in the long history of the Turok, Solar, Magnus, and Doctor Spektor publications. Now, the publisher will introduce a new era for these long-running comic book staples with The Sovereigns #0, the oversized 48-page launch issue priced at $1.00 retail as the perfect jumping-on point for new readers!
This debut issue of The Sovereigns brings together one of the most talented teams of writers in comics, including core series writer Ray Fawkes (Wolverines, Robin: Son of Batman) and artist Johnny Desjardins (Justice League, Vampirella Strikes), plus additional stories from Aubrey Sitterson (Street Fighter X / G.I. Joe), Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath, Hyperion), and Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)!
The Sovereigns #0 is the beginning of an epic tale that will change everything you know about some of comicdom's greatest and longest-tenured heroes! Apart, they've saved countless lives in hundreds of world-shattering conflicts. Together, they form a team that has protected the world in the past, present and future. Now, they will be reunited one last time to face a threat that will forever change their legacy and bring them face to face with their final destiny!
Writer Ray Fawkes says, "The Sovereigns is the story of all the legendary Gold Key characters at the apex of their careers as heroes -- and at their moment of greatest crisis. It all begins and ends with Turok, King of the Lost Valley. It turns out his life and his kingdom are more important to the survival of the world than everybody knew."
"Sovereigns is everything I love about comics," says Senior Editor Matt Idelson. "A huge, cosmic threat; heroes with incredible humanity yet differing from one another through their all-to-human quirks; and telling a story that both honors the rich history of some truly great characters while building something that first-time readers can enjoy is incredibly satisfying for me. Ray and Johnny are doing work you're destined to slobber over."
"The Turok you expect won't necessarily be the Turok you expect. We're taking the character in a different direction, and boy howdy, I think we're going to drag him through Hell along the way," says Chuck Wendig. "Getting to take an old character for a new spin is always a fun challenge, and Turok in particular, allows us to go gonzo - I think this is a story world ripe for action, adventure, and spectacular weirdness. This is not what came before, but the spirit of the character and the world remains. My goal is to bring in new fans, but also satisfy those who came before."
"Doc Spektor is back and he's younger, scuzzier and more self-destructive than ever before" says writer Aubrey Sitterson. "You're going to see Doc banish malevolent spirits, tangle with subway shoggoths, attend rooftop parties with clans of warring fairies, summon demons and, most challenging of all, try to win back his fed-up girlfriend while sharing an apartment with a monstrous roommate. It's more heavy metal than goth, and it's the brutal, fun, soap operatic occult comic you've been waiting for."
Writer Kyle Higgins says, "Magnus is a character with a rich history, and a premise that's an absolute blast - how do you not love a guy who fights futuristic robots? When I'm looking at whether or not write an established character, the number one thing for me is how far we're able to push things. Can we find an interesting, unique way in? Can we do something different with the concept, while still staying respectful to what's come before? Dynamite has been tremendous in giving me a massive runway to flip things on their head and turn this into a book that's very, very different. I'm having a blast, and can't wait for people to see what the idea of a 'robot fighter' looks like in 2017."
"When we first launched the Gold Key characters at Dynamite, we brought together some of the most talented writers and artists in the industry to set our interpretations apart," says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. "Now with The Sovereigns, we have done it again, to introduce something unlike anything that has ever come before. We are working with four incredible writers that we have never worked with before to build this new world, and have such incredible faith in the series that we're launching it at the introductory price of $1.00 for 48 pages to ensure we can get the series into the most hands possible via retailers!"
The dramatic cover artwork to The Sovereigns #0 will be provided by the talented Stephen Segovia (Titans). Three special "Sneak Peek" variant covers are available as retailer incentives, including artwork by Desjardins, Segovia, and Philip Tan (Suicide Squad), respectively.
The Sovereigns will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' February 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in April. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. The Sovereigns will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.