Red Sonja #2
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Walter Geovani
Colored by Adriano Lucas
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Edited by Joseph Rybant
Covers by Jenny Frison, Nicola Scott and Stephanie Buscema
Release Date: August 14, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Red Sonja #2 delves into the relationship between Red Sonja and Dark Annisia. Three years prior to the events taking place, they fought as slaves against scores of other slaves until they were the last two standing. Their relationship was stronger than sisters, but now they are fighting against each other. Sonja is fighting to protect her people, but Annisia’s cause is much more of a mystery and much more sinister.
Gail Simone‘s writing is riveting. Intertwining their relationship’s origin story with the fight being waged, it allows for a slow reveal that builds suspense and allows for a unique twist. Sonja’s inner monologue allows for great character development. She is so much more than a red-headed she-devil with a sword.
But the best part is the art. Beautiful and detailed, the colors are so vibrant and fitting to the characters. It is a bit softer than the previous iterations, but still quite sexy and fierce. The book is worth the read just to look at the art.
This new storyline is allowing for a much more complex Red Sonja, and it is very enjoyable to read. It leaves room for more growth and I’m looking forward to the direction this creative team will take her in the future.