Red Sonja #4 - A continuation of origin, and a build-up to a huge battle. ~ What'cha Reading?

Red Sonja #4 – A continuation of origin, and a build-up to a huge battle.


When Red Sonja left off last month, it wasn’t looking good for Sonja, who was sick with the plague and alone in the woods. I didn’t really think Dynamite would bring the new book to an end after 3 issues, but still – nerve-wracking!


This issue pushes the envelope just a bit further, delving still deeper into Sonja’s origin; this time, her more recent period as a slave, forced to fight for her life in an arena. We also get a glimpse into her relationship with Annisia, her fellow prisoner and “sister”; the one who taught her to fight, and the one who has led an enemy army to the people Red Sonja promised to protect. There’s a bit of flashback and a build-up to what promises to be a great battle – to tell any more would be giving away too much, but suffice to say, this issue is unputdownable.

Yes, I know I’m a Simone fangirl – like that’s a bad thing? – but her writing is just that good. I love her Sonja – she’s got depth, she broods about the events that led her to a place in the woods where she’s trying to dig her own grave, and then – just like that – she wants to get drunk and sleep it off. She forms complex relationships between her heroine and her antagonist, and she gives both Sonja and Annisia back-up characters that are memorable in their own rights.

I thoroughly enjoy Walter Geovani’s art, too. He’s got great perspective, whether he’s giving us a towering Annisia on horseback or a blind, clearly irritated Sonja, lashing out at enemies crazy enough to think they can fall upon her and her party (note: if someone known as “The Devil” wants to die in peace, let her do it).

I love where this next issue is going, I just can’t wait for it to get there. 4/5!

Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Walter Geovani
Cover Artist: Jenny Frison
Price $3.99
Publisher: Dynamite
Pub Date: Oct. 9, 2013
Diamond ID: AUG131171

About Author

Rosemary Kiladitis is a children’s librarian, a mom, and a proud fangirl/nerdgirl. She did her homework while watching reruns of the 1966 Batman series, which led to her longstanding relationship with the Bat, and she’s pretty sure that Barbara Gordon is the real reason she went to library school. She loves superheroes, supervillains, and is secretly married to Hellboy. Or Loki. She can’t remember, but it’s one of them. Roe blogs about children’s and teen books at, and you can read her 140 character ramblings on twitter @RoeSolo.

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