Comic Review: Red Sonja Vol. 1: Scorched Earth (Dynamite Entertainment)

Another Dynamite Red Sonja collection this week, sweet! (Check out my other review of Dynamite’s The Complete Gail Simone Red Sonja) This one, with writing by Mark Russell, has multiple […]

Another Dynamite Red Sonja collection this week, sweet! (Check out my other review of Dynamite’s The Complete Gail Simone Red Sonja)

This one, with writing by Mark Russell, has multiple illustrators: Mirko Colak, Bob Q, Robert Carey, and Katie O’Meara. Colour is by Dearbhla Kelly with Bob Q.

The collection cover is by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts, and the packaging and editing is by Nate Cosby.

These stories originally appeared as Red Sonja Volume 5, issues 1-6 and Red Sonja: Lord of Fools One-Shot.

Speaking of One-Shot, I read this volume at one sitting. I was spellbound. Hooked. Couldn’t put it down. The initial storyline did it. Sonja, returning to the Wastelands of East Hyrkania. Soon to be attacked and invaded from Shadizar.

The setup, wind up and delivery of this storyline is impeccable. It has smirking humour, striking directness, blunt brutality, and witty dialogue. The artwork is stellar; it sticks to the narrative, doesn’t get pretentious, and pulls us in. The characters are rendered with compassion and observation. The colouring is atmospheric, reined in, and full chroma.

This is an excellent collection, with everything we want in our Red Sonja sagas.

As a bonus, the editor has included many many variant covers by a wide range of artists, plus several fascinating coplay photo covers.

Dynamite, Red Sonja Scorched Earth Volume One, $19.99 for 226 pages of content. Teen +

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