Marguerite Sauvage, Jay Anacleto, Tula Lotay, Tony Fleecs , Ming Doyle
Jan 13th, 2016
Through the plains of Hyrkania, a message sweeps through the scattered peoples of the nation. Bells ring, horns blow, voices shout – the King is dying! Red Sonja rides to save the King from his doom as the powers of Hyboria crowd around to strike when the kingdom is weakest. But a dread new power rises from within Hyrkania’s own borders, bent on defending its homeland – no matter the cost, no matter what its people become. The She-Devil with a Sword must stop the rise of a brutal new regime… her own people!
2016 is turning into a year of firsts for me, as I recently got into Vampirella (also from Dynamite Entertainment) and I am not picking up Red Sonja. I say this because I go into this series knowing little to nothing about Red Sonja other than sheâ€™s always been depicted as a chainmail bikini clad badass. Iâ€™m happy to report that while a lot of that still remains true, writer Marguerite Bennett has done an excellent job keeping this series feeling fresh and new. There isnâ€™t a whole bunch of exposition required; there arenâ€™t any strong ties to some previous series. This is something brand new and exciting! Within the first few pages we are given the setup of just who Red Sonja is, a warrior who serves her king proudly and has own conflictions on how to adjust to â€œnormalâ€ life post the death of her king. Mixed with Bennettâ€™s witty moments (Sonja constantly looking to save the day only to find out there isnâ€™t any need!) series artist Aneke and colorist Jorge Sutil deliver tenfold! The facial expressions are perfect, and everything balances perfectly between â€œSexyâ€ and â€œFunâ€. This is not just a story of boobs and swords, this is todays Red Sonja and she is a badass that just happens to look really good while kicking butt and taking names. With a strong crisis of self-opening, Bennett and team have started off the newest volume of Red Sonja strong, and I canâ€™t wait to continue reading this series!
The Hey!: Wonderful artwork and vibrant colors, a well fleshed out world of Hyrkania, and an excellent new take on Red Sonja, this book has a lot going for it!
The Eh!: There are some moments where the art seems inconsistent or cramped, nothing detrimental and perhaps some growing pains for this crew to work through.
The What?!: It took until the end of the book, but Aneke finally gives us that â€œWowâ€ page with Sonja doing what the She-Devil does best!
Who should read this series?: If youâ€™re a fan of strong female characters, fantasy worlds with swords and magic, and are looking into get into a promising new series, then this is for you!
Why should you buy this book?: Aside from being the perfect starting point, it requires little to no background knowledge of the character, and pacing and artwork work well together.