Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Comics Review: RED SONJA Volume 6 #11


STORY: Mirka Andolfo and Luca Blengino
ART: Giuseppe Cafaro
COLORS: Chiara Di Francia
LETTERS: Jeff Eckleberry
EDITOR: Nate Cosby
COVER: Mirka Andolfo
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2022)

Rated Teen+

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

“Mother” Chapter Eleven

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 #11 opens at Agaras-Bulba, the place where Sitha is supposed to be delivered.  Sitha is finally reunited with her real mother once more.  With her mission at last accomplished, Red Sonja is ready to go home.  When she understands the “Dance of Wind and Fire,” she realizes that the village of Agaras-Bulba is not what is seems.  Nothing is what it seems.

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 #11 which is the latest of several Dynamite Entertainment Red Sonja comic books that I have read.

Andolfo and Luca Blengino have fashioned in this series one of the best Red Sonja comic book series that I have ever read.  This tale of mothers and daughters is filled with genuine emotion, but it also has plenty of swordplay and violence as befitting a sword and sorcery comic book.  As the end comes, I know that I will miss it … but new readers will hopefully have a trade collection in which to enjoy it.

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


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


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