Sunday, November 28, 2021

Comics Review: The Invincible RED SONJA #6


STORY: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
ARTIST: Moritat
COLORS: Matt Carter
LETTERS: Dave Sharpe
EDITOR: Matt Idleson
COVER: Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Joseph Michael Linsner; Celina; Frank Cho; Carla Cohen; Elias Chatzoudis; Ken Haeser; Moritat; Dominica cosplay
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (November 2021)

Rated Teen+

Red Sonja is female high fantasy and sword and sorcery hero.  She first appeared in Conan the Barbarian #23 (cover dated February 1973) and was 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 Conan the Cimmerian's creator, Robert E. Howard.

In 2005, Dynamite Entertainment began publishing comic books featuring differing versions of the character.  One of those is The Invincible Red Sonja.  It is written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti; drawn by Moritat; colored by Matt Carter; and lettered by Dave Sharpe.  In this recently launched series, Red Sonja finds herself on a spectacular journey filled with pirates, mermaids, princesses, and political intrigue as the fate of two kingdoms hangs in the balance.

As The Invincible Red Sonja #6 opens, the dying spell of the wizard Lord Brelaq has awakened a volcano.  Now, the Kingdom of Erkhara is wracked by earthquakes as the volcano threatens to spill its molten Armageddon.  Meanwhile, Red Sonja and Tuma prepare to save Erkhara's Prince Ederik and his bride-to-be, Princess Zaria.

But standing in the She-Devil with a Sword's way is a battle to the death with an old enemy … and a former lover, Bahira Yakootah – Lord of Thieves.  Can Sonja save a kingdom, defeat an enemy, and escape hot lava death?

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is The Invincible Red Sonja #6, which is the third issue of the series that I have read.

Like the earlier issues, an issue of this series, issue #6, opens under a gorgeous cover drawn by Amanda Conner and colored by Paul Mounts.  Also, once again, Conner and Palmiotti deliver a thoroughly rousing and kick-ass story.  Moritat's art and Matt Carter's colors get better with each issue.  This is the kind of creative team a She-Devil with a Sword truly deserves.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Red Sonja comic books will want to read The Invincible Red Sonja.


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

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