Red Sonja #6 Review
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Cover: Marguerite Savauge
Ring the bells and rejoice for Hyrkania and her mighty Sonja the She-Devil! I’m glad I didn’t give up on this book. Issue #6 puts Sonja and her books in a new place in my heart. Boy, was I hesitant to give this book another go. The curse of Hyrkania is coming to an end, but how do her people keep the peace now?
Red Sonja #6 starts in the aftermath of a seemingly failed rebellion. Good thing everything is not what it seems. Another wave of Lyna’s rebels come sweeping down the hill as Sonja leads the charge atop the fiery roc. King Savas flees with Midyan, but not even his castle is safe from our She-Devil. Enter Kanara and her delusions. This is the issue that I was looking for. Marguerite Bennett gave us some great action and emotion that I have been wanting from this book. None of that stiff predictable writing from previous issues, but naturally flowing scenes.
Bennett had me going with a few of these plot twists. Midyan for one. At first, she seemed like a traitor, then she seemed to go back and forth between loyalty to Savas and loyalty to Sonja. I still have a few doubts, but I think Midyan is as good a friend as any. I’m hoping to see more of Lyna and Kanara’s sisters. While power over Hyrkania is shifting, I’m not sure who is best fit for it’s throne. We can only hope to see. Of course I don’t expect Sonja to stay in the kingdom for long, but perhaps it will be in better hands. Savas may have been a bit of a tyrant, but he certanly made some improvements. Could all of his accomplishments be undone?
Aneke helps in conveying this steady flowing book. The art has gotten better. However, it seems that Aneke can’t get a good handle on some of the facial expressions. Some of them look great, but others seem too cartoonish, with protruding features or enlarged eyes. Aneke was also more careful about weapon placement. No random knives or swords coming out of nowhere. Mitra knows I can’t stand that. The textures look neater, some of the faces look less squished, and the body movements look more loose. Even with all the negativity I just mentioned, Aneke has improved, and it is noticeable.
This issue was much better, and I will be staying on to see the story continue. Yes, I am pleased with this book now, and no, I don’t think I will be giving it up anytime soon. I am now eager to follow up on it. There are a few loose ends to tie up, and I’m sure there are plenty of other challenges to be met. As this story arc ends, I hope that this is just the beginning of the rest of Sonja’s adventures. The soul of Hyrkania must triumph, and it will.