The four-issue miniseries will follow a woman who uses folk tales to cope with the loss of her family during a home invasion. But as she plots her revenge, she discovers a government plot to use folk tales to turn 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,” Kindt said. “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.”
Kindt has written numerous comics over the years, including Mind MGMT, Bang! and Grass Kings, among others. Lesniewski, meanwhile, is the creator of The Freak, which was nominated for an Eisner this past year.
Each issue of Crimson Flower will have variant covers from artists like Malachi Ward, Patric Reynolds with Lee Loughridge, Marguerite Sauvage, and Tyler Bence with Bill Crabtree.
“When I first read Matt’s idea for Crimson Flower, the entire concept seemed genius,” Lesniewski said. “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.”
The first issue arrives in January.