Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Comics Review: RED SONJA Volume 6 #7


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; Sozomaika; Jamie Biggs; Roberto Castro; Leslie Leirix; Mirka Andolfo; Sapphire Nova (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2022)

Rated Teen+

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

“Mother” Chapter Seven

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 #7 opens in the village of the “Feud of the Seven Gallows” with the story of its ruler, Baroness Drang.  Now, we learn why she has been holding Red Sonja as her prisoner for so many days.  Meanwhile, Sitha and Kebra, the 16-year-old thief who has befriended her, loot the Baroness' treasure chamber.

But will Kebra keep her word to help Sitha rescue the She-Devil with a Sword?  Can a weakened Red Sonja survive the Baroness?  Will “Xamul,” the demigoddess of fire, wind, and fury that resides in her, leave Sitha in peace.

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 #7 which is the latest of several Dynamite Entertainment Red Sonja comic books that I have read.  This is also only the ninth issue of a Mirka Andolfo comic book that I have read.

I admire that Andolfo and Luca Blengino have managed to extend this story past the point that I thought they reasonable could.  What seemed like a mere story of Red Sonja escorting a waif has become a complex story of figures who act essentially as mother and daughter.

Artist Giuseppe Cafaro turns Andolfo and Blengino's script into compelling graphical storytelling, and he expertly captures Sitha's mercurial ways.  Colorist Chiara Di Francia and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou complete this series engaging storytelling.  The result is a unique Red Sonja comic book series that should appeal to fans of this character and franchise.

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

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch,” which feature and Q&A with writer Ron Marz and Andy Lanning concerning “Project Superpowers.”]


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


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