Red Sonja has not had an easy time of it lately – she’s been smacked around by her former sister-in-arms, she’s almost died of plague, and she’s had to fight far too many idiots that think they can defeat her. Now, she’s back in a pit, forced to fight her sister, Annisia, just like the good old days. Understandably, she’s a bit pissed off, especially when someone from her past reveals himself as the one who’s been holding the strings the whole time.
Trying to keep this review spoiler-free is tough, but I’ll do my best. This issue of Red Sonja is the final issue in the Queen of Plagues storyline, which has so far given readers a solid mix of origin story and current adventure, with some beautiful intersections of the two. It all comes full circle here, with revelations that rock Annisia’s world and that spur Sonja into deadly action (seriously, is that a surprise?) – but against who?
This has been such a great storyline – the story itself, the background, the dialogue, and character relationships make this book a joy to read. I love some of the secondary characters that have developed in this book, particularly Annisia, who isn’t your run-of-the-mill Big Bad, and Nias and Ayla, Sonja’s two “bodyguards” who come a long way in just 6 issues.
Walter Geovani’s art is great, as always. The man can draw conflict; I love his battle scenes. He has an amazing page in this issue, where Annisia’s demons catch up with her, that is absolutely breathtaking. It’s the kind of piece I hope to put on my wall one of these days.
If you haven’t checked out Red Sonja yet, this issue may confuse you – but don’t let that stop you from picking up back issues! Gail Simone is doing an amazing job with this book – you will be glad you checked it out.
Red Sonja #6
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Walter Geovani
Cover Artist: Jenny Frison
Release Date: December 18, 2014
Diamond ID: OCT131045