Published: November 28th, 2007
Written by: Michael Avon Oeming
Art by: Mel Rubi, Pablo Marcos, Lee Moder, Stephen Sadowski
Based on: Red Sonya by Robert E. Howard, Red Sonja by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith
Dynamite Entertainment, 145 Pages
I’m only two volumes into this long-running Red Sonja series by Dynamite but I’d say it’s pretty consistent thus far. Nothing great, nothing bad but good old fashioned sword and sorcery fun with a good bit of violence thrown in.
The first half of this collection focuses on Sonja training a young girl to be a survivor. Seeing her mentor another girl was really interesting and kind of cool, as it also delves into Sonja’s past and parallels some of the things you can assume that she went through.
What really stood out for me in this volume is the villain that appears in the first two-thirds of it. He’s very similar in appearance to Darkwolf from the movie Fire & Ice but he’s completely evil and sadistic. In fact, he does something so heinous that it’s a real punch in the gut for the storyline.
However, after his first confrontation with Sonja, the story shifts. I’m assuming he’ll come back later.
I didn’t like the last third of this volume as much as what came before it but it also adds to the narrative and makes things kind of interesting for where the larger plot may go.
In the end, this should be entertaining for those who enjoy the sword and sorcery genre. But this is just one small piece of a larger tapestry that still needs to be explored more deeply.
Pairs well with: other Red Sonja comics by Dynamite, as well as the classic Marvel Red Sonja stories.