Gail Simone and Walter Geovani are reuniting with Red Sonja - and adding in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan to the mix. The Red Sonja and Clean Room duo are launching a miniseries titled Red Sonja/Tarzan in May from Dynamite Entertainment. The length of the series is not stated.
"It's an odd thing about my career, especially being a female writer mostly known for superheroes, but I do get asked a lot to write these incredibly manly characters quite often, and the truth is that I just love them. I like stories that are bloody and sweaty. I love the dark night pulpy stuff. I can't get enough and it's a sure way to get me to work on a property," said Simone of Red Sonja/Tarzan. "Tarzan is the king of them all to me. When I was a kid, I read every Edgar Rice Burroughs book I could find. They had these Neal Adams covers, or Frazetta, or someone equally wonderful. And I just fell into that world in the same way you might fall into Middle Earth. I loved the jungle aspects, the family stories, and I loved how Tarzan had to fend for himself at the start. It was just exhilarating to me."
For this new miniseries, Simone and Geovani have created a new villain named Eson Duul, whom the writer described as "Tarzan gone wrong."
"I wanted a classic-style villain, something that would fit in with an ERB story or a Robert E. Howard story," said Simone. "And what we have is something that is kind of like a Tarzan gone wrong, someone who isn't content just to dominate; he has to make his targets extinct from the Earth. He's basically awful, and yet, he's not completely unlike some real like people with too much power."
Adam Hughes has illustrated the primary cover to Red Sonja/Tarzan #1, with variants expected from Jae Lee, Aaron Lopresti, Geiovani, and Sergio Davila.