Ah, the first comics related blog post that I’m writing in my new home. Well, the first blog post that I’ve written here period. On the weeks I’m working evenings, I’ll likely continue to post these on Wednesday, hopefully by noon. But on weeks that I’m working mornings, these posts probably won’t arrive until Thursday as there is no comic store in the town I’m living in, and I’m not going to drive 45 minutes back into my hometown just to pick up comics. I’ll instead wait for Thursdays when I’m also heading into town for Kung-Fu.
This week, I picked up War of the Realms 5 and Red Sonja 5. Here are my first impressions.
War of the Realms 5 on its own is the most scattered issue in this series yet. While both Thor and Jane Foster get some good character focus, the rest of this comic mostly offers glimpses of the different tie-ins going on. The narration makes the whole thing feel like a big, giant myth, but the scattered nature of this issue makes it a bit harder to enjoy on its own. It probably would have benefited from touching on all these different stories a lot less to focus on the main story more. That said, this is still an enjoyable comic – just not as good as the previous four issues. It’s still worth picking up if you’ve been enjoying this event so far, but I wouldn’t recommend it otherwise.
Red Sonja 5 is great. As much as the previous four issues have been really entertaining, especially with Sonja’s guerrilla tactics hitting the invading army hard, this issue explores how the invasion is really taking its toll on Hyrkania. A lot of Hyrkanians are losing their faith, and even Sonja is finding it more difficult to make decisions as their makeshift queen. There’s still some good action of course, but this issue feels like a necessary step back to look at the severity of the situation. Not only is this a very effective comic on its own, but it gives the entire run a lot more dramatic weight as a whole. That makes this issue, and this series, an easy recommendation for Red Sonja fans.