As I mentioned yesterday, I'm writing a five-issue miniseries for Dynamite Entertainment: Lady Rawhide & The Sisters of The White Rose.
Lady Rawhide isn't the best known character—her heyday was the 1990s, during the "Bad Girl" craze. A spinoff of Topps Comics' successful Zorro line, the title featured our daring heroine: Anita Santiago. After her brother is mistaken for Zorro and blinded by a corrupt soldier, Anita dons a mask and becomes a Zorro-esque vigilante, bent on avenging her brother, and a cat-and-mouse, love/hate relationship with Zorro began.
In Sisters of The White Rose, Lady Rawhide has been active for several years, becoming a folk hero for her Robin Hood-style shenanigans. But she finds the climate changing when a new group of female vigilantes launch a campaign of terror against the throroughly dishonest Governor.
I'm rather excited about this one, because I get to play in a genre I rarely have the opportunity to, the Western. It's also fun because my normal research routine is shaken up a bit; from the outset, Zorro exists in a historically inaccurate, "Mythic" Old Mexico, so I can relax a bit and just concentrate on swashbuckling and derring-do, and less on historical accuracy.
The book comes out in August; because the character isn't exactly a household name, if you're interested, let your retailer know ASAP: books like this live or die on pre-orders.
Here's the official press release from Dynamite Entertainment.
Official Press Release
Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces the August 2013 debut of LADY RAWHIDE #1, the first chapter of a five-part miniseries that will dynamically reintroduce the iconic Western heroine to comic book fans.
Written by Eric Trautmann (Red Sonja, Vampirella, Flash Gordon) and featuring interior artwork by Milton Estevam, Lady Rawhide #1 features cover artwork by the preeminent "good girl" artist, Joseph Michael Linsner (DAWN).
In Lady Rawhide #1, the masked heroine faces not only the corrupt forces of the government—bent on intimidating the populace through privation and cruelty—but also a new team of vigilantes known as the Sisters of the White Rose. The Sisters, inspired by the legends of Zorro and Lady Rawhide, have taken up the struggle against tyranny. While Lady Rawhide supports their goals, she cannot condone their bloody methods and finds herself facing off against her own devotees!
"Lady Rawhide is a thief, a bandit, a rogue," explains Eric Trautmann, writer of the five-part miniseries. "But she exists in a time and place where, as a woman, society has strictly defined what her behavior should be. Her vigilante, Robin Hood-esque actions are subversive, and her overtly flamboyant costuming rejects those social conventions. She's driven by a desire to control her environment on her terms… and society's encumbrances be damned."
Having contributed long runs to both Red Sonja and Vampirella, Trautmann is no stranger to writing strong female characters, especially those that have iconic status in the comic book medium. "Red Sonja will never simper or back down. Vampirella will never admit defeat. Lady Rawhide will never turn her back on someone in need," says Trautmann. "My job is to make sure that I'm delivering the most authentic take on the characters I'm capable of, and not betray those kinds of fundamental, core elements."
Lady Rawhide (along with her alter-ego Anita Santiago) was introduced into the Zorro mythos in 1994, a masked vigilante skilled with swords, guns, and her signature bullwhip. Driven to avenge her brother's suffering at the hands of a crooked government, she first had an antagonistic relationship with Zorro, but eventually became his confidante and staunch ally. Lady Rawhide's popularity as a Zorro regular grew, leading to her headlining several Lady Rawhide comic series. Trautmann explains, "I want to capture a sense of fun—this isn't a grim, gritty book. It's pulpy, swashbuckling fun at heart."
Lady Rawide #1 is solicited in the Diamond June Previews catalog for release in August. Joseph Michael Linsner, the critically acclaimed creator of Dawn, provides the cover artwork for both the Regular and Subscription-Only editions of the first issue. Each edition is available to retailers for individual order, although the Subscription-Only edition (presented in a "Black & White Line Art" style) is limited to initial orders as a reward for dedicated Dynamite fans.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more!
Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Mark Waid, Gail Simone, and a host of up-and-coming new talent!
Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers—have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.