Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Comics Review: RED SONJA Volume 6 #3


STORY: Mirka Andolfo and Luca Blengino
ART: Giuseppe Cafaro
COLORS: Chiara Di Francia
LETTERS: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Mirka Andolfo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Jay Anacleto; Joseph Michael Linsner; Erica D'Urso; Roberto Castro; Mirka Andolfo; Tabitha Lyons (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (November 2021)

Rated Teen+

Based on the characters and stories created by Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Robert E. Howard

“Mother” Chapter Three

Conan the Barbarian #23 (cover dated: February 1973) saw the debut of a high fantasy, sword and sorcery heroine, Red Sonja.  Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith, Red Sonja was loosely based on “Red Sonya of Rogatino,” a female character that appeared in the 1934 short story, “The Shadow of the Vulture,” written by Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), the creator of the character, Conan the Cimmerian.

Red Sonja remained a fixture in comic books from then until about 1986.  There have been several ongoing Red Sonja comic book series, and the latest, Red Sonja Volume 6, is under the guidance of popular Italian comic book creator, Mirka Andolfo.  It is written by Andolfo and Luca Blengino; drawn by Giuseppe Cafaro; colored by Chiara Di Francia; and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.  In this new series, Red Sonja accepts the bounty to bring a girl named “Sitha” to a broker who will send her to her true home.  The girl, however, becomes attached to Sonja and calls her mother.

As Red Sonja Volume 6 #3 opens, Sonja battles the demon left behind by those who kidnapped Sitha.  After dispatching the talkative monster, Sonja races after the kidnappers, the necromancers R'Hakash and R'Hakiki, also known as “the Blinded Twins.”  With the help of a renegade slave, Sonja finds the twins' boat on the river Styx.

Now, to save her charge, Sonja must engage in a battle of her hardened steel and the twins' dark arts.  Luckily, a recent ally returns in the nick of time.  Meanwhile, what is Sitha up to?

THE LOWDOWN:   Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Red Sonja Volume 6 #3, which is the latest of several Dynamite Entertainment Red Sonja comic books that I have read.  This is also only the fifth issue of a Mirka Andolfo comic book that I have read.

Thus far, Andolfo and Luca Blengino have offered an epic story of sword and sorcery, and they are starting to pit Sonja's sword against some funky sorcery.  The results can be simply stated; this Red Sonja comic book is a fun read for people who enjoy this sort of thing.

Artist Giuseppe Cafaro's compositions are a whirling dervish of devils and death, and the storytelling made my imagination chase after the narrative.  Chiara Di Francia colors and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou letters add a quicksilver and dreamlike quality to this chapter.  Yes, Red Sonja Volume 6 #3 certainly looks crazy.

Red Sonja Volume 6 is turning out to be a most unique and most intriguing Red Sonja series.  I think many of us will return for more.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Red Sonja and Mirka Andolfo will want to try Red Sonja Volume 6.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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