Friday, May 13, 2011

Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword Review

Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword
Dynamite Entertainment
Softcover Trade Paperback
150 pages
$19.99 (2006)
ISBN 9781933305110

Contributors: Michael Avon Oeming, Mike Carey, Mel Rubi, Richard Isanove, Richard Starkings, and alternate covers/pinups by: Alex Ross, Michael Turner, Art Adams, Marc Silvestri, John Cassaday, Joseph Michael Linsner, Greg Land, Adam Hughes, and Billy Tan

Reprints: Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword #0-6

Synopsis: Sonja happens upon a messenger being attacked and rescues him. She follows to his city and is taken prisoner by the mad cult leader controlling the people. She aligns with the rebels of the city and must fight her way to the seeming divine prophet. Along the way she must overcome treachery, meets new allies, and even dies! What chilling secret does the vicious holy man hide!

Pros: Decent story/art/colors, tons of extras including every alternate cover/pinup from each issue along with Mel Rubi sketchbook

Cons: Pulp character and stories - like eating a bag of potato chips, you finish quickly and want more

Mike Tells It Straight: A good update to an old character - Sonja kicks ass and looks good doing it. Inherently cheesecake at times (come on, chain-mail bikini?), this first story arc to the Sonja revival series was passable. The writers made an effort to explain the bikini (yes, it's a distraction!) and did a fairly decent job of giving Sonja a backstory with some hint of future character development. Entertaining with a few twists on old themes, but not memorable.

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