Finch Fights Back With Xena Dynamite

 

She’s already shown that she can throw down with the best of them by working on books like Wonder Woman and Rose. Now Meredith Finch shows that she’s at the top of her game by taking over the writing chores of Xena #1 (DEC171388) for Dynamite Entertainment! Check out this interview with Meredith where she prepares us for the journey ahead that puts Xena Warrior Princess in the path of ancient gods, warlords, and kings.

Xena #1 (DEC171388) is in comic shops February 14.

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D.E.: What drew you to taking on the new Xena series?

Meredith Finch: The fantasy genre is an area that I feel very comfortable working in after writing Wonder Woman for DC and my new creator-owned project Rose through Image Comics. I liked the challenge of pairing that with the comedy/campiness that has always been a part of the Xena franchise.

D.E.: Were you a fan of the original TV series?

Meredith Finch: I was a huge fan of the original Xena TV series, and it was absolutely an honor to be asked to contribute to her legacy as a character.

D.E.:  What do you feel makes your series stand apart from the show?

Meredith Finch:  I really felt that it was time to reintroduce or rather introduce Xena to a new generation of comic book readers. My intention is to try to keep a little of the campiness from the original TV series in our story, but also bring a sincerity to the character and her development from killer to warrior for good. I also want to focus on her relationships in a little more depth with a particular emphasis on the impact of the Gabrielle character in bringing about that evolution for Xena.

D.E.:  As a warrior princess, Xena is considered by many to be a strong, empowered female role model. How did you tackle writing such a character, and what qualities do you feel that she embodies that makes her such an example?

Meredith Finch:  I think these days it is much easier to write strong, empowered female role models because that is really the epitome of the 21st century woman. When I'm writing I am more trying to bring my own experiences and those of the women in my life to the character. Xena is very different from writing Wonder Woman or Rose because she has lived in such a masculine world for so long that she is much more guarded and has essentially cut herself off from her own femininity and the softer aspects of her womanhood. I like the challenge of exploring how she reconnects with who and what she is as she journeys toward redemption. Being willing to acknowledge your failings and reinvent yourself takes a great deal of courage, and that quality is what makes Xena such a great role model.

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