Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Comics Review: The Immortal RED SONJA #2


STORY: Dan Abnett
ARTIST: Emiliana Pinna
COLORS: Luca Colandrea
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: David Nakayama
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Junggeun Yoon; Joseph Michael Linsner; Leirix Li; John Royle; Jay Anacleto; Layne; Jamie Tyndall; David Nakayama; Gracie the Cosplay Lass and Jim Donnelly
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (May 2022)

Rated Teen+

“The Cursed World”

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.  The latest is Immortal Red Sonja.  It is written by Dan Abnett; drawn by Emiliana Pinna and Alessandro Miracolo; colored by Luca Colandrea and Ellie Wright; and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry.  The series is set in the Britain of legend and finds Red Sonja (“Sonja the Red”) wearing cursed chain mail and forced to save the fallen, lost kingdom of “Logres.”

Immortal Red Sonja #2 (“The Cursed World”) opens in Logres.  Sonja is forced to wear a chain mail vest cursed with the spirit of the last Paindragon of Logres.  Now, she has to face a giant, which ends with her sword broken.  Luckily, an enchanted pond offers another sword?!  Plus, the journey to find Merlyn begins and the curses continue.

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 Immortal Red Sonja #2, which is one of many, many Dynamite Red Sonja comic books that I have read.

In Immortal Red Sonja, Dan Abnett's spin on the Arthurian legend is both imaginative and alluring.  The twists and turns of the names and elements of familiar characters are nice.  This is one of the better Red Sonja comic books, for sure.

Alessandro Miracolo's art and storytelling have a nice pace, giving the action of the script room to breath.  However, Miracolo's storytelling does make one thing clear.  This story would read better in large segments, maybe even as a graphic novel.  Still, I highly recommend Immortal Red Sonja.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Red Sonja comic books must read Immortal Red Sonja.

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” May 2022, which features an interview with writer Jordan Clark.]


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


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