Peter V. Brett, author of The Warded Man and its newly-released sequel The Desert Spear, has a very cool, new gig.
Comic book writer!
As he writes the third novel in his Demon Cycle series, Peter will be also tackling one of the most bad ass redheads to grace the silver screen, book, and comic book formats—Red Sonja!
Who is Red Sonja, you may ask?
According to the great Wiki God:
“Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, is a fictional character, a high fantasy sword and sorcery heroine created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith. She first appeared in Conan the Barbarian #23 (Marvel Comics). Red Sonja has become the archetypical example of the fantasy figure of a fierce and stunningly beautiful female barbarian who typically wears armor resembling a bikini or lingerie.”
The Wiki God forgets to include, “She whups ass!”
With two covers—one of which is done by the incredibly-talented Michael Lisner (Dawn)—Peat will begin writing the series with issue #51. I thought it would be cool to send Peat a quick interview, from one fan to another.
Here are the questions. Enjoy!
Unbound Worlds: Hi Peat. Hope this finds you well! How did you come to write the comic book, Red Sonja?
Peter V. Brett: I met Nick Barrucci, president of Dynamic Forces, at Book Expo America back in May of 2009. In casual conversation, I mentioned how I really enjoyed some Dynamite comics like The Boys, and in particular, Red Sonja. I have been a Sonja fan since the Marvel Comics run when I was 12 years old, and really gushed to him about the character and her history. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I guess I impressed him, because a couple of days later a big box of Sonja comics hit my doorstep, and soon after Nick floated the idea of my working on the book. I was deeply involved with final edits to The Desert Spear at the time, but more and more my thoughts kept going back to Sonja and wondering what I might do with the book. Ideas began to overflow, and I started writing them down until there were so many I knew I had to do it.
S: What is it about the comic book genre that you wanted to tackle as a writer, and specifically in the character Red Sonja?
PVB: I’ve always been a comic book fan, even before I got into fantasy novels. I still go to the comic shop on Wednesdays to get a new haul, and I was writing comic book scripts long before I started writing prose. As years went by I started to focus more and more on prose work, but comics have always been near and dear to me, and the chance to write one, especially an iconic character I loved as a kid, has me in geek heaven.
UW: How many issues will you be writing?
PVB: My initial run is for 4 issues. We’ll see how things go after that. I’m not ruling out continuing on afterward.
UW: If you had a dream comic book series to write, what would it be?
PVB: In all honesty, I don’t know that I would pick anything else. Red Sonja blends my two loves, comics and fantasy, into one book that has both real street cred and a unique kinky charm. Apart from doing my own original comics, this is really a match made in heaven.
UW: Any chance you might one day adapt The Warded Man into a comic book series?
PVB: Fingers are crossed. The comic book rights to the Demon Cycle are tied up with the movie option, but if the film happens, I expect a comic adaptation will soon follow. And if I have my druthers, I will be the one writing it.
UW: Thanks for your time, Peat!
PVB: Happy for the opportunity to talk about it. Thanks, Shawn.
To read more about Peter’s foray into Red Sonja, read his blog post about the news release, My 2nd Favorite Redhead.
Congrats, Peat! Can’t wait to see what you do with one of the best sword-slingers in literature!
And if any of you haven’t read The Warded Man, definitely do so. Click Chapter One to read an excerpt.