Comic Review: Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil

Published: June 12th, 2019 – September 18th, 2019
Written by: Luke Lieberman
Art by: Sergio Fernandez Davila
Based on: Red Sonya by Robert E. Howard, Red Sonja by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith

Dynamite Entertainment, 128 Pages


For those of us that wanted a Red Sonja version of Year One, this is a comic just for us. Granted, I never thought about the idea myself but when I first heard that this was coming out and it was focused on how Sonja became Sonja, I definitely wanted to add it to my pull list.

Luke Lieberman has been writing and editing Red Sonja stories for years, so it was fitting that he penned this story. And honestly, Lieberman is, hands down, one of the best Red Sonja writers of all-time despite the fact that his family owns the rights to the character. I’ve typically always enjoyed his tales and this one was no different.

The story takes us back to Sonja’s life at the end of her teen years. She’s still angry about the murder of her family and she’s not as restrained or refined in how she deals with things. But this point in her life is really where the moniker, “She-Devil with a Sword” was born.

We see her grow throughout these four issues and overall, it’s kind of cool seeing this portion of her life. She’s been an interesting and complex character for decades but this allows her to have even more depth.

I liked the art in this miniseries, as well. Sergio Fernandez Davila gave us some solid action sequences and helped bring the story to life.

Overall, this was engaging and gave us a pretty unrestrained badass at the start of her badassness.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: other recent Red Sonja comics from Dynamite.

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