A comic starring all iconic female characters! Written by all female writers!
And yet, this is the cover art Dynamite is leading with?:
I mean, it's so over-the-top that I double-checked to make sure it wasn't a joke. But, no.
Assuming (HOPING) that the interior art is NOTHING LIKE THIS, I'll be reading the book, because Gail Simone, but this artwork in no way jives with what she says about the series in the press release:
"I love pulp adventure, always have," Simone said in Dynamite's press release announcing the event. "But as male-dominated as comics have often been, the pulp adventure world seems to be even more so. Most of the big name stars and creators are dudes, and that's fine, it's great. But it hit me... what if that wasn't the case? What if adventure pulps had also been written with female readers in mind, and awesome female characters in the spotlight? That's the scenario we are imagining, and it's just been a blast. The key players are Red Sonja, Vampirella and Dejah Thoris, but it's such an epic-spanning, world-hopping event that we also have Kato, Jungle Girl, Lady Rawhide, Jennifer Blood and so many more."
And, if you want to know why I've made the decision to bypass the cover in order to at least TRY reading the stories, here's more about the project from an interview with Simone:
We have Marguerite Bennett, who is currently killing it on "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" and writes deeply suspenseful stuff; G. Willow Wilson, who is redefining mainstream comics with "Ms. Marvel"; Nancy Collins, whom I personally dragged back into comics because I adore her horror stuff; Mikki Kendall, acclaimed science fiction writer and activist doing her first comics work; Leah Moore, who does the best "Sherlock Holmes" comics ever done; Emma Beeby, the first female writer of "Judge Dredd" in history; Mairghread Scott, who is nailing everything she does, including "Transformers"; and a real favorite of mine, Erica Schultz, who is going to be huge and has been doing things like "Revenge" for Marvel and her creator-owned "M3."
Everyone brought something different. Nancy gave us a terrifying horror story, Willow envisioned a hilarious romp, Erica brought espionage to the table and Leah Moore gave us an incredibly convincing Victorian mystery/adventure tale. I just laughed and gasped through each of the stories. These women can write like bandits. Marguerite's Sonja is one of my favorite takes ever. It's just too fun and too snarky.
So. Here's hoping, and WE SHALL SEE.