Red Sonja

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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Red Sonja #14

by Alan Rapp on March 11, 2020

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Red Sonja #14 comic reviewRed Sonja‘s victory over the conqueror Dragan The Magnificent didn’t come without a cost. Hyrkania is in ruins, it’s people starving, and Sonja is forced to look to an old enemy for help. Leaving the remains of her kingdom in the hands of her trusted adviser, Sonja travels to Khitai to bargain with King Jo’Khan who killed her mentor on his rise to power.

While much of the current volume has focused on Red Sonja in struggle, Red Sonja #14 features the heroine at the mercy of an enemy (in his ornate, and functional, throne room designed to keep enemies at a distance) who agrees to help feed Sonja’s people in exchange for the She Devil with a Sword training and leading his armies against all who might oppose him.

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Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2020

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Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1 reviewRed Sonja: Age of Chaos #1 begins the time-travelling crossover between Red Sonja and various characters Dynamite Entertainment acquired from the now defunct Choas! Comics. In her own time, Sonja takes steps to prevent Kulan Gath from resurrecting again. In another time and place, Mistress Hel inspires several different characters to go in search of the wizard’s recently-discovered amulet which she promises will deliver them powers beyond their comprehension.

Although we don’t get to see Sonja mix it up with any of the other characters on display, it isn’t long before Hel’s prompting has the various Chaos! characters at each others throats in procuring the artifact, the effects of which may reach back to Sonja as well.

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Red Sonja #12

by Alan Rapp on January 22, 2020

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Red Sonja #12 comic reviewFor one year, over twelve issues, Red Sonja has matched wits with the conqueror Dragan The Magnificent. Whittling away at Dragan’s armies as they are forced to track Sonja and men across the Hyrkanian steppes, Red Sonja #12 offers a conclusion to the arc featuring a trap by the Hyrkanians and a final face-to-face between Sonja and Dragan.

I’ll admit to not following the contest of wills between the two warriors that closely as late, but I did want to check to see how writer Mark Russell and artist Mirko Colak brought things to a close. There’s some good action here, as well as nods to Sonja not just as a warrior but as a general who knows when to attack and when to parry and allow her adversary to blindly wander into her trap.

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Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #2

by Alan Rapp on July 24, 2019

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Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #2 comic review

The second issue of Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil features Red Sonja performing her duties as a protector of a caravan, including dealing with some unscrupulous (and rather dim-witted) thieves who thought it would be more worth their while to try and cash-in the bounty on Sonja’s head rather than fulfill their contract. I’d say they learned their lesson, but since none of them survived I’m not sure that’s the case.

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