STORY: Mirka Andolfo and Luca Blengino
ART: Giuseppe Cafaro
COLORS: Chiara Di Francia
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Mirka Andolfo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Joseph Michael Linsner; Leslie “Leirex” Li; Jonathan Lau; Roberto Castro; Nathan Szerdy; Tiago Da Silva; Mirka Andolfo; Sapphire Nova and James Brock (cosplay)
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (June 2022)
Based on the characters and stories created by Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Robert E. Howard
“Mother” Chapter Ten
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.
Dynamite Entertainment is now the publisher of Red Sonja comic books. One of the recent titles, 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 and Jeff Eckleberry. 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 (Kithai). The girl, however, becomes attached to Sonja and calls her mother and an adventure begins.
Red Sonja Volume 6 #10 opens on a strange island on the “Sea of Vilayet.” Sonja and Captain Eustachius Krancher, the pirate, search for the missing Sitha. Meanwhile, the traitorous Captain Beylab of “Derketo's Eye,” upon which Sonja and Sitha sought passage, reveals his true plans. Can he awaken a dead god?
And what part does Xamul – the demigoddess of fire, wind, and fury that now resides inside Sitha – play in this?
THE LOWDOWN: Since July 2021, the marketing department of Dynamite Entertainment has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles. One of them is Red Sonja Volume 6 #10 which is the latest of several Dynamite Entertainment Red Sonja comic books that I have read. This is also only the twelfth issue of a Mirka Andolfo comic book that I have read.
Andolfo and Luca Blengino have shifted this story into an old-fashioned sword and sorcery adventure, full of magic, mysticism, strange lands, and stranger creatures. This current story arc, which runs over parts of three issues, feels like a mystical Robert E. Howard tale, the kind adapted into comics by the great writer-editor, Roy Thomas. This is a treat to read, and it prepares us for the next big arc, which may bring our heroes to their destination.
This issue, artist Giuseppe Cafaro creates silvery and dreaming storytelling to capture the surreal setting. Cafaro also continues to capture the sense of magic that infuses this series, making this a Red Sonja comic book worth following.
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” June 2022, which features an interview with writer Christopher Priest.]
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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