Red Sonja #4 Review
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Cover: Marguerite Sauvage
Now this is what I like to see. Some action here, a bit of character inspiration there, and going forward in the story a bit more. However, there were some things in this book that could have been spared.
So King Savas definitely has his people under his thumb, but it seems that his Black Talons have no problems beating them into submission. The Three Sonjas (yes, I’m calling them that) is on the hunt for Midyan and Sonja, along with the townspeople and a whole army. What does our brave heroine decide to do? Inspire the people through speech! It probably would have worked if Sonja had went through with it, but problems came up, so what can you do?
In this issue we get a fight between the four redheads that leaves a temple in ruin. Our heroine was almost doomed, but her heroic lover, Raka, stepped in to save her. Risking his life, last words and all that. Seriously, I hate it when a lover’s death has to serve as that big push for our hero to conquer the enemy. That’s not all. Our dear friend Midyan has been captured by the Three Sonjas, and guess who’s gonna have to rescue her? Can I have a moment where the obviously incapable friend actually does a good job of staying out-of-the-way? Yes it is cliché, and yes it could have been handled differently. This is getting a bit played out Ms. Bennett, and feels a bit like lazy writing to me.
Aneke handled the art pretty well. Except for a some things. There are plenty of inconsistencies. On page one, we have a soldier kicking down a brown shape. You really can’t tell what it is, but I’m going to assume its a door. Also, Aneke doesn’t seem to want to complete the eyes. The white of the eyes sometimes bleeds into the blacks of the eye to the point where it cuts it off. The way Sonja holds a sword always looks so odd, as if part of her arm is doing it right, but the other half of her arm is twisted along with the hand. Some weapons disappear and then reappear out of nowhere. Seasons change over the course of who knows how long.
Besides the bad, we do have a lot of good. Bennett and Aneke really gave that issue that I was looking for. We’re moving forward in the story. Aneke delivered on the dynamics in a pretty good fight scene. No blood (like I wanted), but still good. Hoping to see some heads roll next time.