Red Sonja #1 – Review
Red Sonja #1
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez
Cover Artist: Nick Bradshaw, J. Scott Campbell (cover B), Brandon Peterson (cover C), Giuseppe Camuncoli (cover D), Cosplay Cover (cover E), Mel Rubi (Subscription, cover F)
The unseasonably warm winter is starting to give way to a snowstorm in New York City. Break out your galoshes, winter coats, hats, and maybe a shield would be smart… What? Yep. A shield. Because there’s a hot sword-swinging red-haired babe appearing out of nowhere in Manhattan and it’s not for NYCC! You read that right. Red Sonja is hitting the big city. One might hope it would be to take in the sights, get some shopping in, maybe a good meal or a show, but somehow this smacks of sorcery, and we all know what our red She-Devil thinks of sorcery. Buckle up, kiddies, it’s gonna be a fun ride!
Dynamite Entertainment is starting 2017’s new Red Sonja title with a bang. Amy Chu has a story for us that will make our heads spin. Red Sonja has been whisked away from her familiar Hyrkania and dropped right down into the midst of the mighty modern city through fell sorcery. The story is written so well that you immediately get caught up in the excitement and feel like you’re there with the wind on your face watching this first-hand.
Carlos Gomez treats us with superb city backdrops and excellent character renderings. Nothing looks out of place, and that is saying something with literally everything out of place in this story. From the puzzled looks on modern-day policemen, to the well-written translation issues, everything in this issue hits on the right beats to get you through the shock of scenic transitions and into the story.
I am a long-time lover of Red Sonja and I can’t remember the last time I was so excited to start reading a new series starring her. It’s like the comic gods opened up my mind and took my two favorite things and put them together in one glorious title. I’m definitely adding this one to my pull list!