Folk Tales, Assassins, and Government Conspiracies Collide In ‘Crimson Flower’

by James Ferguson

Dark Horse Comics has announced Crimson Flower, the next series from writer Matt Kindt, promising a mind-altering journey through Russian folk tales, trained assassins, and government conspiracies. Kindt is joined by artist Matt Lesniewski and colorist Bill Crabtree for the four-issue mini-series set to launch in January 2021.

After losing her family in a violent home invasion, a woman uses folk tales to cope. In a blood-soaked journey toward revenge, she tracks down the man responsible for her family’s deaths, only to discover a startling government plot—to weaponize folk tales and use them to raise children into super assassins.

“‘Cold blooded Russian assassins?’ We’ve seen that before. But assassins trained using Slavic folktales as a brainwashing device? That’s something new that really needed a unique visual style.” says writer Matt Kindt. “When I saw Matt Lesniewski’s book The Freak (nominated for an Eisner) I knew he was going to do something like we’ve never seen before. Our collaboration was alchemy – turning this book into a brutal, heartbreaking, psychedelic journey of a woman intent on revenge-killing every assassin that ruined her life.”

“When I first read Matt’s idea for Crimson Flower, the entire concept seemed genius.” added artist Matt Lesniewski. “What locked it in for me more was how drawn I was to the character and struggle of Rodion. The whole thing read like it was made for me to draw.”

Crimson Flower will feature variant covers each issue from artists like Malachi Ward, Patric Reynolds with Lee Loughridge, Marguerite Sauvage, and Tyler Bence with Bill Crabtree. The first issue is set for release on January 20th, 2021.

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