Comic Review: Immortal Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite Entertainment)

Cursed by an ancient chainmail shirt, Red Sonja travels far and wide to seek aid to dispose of such a curse that plagues her existence. She seeks the help of […]

Cursed by an ancient chainmail shirt, Red Sonja travels far and wide to seek aid to dispose of such a curse that plagues her existence.

She seeks the help of Merlin to help her in her plight, but she’ll have more trouble than expected as a mysterious enemy crosses her path to eliminate her. It’s sword and sorcery of the highest order!

It’s interesting to see a version of Red Sonja based in a different era that is more different from the usual period that she often roams in. This is a time period where Red Sonja is existing within the time of Arthurian myth and Medieval fantasy. Dan Abnett brings Red Sonja back to her roots with the genre that sparked all kinds of medieval fantasy since its inception. Red Sonja feels right at home within this setting and the story is an awesome one as she ventures to sort out the origin of her cursed chainmail. Abnett writes a great story filled with mystery and action that is fitting of the She-Devil, and what awaits her will have fans of Arthurian myth excited to see.

Alessandro Miracolo does the art duties on this book, making Red Sonja look just as cool as she has ever been. Miracolo does a great job at crafting layouts and making that classic Barry Windsor-Smith design look fresh again for a new era of Red Sonja stories, especially in context to the story. In addition, Ellie Wright provides atmospheric colorwork that perfectly suits the visual narrative of the story, and with Jeff Eckleberry’s lettering, makes this a solid first issue for a new Red Sonja title.

This is a great new series that provides a great jumping-on point for anyone that wants to read a sword and sorcery title by a good team of creators, especially for people who want to get into this classic character. If you’re a long-time fan of Red Sonja since her inception, you’ll enjoy this book, and if you’re new to the character, this is the perfect jumping-on point that’ll get you into the character and her world. I highly recommend picking this book up and adding it to your list for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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