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Sunday, September 11, 2011

PULP NOW: SAMURAIS TO THE LEFT, ZOMBIES TO THE RIGHT, AND SORRO STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU!

PULP NOW: SAMURAIS TO THE LEFT, ZOMBIES TO THE RIGHT, AND SORRO STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU!

“This may be the boldest and most daring Zorro comics ever created! Could this be the basis of the next Zorro movie?” - John Gertz President Zorro Productions

Silver Fox Comics: Australia’s most action packed independent comic book publisher debuts with a new series for the legendary Zorro!

This is the first Zorro story written by an Aussie and features newly commissioned art which will build into the most action packed Zorro comic ever produced.

As Issue 1 proclaimed “SAMURAIS TO THE LEFT, ZOMBIES TO THE RIGHT. WILL ZORRO SURVIVE?” This series has its exclusive first-ever worldwide release in Australia before embarking on a worldwide release.

WRITER SORAB DEL RIO DISCUSSES ZORRO

“This Zorro takes on many modern day themes, such as drugs, persecution of indigenous races, and the supernatural, whilst still retaining the classic iconography and swashbuckling action. There isn’t a safe licensed-to-Walt Disney mainstream Zorro, and it isn’t aimed at kids. This is Zorro as it should be done. It’s pulp fiction style, rough, gritty and dangerous. It’s East meets West, with Latino machismo, the supernatural, all-out fights, drugs, beautiful women, zombies, guns and blades. The collision of cultures exists, with Zorro taking on a Samurai warrior, the eruption of the opium trade, and opening a world with gypsies; the undead and supernatural have both opened a new path for the Zorro legacy! This is not your typical Zorro versus the Spanish over trivial pursuits that we have seen. No, this is the start of an epic, darker, action- packed Zorro, the likes of which have never been conceived before.. This is Zorro versus a Samurai warrior, and Zorro versus a Zombie.

New characters emerge, such as Mirella, a gypsy fortune teller who becomes Zorro’s gateway into the supernatural world. The villainous General Cypher is introduced, who sets out to destroy the native Indians. The Beast who is Cypher, enforcer and merciless tax collector, Yoshiko, the Empress of Opium, Ashikaga, her samurai, and Carmelita, a dream of a woman you would kill for.

As much as I enjoyed Zorro, there was too much of a familiarity to them, and over time, how much really changed with Zorro? That’s what brought me to this table, now. Zorro is an epic legendary character who deserves his place in this new generation. This comic is very much an assault against what has gone before.

The first issue we released features two stories: The first story, The Defeat of Destiny, sees Zorro uncover a plot by the new Spanish regency Cypher, to begin importing and farming opium in California. The land of the natives is taken by force, in order to clear land for opium. The Japanese arrive, an Indian princess is kidnapped, and will be killed, unless Zorro reveals his true identity. I wanted to bring historical themes and parallels into the piece, such as with the opium wars in China, and the exploitation and destruction of indigenous races.

The second story, Love Never Ends, sees an ex-lover resurrected from the dead. When he learns his ex-wife is to be wed again, he seeks revenge. Unlike most zombie films, the zombie cannot simply be killed by a gun shot; it will take a lot more! I’ve also introduced new characters, such as the gypsy fortune teller Mirella, and a new love interest, Carmelita. I also want to create more of an insight into Zorro over the series. Here, we learn of his penchant for seeing into the future.”

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