Rating: 4/5 – Great intro to Sonja for a buck!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
I’m a big fan of publishers who encourage readers to try out their books by offering jumping on issues for $1. It’s pretty certain that they’re breaking even (if not losing money) on these promotional issue with today’s economics, readers should take the opportunity to try out books that they would not have risked at a $3.99 cover price.
I have a history of enjoying Red Sonja but got a bit burned out on the character a couple of years ago. One Sonja comic a month is good, 2, 3, or 4 a month is not necessarily better. When the series was relaunched last year with Gail Simone at the helm I was thinking of jumping back on board but didn’t for reasons lost to the mists of “6 months ago”. When this issue was gracing the rack for $1 I couldn’t pass it up, and I’m glad I picked it up and gave it a read.
Gail Simone has a good feel for Sonja as a character. She’s tough-as-nails and that’s made abundantly clear in a number of situations Simone puts her into in this issue. Yes, she wears a chain mail bikini, but that’s a conceit of the character that at this point is a defining characteristic. What is more important is how Sonja comports herself. Sonja does not suffer fools gladly and getting on the wrong end of her sword is not a good idea, especially for men who make the mistake of thinking her as just a pretty woman in scant attire.
In this issue we get Sonja at her ass-kicking best, while Simone throws in some new protégés to train and an interesting new opportunity that puts her at the head of an army to spice things up. All in all a nice re-introduction to the character and now I’ve got another series to be keeping an eye out for on a monthly basis.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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