Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Comics Review: The Invincible RED SONJA #9


STORY: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
ARTIST: Moritat
COLORS: Sal Monoco
LETTERS: Dave Sharpe
EDITOR: Matt Idleson
COVER: Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Joseph Michael Linsner; Celina; Frank Cho; Carla Cohen; Ken Haeser; Moritat; Meghan Hetrick; Josh Burns; Elias Chatzoudis; Amanda Conner; Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts; cosplay cover by Rachel Hollon and David Turner
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (June 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 Sal Monoco; and lettered by Dave Sharpe.  In this series, Red Sonja is joined by the wing Tuma; the dispossessed Prince Ederik and Princess Zaria; and the Darklanders, Rok and Kai.

The Invincible Red Sonja #9 opens in the city of Capellia.  Awaiting Sonja there is the living god, Tezzah, who has ruled for over a thousand years.  Now, she is in this god's arena to fight her monstrous son.  But if she defeats mother and son, Sonja will have a kingdom on her hands.  What will this mean for Tuma, Ederik, Zaria, Rok and Kai?

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 #9, which is the sixth issue of the series that I have read.

Under a beautiful cover by artist Amanda Conner and colorist Paul Mounts, The Invincible Red Sonja moves towards its likely end.  Conner and her co-writer Jimmy Palmiotti presents a big prize in front of Red Sonja.  It is a tempting one, and a prize many would collect.  This series always finds a way to grip the readers even as the locales and plots change.  I look forward to whatever comes next.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Red Sonja comic books will want to read The Invincible Red Sonja.

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” June 2022, which features an interview with writer Christopher Priest.]


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

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