Red Sonja #5 – Review
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Cover: Marguerite Sauvage
Art: Aneke, Diego Galindo
Thing are starting to heat up in this issue of Red Sonja. With the capture of Midyan and Sonja’s “fleeing”, what is our She-Devil to do? Go find allies of course. Can’t storm a castle and dethrone a king all on your own.
This issue puts Sonja in a snowy terrain and hunting a roc, which looks like a giant phoenix. If she captures that thing, then King Savas better watch out. He’s gonna be in the hot seat real soon. All the while this is taking place, Midyan is chained to the throne of the King. Savas hasn’t hurt her, threatened her, or imposed himself on her yet, but he’s still a creep. Seriously, he wants to give her red hair. This guy has a serious problem. However, Midyan has decided to make herself useful buy writing a play to sway the people to the real Sonja, but do the people know who the real Sonja is? Don’t write Midyan off yet. She’s a bit crafty.
It seems that Bennett meant for this book to be sort of a build up issue. Nothing wrong with that. It would have been too much to throw in the next issue without establishing some plot points before the big fight that may be coming up. I feel like this book may be lacking something. I feel like I’m waiting on some big important moment that doesn’t want to show itself. It needs some razzle dazzle, that flair you get from natural, good drama. Marguerite Bennett is a good writer, but this story feels stagnant. Hopefully then next issue fills up that spot that feels to be lacking in some way. To be completely honest, I want to see this book pick up real soon.
I am 70/30 with the art on this book. A lot of it is pretty good, but some of it is not. The inconsistencies in the art is killing me. For example, Sonja decides to capture the roc and draws a sword. It gets away from her, so she finds its cave, hides under some of its food and smears blood on her face. I see that there is a bow sitting next to her, but where did it come from? Also, in the opening panels, she doesn’t have a sword or sheath, but she does in a few panels afterwards. All of these magically appearing and disappearing weapons are a bit annoying. There are other inconsistencies in the art, but I won’t get into them for now.
I will honestly say that Red Sonja may be lacking. It really needs some excitement in the book. There is always issue #6, so it can’t get worse. I’m gonna be patient with this one. It may be worth it later on.