SDCC 2018: Mark Russell To Pen New Lone Ranger Series At Dynamite

by Hannah Means Shannon

As part of their San Diego Comic-Con roll out of announcements, Dynamite Entertainment has released the news that Multiple Eisner Award nominee Mark Russell (The Flintstones) and artist Bob Q will be embarking on a new series of The Lone Ranger.

Mark Russell comments:

The western is, like jazz, one of the truly great American art forms and I wanted to use it to tell America’s story. About how we’ve used the West to mythologize ourselves, about how the West is at once the metaphor and reality for where we’ve come from and our struggle to control where this nation is heading. Bob Q’s art on this series is fantastic and I think this series will remind people what they love about the Lone Ranger and Tonto while showing them sides of these characters they never thought they’d see.

And here’s the official description for the new series:

1883. The advent of barbed wire is creating havoc in the Texas panhandle. A corrupted state senator conspires with dirty ranchers to make land unnavigable for open rangers and native tribes, passing new laws allowing cattlemen to kill anyone caught cutting the wire. Good people are getting hurt, and The Lone Ranger must act. But to truly stop this rampant villainy, he’ll need to go all the way to the top, and rely on an old friend for help…

Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment adds:

Mark is one of the freshest voices in comics and we are incredibly fortunate to have him on one of the most iconic characters in the world. We’ve been publishing The Lone Ranger for the last decade, and he has a special place in our hearts and I couldn’t be more excited for the next volume of America’s great western hero.

Dynamite first launched The Lone Ranger as a comic series in 2006, written by Brett Matthews and illustrated by Sergio Cariello.  Its #0 prelude issue was a part of that year’s Free Comic Book Day celebration. A second volume of The Lone Ranger followed, as did such miniseries as The Lone Ranger and Tonto and The Lone Ranger: Snake of Iron.

The debut issue, Lone Ranger #1, will have cover variants by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men), Mike Allred (Madman), and Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie).  An Atlas Edition will also be available for fans looking to have it signed by writer Mark Russell.

The Lone Ranger Volume 3 #1 will be solicited in Diamond’s August 2018 Previews catalog and slated for release in October 2018. The Lone Ranger Volume 3 #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

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