This is the new comic series of the week. I’ve never read this series before and I didn’t do any research beforehand. That way, it can be evaluated both on quality and on how easy it is for new readers. Why Queen Sonja? Because the movie based on this character was hilariously bad. Otherwise, I know nothing about this series.
As for this comic, I’m not sure what I think of it. The comic itself is coherent enough for a new reader, but I have no idea who any of these characters are. Sure, there’s Sonja, an evil wizard that took her throne, and another ruler named Suvara, but that’s all I know. The two queens and a few companions launch an assault to retake Sonja’s throne.
The battle at the castle is good enough, even if it feels rushed. However, the wizard vanishing without a fight feels very anti-climactic. There are a few other pages I can’t even begin to describe as I had no idea what was going on besides a bunch of beheading.
The art is competent and detailed enough to hold your attention, but that probably won’t be what you’re looking at. All the women in this comic are wearing skimpy bra and bikini armor, leaving their bellies legs and head uncovered (Sonja is wearing skin tight pants, but that doesn’t count). That’s totally the perfect thing to wear when you’re attacking a castle full of soldiers. One look at the comic’s cover, with Sonja’s bikini scale armor and it’s easy to figure out how their trying to attract new readers.
It’s an alright book, but it’s not worth the $4 price tag. All you’re getting is a castle raid that feels rushed, a bit of exposition and women drawn in bikini armor. There’s not much character development and the main villain only appears on four panels. If that sounds good to you, try it by all means. I won’t be reading this series again though.
The Human Torch is the substitute teacher for the Future Foundation kids as Mr. Fantastic is on a peace mission. Considering how all these kids are leagues smarter than he is, you could imagine it isn’t the best fit. After he hilariously fails to explain reproduction to the group of intellectual misfits, he decides to take them on a field trip … to the negative zone.
What follows is an amusing little tale that sets up what could be a larger story or two coming up in the series, whether for the remainder of Hickman’s run or whoever is coming after. The art, while not amazing, holds its own.
There really isn’t much else to say here. Everything you need to know is on the recap page. It’s a fun story that sets up the future of the Fantastic Four franchise and I recommend it to anyone who’s curious about the younger Fantastic Four characters.