Long ago, the mighty generals of the Mongol Empire rode from Siberia to Carpathia and conquered all who stood in their way. Legends tell of a witch who walked with them, who could infect the hearts of any warriors in her midst with an unquenchable thirst for battle and bloodshed... a War Monger. And now she is walking again.
This winter, an ancient evil will stir as rising star writer Tini Howard (Captain America Annual #1, Assasinistas) and powerhouse artist Amilcar Pinna (Generation X) unleash hell in a brand-new saga of honor, love, and savagery that's centuries in the making!
Tini Howard and Amilcar Pinna bring a fresh take on a fierce immortal villain in February’s THE FORGOTTEN QUEEN from Valiant Entertainment
TINI HOWARD: I'm a sucker for unlikeable women. I'm a sucker for immortal heartbreak. And I'm a sucker for defining a villain. I couldn't resist her.
AMILCAR PINNA: I love to draw strong female characters, and [the War-Monger] is badass!
Why did you choose to set this tale against the backdrop of the Mongol Empire?
HOWARD: It's a great starting point for us to catch up with the War-Monger. I'm a history nerd at heart, so I wanted to pick a time I felt is really fascinating but isn't served enough in media. Additionally, I think it's interesting, when we discuss historical bloodshed, how the distance from the event matters. I wanted to find a time that was near enough to our own that it would feel like the same world without treading too closely to times in history where maybe the blood isn't yet dry.
[Genghis Khan] was also a hideous tyrant who is still viewed by some as a hero. History does that to us, and we explore that in THE FORGOTTEN QUEEN, how time and space and removal lends different lenses to our hindsight.
Why “Forgotten Queen?” What significance does the title have for the story?
HOWARD: The Queen isn't the War-Monger – I'll spoil that for you. ;)
How familiar were you with the Valiant Universe before coming on board for this project?
HOWARD: Oh, man. I've been a fan of specifically the immortals of the Valiant Universe for some time. I'm a huge Archer and Armstrong fan. I've always loved how grounded in reality and history the Valiant Universe is. I feel like I'm trying to write a chapter in a James Cameron movie – slick and metal and action-packed and suspenseful and romantic and funny, all at the same time.
What has it been like working with each other so far?
HOWARD: I mean, anyone who has eyes gets stoked for Amilcar's work. He's got a way of drawing the War-Monger's face that makes her look modern, animated, and mad in the midst of a lot of historical deserts. He's fantastic. I gave him a lot of horses to draw, but I made up for it with almost no buildings.
PINNA: Tini's script is so awesome, and she has a great sense of what is going to work visually. The entire team behind the book is comprised of great people!
Why should readers get excited about this new series?
HOWARD: Immortals are fascinating. They live forever and get better at anything than any of us could. Even the best yo-yoer in the world would be a hundred times better if she had 10,000 years to get good at it, right? Well, the War-Monger is much, much older than any of us...except for a few other folks in the Valiant Universe.
It's dirty and bloody and mean and ancient and modern. There are fights and sacrifice and kissing. We start on a modern research vessel working hard at sea, and we stick around to uncover what kinds of mysteries sink to the bottom of the ocean...
PINNA: The script is so cool! If readers want to see some really powerful female characters, this is the place!