Sunday, December 5, 2021

Comics Review: "SONJAVERSAL #10" Brings the Series to a Close


STORY: Christopher Hastings
ART: Pasquale Qualano
COLORS: Kike J. Diaz
LETTERS: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Joseph Michael Linsner; Jae Lee with June Chung; Jung-Geun Yoon; Lucio Parrillo; Gracie the Cosplay Lass (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (December 2021)

Rated Teen+

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

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.  In 2005, Dynamite Entertainment began publishing comic books featuring differing versions of the character.  One of those is a spin-off title, Sonjaversal, which sees Red Sonja battle parallel versions of herself from parallel universes.  Sonjaversal is currently written by Christopher Hastings; drawn by Pasquale Qualano; colored by Kike J. Diaz; and lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Sonjaversal #10 opens in the domain of Hell Sonja.  That's where Blue Sonja, Purple Sonja, Yellow Sonja, and Sonja Noir find themselves, and their own worlds are beginning to collapse on themselves.  In order to save themselves, the Sonjas must learn a humongous secret … an unpleasant secret … many secrets.  What is Hell Sonja's grand design?  And what is the secret of everything?

THE LOWDOWN:   Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Sonjaversal #10, which is the fifth issue of the title that I have read.

Sonjaversal #10 is the final issue of the series, concluding a two-part story that began in Sonjaversal #9.  Writer Christopher Hastings, who has a knack for delineating the adventures of these parallel Sonjas, now brings them all together for a finale that is both an end and a new beginning.  Sonjaversal leads to a new series, Hell Sonja, and you may or not need to read Sonjaversal #10.  However, just to be on the safe side and have an idea of what's going on later, when you will need to know what's going on, read Sonjaversal #10

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Red Sonja will want to try Sonjaversal.


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

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