Monday, February 21, 2022

Comics Review: RED SONJA Volume 6 #6


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: Joseph Michael Linsner; Erica D'Urso; Roberto Castro; Leslie Leirix; Ken Haeser; Jimmy Broxton; Mirka Andolfo; Sapphire Nova (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2022)

Rated Teen+

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

“Mother” Chapter Six

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.

Red Sonja Volume 6 #6 opens in the village as the “Feud of the Seven Gallows.”  Here, there is only one law in which the penalty is death, the “First Law.”  Unfortunately, no one knows the true nature of this law, which has complicated matters for two visitors to the village.  That is the place where Red Sonja was taken prisoner, held by orders of the village's ruler, Baroness Drang.

Meanwhile, Sitha, who escaped imprisonment, now lives in an underground hole with Kebra, a 16-year-old thief, and the orphan waifs for which she cares.  But Kebra has plans to rob Drang's treasure chamber, but to do that, she needs Sitha's powers.

Sitha's powers come from “Xamul,” the demigoddess of fire, wind, and fury that resides in her.  So can she learn to control the uncontrollable in time to both rescue Sonja (whom she calls “mother”) and help Kebra gain her treasure?

THE LOWDOWN:   In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Red Sonja Volume 6 #6 which is the latest of several Dynamite Entertainment Red Sonja comic books that I have read.  This is also only the eighth issue of a Mirka Andolfo comic book that I have read.

Andolfo and Luca Blengino have managed to extend this story past the point that I thought they reasonable could.  They have done so with an epic mother and daughter tale that seems to straddle most of the lands upon which Red Sonja's boots and tread.  The writers continue to offer big changes and move the story to new strange, faraway lands, as the leads face trials and tribulations.  This is sword and sorcery with an emphasis on character drama and relationships.

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


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

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