Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Comics Review: The Invincible RED SONJA #8


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; Jamie Biggs; Elias Chatzoudis; Amanda Conner, Rachel Hollon cosplay
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2022)

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.

The Invincible Red Sonja #8 opens as Red Sonja and Tuma continue to battle against the warriors and strange creatures of the Darklands.  Although she is able to hold them off for a moment, Sonja and company eventually succumb to their leader, Rok, and his forces.

Then, it is on to the city of Capellia.  Awaiting Sonja there is the living god, Tezzah, and in the god's arena, her son.  To save herself and her friends, Sonja must defeat him.

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 The Invincible Red Sonja #8, which is the fifth issue of the series that I have read.

Simply put,  Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are killing it.  They not only depict Sonja as the ultimate bad-ass female warrior, but they also pit her against the best adversaries.  It is pure sword and sorcery, and the result is one of the most enjoyable comic books that I am currently reading.  It is raw and funny.  It is violently crazy and crazily violent.

Artist Moritat's plump breasted and heavily muscled Red Sonja will bring all the boys to the yard.  Matt Carter's hue bring the story to life in living color.  The Invincible Red Sonja is a comic book that I must recommend, dear readers, because it is one of the best Red Sonja comic books in years.

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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