For anyone who hasn’t yet read Dynamite’s Prophecy Crossover – it’s out in trade paperback, and you should give yourself the luxury of reading it. This is a spoiler-free review, though, so read without fear.
After the events of the Prophecy crossover, Red Sonja has gone missing. No one knows where she’s been, but when she reappears on the scene, she’s being hunted, and there are rumors flying about what’s happened to her. Sonja’s own memory seems to be compromised saying her recollections are “shrouded in mist”.
I can’t give too much background here, to avoid spoilers, but this issue – Part 1 of the 5-part Crimson Well series – begins the last Red Sonja storyline before the book relaunches with Gail Simone taking on writing duties. Brandon Jerwa has writing duties on Red Sonja; Crimson Well, and he wastes no time throwing Sonja – and us – into action. If you’ve ready Prophecy and know what’s going on, fantastic. If not, and you either have a basic idea of what’s going on or don’t mind having things revealed as you read on, that’s great, too – Jerwa’s writing draws you right in, with enough teasing to keep you on your toes until the next issue, while at the same time, leaving you satisfied with a well set-up story.
Artist Sergio Fernandez Davila’s art is a great accompaniment to Jerwa’s story. He keeps great pace with the dialogue and the action, and I love his backgrounds. Lucio Parrillo’s got the cover duty, with good reason – his fantasy art appears to be heavily influenced by Boris Vallejo, who’s one of my favorites, and it’s perfect for Red Sonja.
Red Sonja is quickly becoming one of my favorite books these days; I love the character, I love how she’s written, and I enjoy the sword and sorcery fantasy art. While I’m counting down the days until Gail Simone takes over the book, the current storylines have sucked me in and kept me reading, giving me a background on a character I grew up kind of knowing, but not really (thanks, Brigitte Nielsen. Yeesh.) She’s a woman on a mission, and she does not have time for your shenanigans, dammit; now, get out of the way, or she will run you through.
This is not my Red Sonja.
Treat yourself to Prophecy, and then add Red Sonja to your pull list. Because it’s great now, and it’s only going to get better in the issues to come, as more of the Prophecy fallout is revealed. I know I’m excited!
Red Sonja #76
Writer: Jerwa, Brandon
Artist: Jadson, Jack
Cover Artist: Parrillo, Lucio
Diamond Id: NOV121121
On Sale: May 29, 2013