Red Sonja 2 review

RSvol3-02-Cov-A-Sauvage-a5a53In the first issue of Marguerite Bennett’s Red Sonja run, the old king of Hyrkania died. In the year that passed, Sonja grew increasingly bored with the total lack of people deserving a killing, making for a fun comic, but one that made it hard to see where the series was going. That is until the very end, where she caught a group of soldiers about to execute an innocent family. That’s where this issue begins.

First off, Red Sonja 2 is fun. Sonja holds back in the opening action scene, reluctant to kill the soldiers of her homeland, yet she still spanks them hard. The rest of the comic is a mix of scenes that shows part of what Hyrkania is like under its new king, in ways that Sonja didn’t see before. As fun as it is, it’s also a neat look into what a propaganda-based culture can be like. Even if it doesn’t go too deep into it yet, there’s a lot of potential for some great storytelling with how propaganda can fool a nation, yet it won’t fool everyone. In this issue’s end, Sonja comes face to face with the new king, and it turns out they’ve met before. Without spoiling it, the sequence on the last page is both exciting and kind of hilarious.

The art by Aneke is great. The opening action scene gives Sonja a good show of skill while she’s clearly holding back. The action flows well and there’s a good amount of blood without going overboard. There’s a live performance scene that’s complete with a good assortment of weird costumes and varied audience members. Everything has an overall clean appearance. Jorge Sutil’s colouring is vibrant, making for a comic that’s appealing to look at.

Red Sonja 2 is a fun comic, and sometimes, fun is all you need. That said, there is a level of brilliance behind the fun storytelling in a way that could lead to some brilliant commentary. While I’ll be a little disappointed if Bennett doesn’t take advantage of this potential, so long as this series remains fun, I’m in. Red Sonja fans should check this out, as should anyone who’s interested in checking her out.

8/10

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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