Saturday Issue Review: Red Sonja Volume 1 Queen of Plagues by Gail Simone

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Red Sonja Vol 1Source: Dynamite/Netgalley – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Dynamite
Series: Red Sonja #1-6
Edition: eARC, 160 Pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Medieval Fantasy
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*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude!

Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect… even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths!

Who is Dark Annisia, and how has this fearsome warrior accomplished what no god nor demon has been able to do: force Sonja to her knees in surrender?

An epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance, Queen of the Plagues takes Red Sonja from the depths of her own grave to the heights of battlefield glory.

Red Sonja is definitely a woman who makes an impression! I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect going into this and all I had really was the praises of a fellow blogger, so I took the chance and sat down to read. Now I’m more than happy to add Red Sonja to a list of comics I want to buy in the future and I’ve added Gail Simone to a list of authors I want to see more from.

The story of Red Sonja is set in a world during what could be likened to the medieval period; there are kings, fierce battles with armor and swords, and plagues. There is also an added fantasy element that I hadn’t expected. We’re introduced to a race of creatures that seem to be known as Merpeople, which resemble aquatic creatures sort of like the Davy Jone’s pirates from the Pirates of the Caribbean. The story was really interesting, though admitted slow in the beginning, and held a lot of elements to enjoy. One of which is the amount of strong females. I think issue two was the turning point for me, because the stakes are raised and we learn more of Sonja’s background. It humanized her and instead of being just some force of nature, she became a human to be reckoned with.

I’ll be the first to admit I kind of scowled at the outfit Red Sonja is wearing, and the first impression was lackluster for me. It resembles something a high level female would wear in an MMO. However once I got into the story and saw just how fierce, determined, and utterly strong this woman was I suddenly didn’t mind…combined with the fact that she’s smart enough to wear clothes when needed. This woman kicks all kinds of ass, but even though she’s a bit rough around the edges she still maintains a certain amount of honor and respect that makes her completely likable. I’m also really fond of her two ‘bodyguards’ who are really sweet, a tad naïve, and incredibly brave. They are not truly the soldiers they think themselves to be but their determination alone makes them worthy of the title.

It’s rare that I have so much to say about a graphic novel but this one really provides plenty to talk about. I’ll be looking forward to reading more of this series and seeing what Sonja faces next.

4 stars

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6 Responses to Saturday Issue Review: Red Sonja Volume 1 Queen of Plagues by Gail Simone

  1. I love the cover and yeah that outfit..I am glad you found her to be strong

  2. lab1990 says:

    Glad you enjoyed this one. Love strong heroines!!

    Lauren from http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  3. Christa says:

    I started reading this because I like Gail Simone and I seriously had my doubts but I ended up loving it. I totally get what you mean about the outfit. At first I thought it was silly but then I realized that it fit her personality. Plus when you think about it Conan (who’s from the same universe) only wears a small leather loincloth so it’s equal opportunity minimal outfits!

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