I’ve been waiting for this book since Gail Simone first announced it back in July. A Red Sonja miniseries, authored by a series of amazing women. It’s the ultimate Girl Power concept for what I consider one of the ultimate Girl Power titles out there. The first issue was exactly what I wanted it to be, and more.
The title, the first in a 5-part series, presents different short stories – “legends” – twined into one story each issue, with bookends and an interlude written by Simone. In this issue, the stories, “Eyes of a Howling God” and “La Sonja Rossa”, are wrapped into one narrative, which makes for a smooth, unbroken reading experience; you know that there are two stories, but the transition is wonderfully subtle, never jarring, and it flows – just as a legend should, right? Gail Simone’s bookend story, “Legends of Red Sonja”, provide a lovely frame for the stories. There is a group of 12 murderers hunting “The Devil” – Sonja – and one member of the party shares his grudge against the She-Devil.
Gail Simone is doing an amazing job with Red Sonja’s standalone title, and her work iwth “Legends” keeps up the momentum, giving us some characters and origins that I’ll wager we can expect more from in future issues. Nancy A. Collins (“Eyes of a Howling God”) and Devin Grayson (“La Sonja Rossa”) offer solid stories about Sonja, nicely capturing her persona, her confidence, her cockiness, and her skill.
Legends of Red Sonja is a great companion title to Gail Simone’s monthly title, which began Sonja’s story anew when Simone took over. The two series flesh out the character and her legend, giving us insight to the myth with one title and the stories that make her legendary. If you’re a Sonja fan, a sword and sorcery fan, or a fan of the insanely talented writers and artists contributing to this title, it deserves to be on your pull list.
LEGENDS OF RED SONJA #1
Rating: Teen +
Covers: Jay Anacleto
Writer: Gail Simone, Nancy A. Collins, Devin Grayson
Art: Jack Jadson, Noah Salonga, and Carla McNeil
Genre: Sword and Sorcery, Adventure, Superhero
ON SALE DATE: Nov 6, 2013
UPC: 725130209290 00111
Diamond ID: SEP131059