Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1

Although still well known for her exploits, the version of Red Sonja we see in Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #1 isn't quite yet the legend she will become. The story reunites Sonja with Ozzyus in the search for her friend, and Ozzyus' other pupil, Shashana. Also looming just over the horizon is the demon conqueror Raka as the next challenge in Sonja's path.

Along with the current storyline, writer Luke Lieberman and artist Sergio Davila offer flashbacks to different moments of Sonja's past including the first time Ozzyus encountered a young girl with bright red hair.

The first issue introduces us to Sonja's quest (with further flashbacks of her friendship with Shashana), her drunken wandering which leaves destruction in its wake, and her temporary capture by a Sultan whom she hopes to pry information out of. The last of these seems a bit more elaborate than necessary (and more calculated than the stab-first method Sonja uses elsewhere in the comic), but it does provide some early action to help frame the tale. Worth a look.

[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]

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