Publication information
PublisherCry for Dawn Productions
Sirius Entertainment
Image Comics
Dynamite Entertainment
First appearanceCry for Dawn #1 (Dec. 1989)
Created byJoseph Michael Linsner
In-story information
Full nameDawn
PartnershipsDarrian Ashoka
Notable aliasesAurora, Gaia, Goddess of Birth and Rebirth, Isis, Kali, Mary, The Goddess/The Triple Goddess
AbilitiesImmortal, immune to gunfire, inter-planar travel

Dawn is an American comic book character created by writer/artist Joseph Michael Linsner. Dawn was first envisioned by Linsner in 1987;[1] she first appeared in an official publication in 1989.

Publication history

Dawn was first featured on the cover of Cry for Dawn #1 (Cry for Dawn Productions, Dec. 1989), and appeared on all the covers of Cry for Dawn (9 issues in all) from 1989 to 1991. In 1994, she was featured in her own one-shot drama from new publisher Sirius Entertainment, and then the Sirius limited series Dawn: Lucifer's Halo and Dawn: Return of the Goddess.

The character moved to Image Comics for Dawn: Three Tiers,[2] Dawn: Not to Touch the Earth (2010), and Dawn: The Swordmaster's Daughter (2013). In 2014–2015, the character was featured in the five-issue limited series Dawn/Vampirella, published by Dynamite Entertainment.

Fictional biography

Dawn is the goddess of birth and rebirth.[3][1] She is the guardian of all the witches on Earth, and the goddess to whom they pray.[4]

Dawn is immortal, immune to gunfire, and capable of traveling to various dimensions and planes of reality.[4] She is shown in many different facets, shapes, sizes, and colors; her appearance depends on who is viewing her.[4] She is generally depicted as a young, red-haired woman with three "tears" running from her left eye (and one running from her right eye, which is usually hidden by her long hair); during the witch hunt, witches were discovered to only cry from their left eyes.[5][better source needed][4]

She also has a rose on her right wrist and a chain on her left. The rose represents Hell, and although it has beauty, it only pricks and hurts a person; the chain represents Heaven because a person can only go so far before they are stopped short by its restrictions.

Dawn's lover is Cernunnos (sometimes also known as the Horned God), the god of death, who has incarnated himself in the mortal form of Darrian Ashoka.[4][6] Darrian, unaware of his true origins, lives in a post-apocalyptic New York City when he first meets Dawn. She leads him on his path of true identity and self-discovery.[4]

Collected editions

In other media


  1. ^ a b Linsner bio, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Coming Soon! The New & Improved JoeLinsner.com". Linsner.com. Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
  3. ^ Brady, Matt. "Dawn of a New Era," Wizard #49 (July 1996), pp. 42-43. Archived at JitterbugFantasies.com.
  4. ^ a b c d e f McLaughlin, Jim. "Red Dawn" (Interview with Joseph Michael Linsner), Wizard #92 (April 1999), pp. 40-42.
  5. ^ A. J. J. M. Vingerhoets, Randolph R. Cornelius, editors. Adult Crying: A Biopsychological Approach (Routledge, 2001), p. 5.
  6. ^ Dawn: Lucifer's Halo #1 (Sirius Entertainment, 1995).
  7. ^ Kavanagh, Jim. "Dragon*Con brings out enthusiasts' inner geek." CNN.com (Sept. 5, 2009). Archived at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Limited Edition "Dawn" Scents from Black Phoenix Alchemy Benefit Hero Initiative". Comic Book Resources. 2010-08-24. Retrieved 2013-08-22.
  9. ^ CBR staff. "Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Debuts 'Cyborg,' 'Dawn,' 'Magdalena' Scents," CBR (Feb. 27, 2012).