Red Sonja #74
Written by Eric Trautmann
Pencils by Marcio Abreu
Colors by Salvatore Aiala Studios
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Walter Geovani
Edited by Joseph Rybrandt
Release Date: April 17, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Red Sonja #74 is CLASSIC sword & sorcery stuff! It’s a really fantastic book that took me back to reading this title and Conan when I was a kid. Classic stuff, told with modern storytelling.
Eric Trautmann does a great job here with the script and the overall story, which has been building for some time now. This is the penultimate chapter of both the story AND the series, so it’s fitting that he would choose to tell a “gather everyone for the big fight” tale. A bunch of mysteries are explained, things get heavy with the villains chasing Sonja & company, and it’s a perfect cliffhanger ending to lead up to the next issue.
Artist Marcio Abreu really deserves some recognition for this issue and his work on the series. First, he’s given Sonja a new outfit and a bit of a make-over for this story. Second, he’s put much detail and thought into the garb and design of the various tribes that back her and her band of mercenaries. Second, he does a great job of showing almost over the top violence without any gore, and that’s a pet peeve of mine, but he manages to pull it off without a hitch.
Although this may be a bad jumping-on point, I would recommend that you pick it up. The most you’re going to invest in is 2 issues, and guess what? Half of them are all ready great! What’ve you got to lose?