Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Comics Review: RED SONJA Volume 6 #12


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. (August 2022)

Rated Teen+

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

“Mother” Chapter Twelve

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 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 #12 opens outside of the village of Agaras-Bulba, the true home of Sitha.  Tricked about the girl's fate, Red Sonja now truly sees her as a daughter.  She returns to the village and into the mountain where Sitha is to be sacrificed.  Are things going to unfold as Sonja wishes?

The demon Xamul is free at last, and the High Priestess of his cult is determined to harness her power.  The fate of the village and of Sitha hangs in the balance.  Can Red Sonja save her daughter and guide an enslaved people to freedom … and fight a god?

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

What a lovely series Red Sonja Volume 6 is.  Mirka Andolfo and Luca Blengino have fashioned in this series one of the best Red Sonja comic book series that I have ever read.  Yet it took me until the end to truly understand it.  This iteration of Red Sonja was not only a tale of mothers and daughters, but it was also a tale about home.  For Red Sonja and eventually for Sitha, the world is home and you can always find people that can be family, friends, mentors, and maybe even lovers.

I highly recommend this series with its beautiful art by Giuseppe Cafaro and fiery colors by Chiara Di Francia and steady drumbeat lettering by Jeff Eckleberry.  I think it will make a wonderful two-volume trade paperback collection or even one big hardcover.  Readers should be able to discover the wonders of Red Sonja by Mirka Andolfo for years to come.

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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