This month in Legends of Red Sonja, the Grey Riders are still hunting Red Sonja, and the party is still trading fireside tales about the She-Devil and their reasons for joining the hunt. We get three stories this time around, plus Gail Simone’s uniting thread that brings it all together.
Leah Moore’s The Palace of the Necromancer (art by Tula Lotay), Sonja goes on an adventure to kill a necromancer. When Horthak, the warrior/adventurer she accompanies, cares more about treasure than fighting the lich and his minions, Sonja repays him in kind.
Nicola Scott’s Gertrelle’s Lament (art by Doug Holgate) gives us an old witch with a grudge – Red Sonja interrupted a binding ritual that would have given her everything she dreamed of.
My favorite story this month is Gerd’s Story: What Lies Beneath, written by Rhianna Pratchett (she’s Terry Pratchett’s daughter – if she can’t write fantasy, who can?) and with art by Naiiebim. Here, we get the origin of Sonja’s iconic chain mail, and a storyteller who doesn’t have an axe to grind… in fact, she’s got some respect for Red. The art is its usual level of brilliant, with different styles helping lead us into the mindset of different storytellers. Gerd’s Story has some of my favorite art, including a bodacious warrior woman who shows off her curves while wielding two bloody war axes. It speaks to me and my child-bearing hips. Badass doesn’t only come in a size 2.
This is a definite add to your pull list and your shopping basket if it isn’t already. Solid 4 out of 5 morning stars to this one. It hits shelves this Wednesday.
LEGENDS OF RED SONJA #3 (of 5)
Writers: Gail Simone, Leah Moore, Nicola Scott, Rhianna Pratchett
Art: Jack Jadson, Tula Lotay, Doug Holgate, Naiiebim
On-Sale Date: January 22, 2014
Diamond ID: NOV130963