Saturday, August 13, 2022

Comics Review: "RED SITHA #4" Closes in Style


STORY: Mirka Andolfo and Luca Blengino
ART: Valentina Pinti
COLORS: Chiara Di Francia
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Junggeun Yoon
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (August 2022)

Rated Teen+

Sitha is a female character that debuted in Red Sonja Volume 6 #1, and she was created by comic book superstar Mirka Andolfo.  Red Sonja accepted a bounty to bring a girl named “Sitha” to a broker who would send her home to her father.  The girl, however, became attached to Sonja and called her “Mother” and their adventures began.

Now, Sitha is “Sitha the Red,” and she is the star of her own comic book series, Red Sitha.  It is written by Andolfo and Luca Blengino; drawn by Valentina Pinti; colored by Chiara Di Francia; and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry.  The series focuses on Sitha the Red, the adopted daughter of Red Sonja, now a decade older and a bounty hunter in the Kingdom of Aquilonia.  That is until Kildrick, a young man who claims to be Sitha's brother, involves her in a suicide mission.

Red Sitha #4 opens as Sitha, Kildrick, and Kebra prepare to enter the lair of Shefru-Sobek – the undisputed master of the “Living Necropolis.”  At least, it finally brings Sitha and Kildrick face to face with their parents.  Now, Sitha must confront old enemies if she is to survive and free her parents in a story that features lots of reunions.  And one of them is most shocking!

THE LOWDOWN:   Since July 2021, the marketing department at Dynamite Entertainment has been providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Red Sitha #4, the fourth issue of the series that I have read.

I don't know if Red Sitha #4 is the end of this series; it may be.  If it is, this fourth issue is a glorious ending, and the most shocking thing about it is that it is filled with breath-taking reveals and reunions.  But I want this to be a NO SPOILERS!!! kind of review.

I can say that I still think that writers Mirka Andolfo and Luca Blengino have created what is probably the best Robert E. Howard-type spin-off, one both highly imaginative and delightfully humorous.  Artist Valentina Pinti delivers such rich storytelling, a landscape of shifting moods and settings that captures the imagination and transports readers to new worlds.  Colorist Chiara Di Francia's beautiful colors make Pinti's pretty art a paradise of eye candy.

I want you to read this comic book (or a trade collection), Red Sitha, dear readers.  You'll love it

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


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

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