Red Sonja #4 – Review
Red Sonja #4
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez
Max and Red Sonja have caught up to Kulan Gath and are ready for a showdown in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Amidst the displays, and hopefully avoiding the innocents at the museum, history repeats itself. Time has given us an encore of the She-Devil With a Sword versus the Destroyer of Kingdoms, but Time itself is also at play.
Writer Amy Chu comes out of the gate swinging in this issue, armed with not just the classic sword and sorcery, but with time and space. Not only has she thrust Sonja into New York City, and allied her with Max, the cop who can speak Hyborian, but also rounded it off with Kulan Gath finding his place among the elite of New York, working his magic to control a new kingdom. Now she dazzlingly reveals just what is going on as our two ancient foes come to blows in the shadows of history while surrounded by the now that we, the readers, know as home. The twist is delicious and whets our appetites for even more of what is to come in this story.
Artist Carlos Gomez captures the action and the confusion delivering panel after panel of revelations that make our eyes grow wider by the moment. This is a case of the artist and the writer truly in sync for a momentous pay off and the two work wonders with a complex story that takes us from present to past in momentary flashes keeping us reeling as we eagerly turn the pages to sink more deeply into this issue.
The whole series thus far has been outstanding, but this issue stands out as a burgeoning masterpiece. If ever you were tempted to try out Red Sonja, this is an issue that could make you fall in love. Acting as both a capstone of the previous three issues, and as a jumping off point for the future of this series, this issue is both the perfect entry into, and payoff for readers new and old. I am very glad that this title is in my pull list, and you would be too!