El Cazador was a CrossGen comic book title set in the Sigilverse, CrossGen's shared universe. However, whereas most Sigilverse titles were set in the far future, El Cazador took place on Earth during the Golden Age of Piracy of the 17th century. It contains none of the magical, science-fiction, or fantastical elements of the other Sigilverse titles.
El Cazador began in 2003 and ran for six issues before CrossGen's bankruptcy brought the series to a halt. The company also published a prequel one-shot, El Cazador: The Bloody Ballad of Blackjack Tom, which revealed the history of the title's main villain. El Cazador was one of the few pirate-themed comic book series in the Modern Age of comic books, and perhaps the only recent ongoing series of the genre to feature a female lead. El Cazador was written by Chuck Dixon and penciled by Steve Epting.
In the opening issue, the ship carrying Spanish noblewoman Donessa Cinzia Elena Marie Esperanza Diego-Luis Hidalgo and others of her family are attacked by a pirate captain named Blackjack Tom. The Donessa is one of the few survivors of the attack. She swears to hunt down Tom and rescue his prisoners. To accomplish this, she re-names her ship El Cazador ("The Hunter") and becomes a pirate herself, dubbed "Lady Sin" by her crew. The remaining issues of the series detail the beginnings of Lady Sin's quest as she forsakes her privileged past for life on the high seas.
The series contains examples of:
- Anyone Can Die: By Word of God, this was meant to be the case; subverted in that the series ended before any really significant characters could die.
- Continuity Nod: The significance isn't clear yet, but the Marvel relaunch of Sigil involves a ship called El Cazador, in about the right time period.
- Defeat Means Friendship / I Fight for the Strongest Side!: The final issue ends with Lady Sin offering her defeated foe Redhand Harry an alliance (possibly conditional on his knowing Latin). While his reply was not actually given, under the circumstances it was almost certainly a "yes".
- Overly Long Name: Honestly, can you blame the pirate crew for just calling her Lady Sin?
- Red Baron: Donessa Cinzia Elena Marie Esperanza Diego-Luis Hidalgo is better known as 'Lady Sin'.
- Start of Darkness: The prequel one-shot El Cazador: The Bloody Ballad of Blackjack Tom details the origin of the series Big Bad.
- Theme Naming: Lady Sin's first two pirate ships are El Cazador ("The Hunter") and El Sabueso ("The Bloodhound").