Red Sonja

Red Sonja #21

by Alan Rapp on November 12, 2020

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Red Sonja #21 comic reviewRed Sonja continues to make her presence known in Shadizar as the cloaked figure stalks the streets killing all the guards the child king Cyril, son of Dragan the Magnificient, sends after her. Hoping to whittle away his forces and make him commit more to the city leaving the palace vulnerable, eventually Sonja turns her attention to the the city’s King.

Red Sonja #21 works as a dance between Sonja and Cyril, both plotting their opponent’s demise. Cyril’s use of his decapitated oracles comes in to play once more, giving the tyrant king more understanding about what Sonja is planning. We also see more examples of Cyril’s ruthless style of ruling once he learns of the scarcity of men willing to hit the streets and do battle against the She-Devil with a Sword.

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Red Sonja #20

by Alan Rapp on October 15, 2020

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Red Sonja #20 comic reviewAfter suffering yet another loss, Red Sonja has abandoned Hyrkania haunted by a lifetime of guilt, loss, and blood which lead her back to Shadizar. The city with ties to her past has a new king as Cyril, son of Dragan the Magnificient, has assumed the throne. However, Cyril isn’t on hand to greet Sonja as he’s taken the army to the Aquilonian border to conquer through a series of quick attacks that seem insignificant at first but show a wisdom, patience, and deviousness far older than his outward appearance suggests.

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Mars Attacks Red Sonja #1

by Alan Rapp on August 31, 2020

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Mars Attacks Red Sonja #1 comic reviewDynamite Entertainment is known for throwing together odd pairings for crossover mini-series. Mars Attacks Red Sonja #1 does just that with providing a storyline of the 60s trading company aliens from the red planet attacking Earth during Red Sonja’s time when the Martian Chief Science Advisor Xi’Zeer sought to conquer the planet under the guise of a diplomatic mission to Earth for the Martian Emperor.

As goofy as the concept sounds, it does offer the chance for some bizarre action by pitting the She-Devil with the Sword against superior Martian technology. Gaining a victory while protecting Bryssendyn refuges also earns her the notice of both a Bryssendyn warrior in need of transporting priceless cargo and Xi’Zeer.

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Red Sonja #17

by Alan Rapp on August 4, 2020

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Red Sonja #17 comic reviewRed Sonja begins her new role as general for the forces of King Jo’Khan of Khitai as she moves the child army into the mountaneous region of Venhya. Strategy is the main theme of Red Sonja #17 as Sonja recognizes the limitations of her forces and the challenges that presents against the superior numbers of her enemy. Choosing to take a nearby fortress through subterfuge before the larger force arrives offers the opportunity to defend against an oncoming force rather than fight against overwhelming odds.

Strategy and subterfuge only take you so far as Sonja’s plan works, allowing her forces to comfortably defend the fortress against the army… until the enemy burns their supplies to the ground giving them only rations for a few days leading to a stand-off with the enemy once more and once last crafty move by Sonja proving why the She-Devil with a Sword is not to be trifled with (even when the odds are decidedly not in her favor).

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Red Sonja #16

by Alan Rapp on July 9, 2020

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Red Sonja #16 comic reviewRed Sonja starts to discover the cost of her bargain with King Jo’Khan, which she made to prevent the people of Hyrkania from starving after their hard-won victory over Dragan The Magnificent, when her new lord introduces his master of war to a child army ready to die at her command.

The would-be conqueror has already picked the army’s first target in the border province of Venhya, which has some prestige but no strategic value in what he argues will make an easy first victory for his new troops.

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