I kind of love the two in-jokes that have emerged since Gail Simone’s been writing Red Sonja: the outfit and the lack of lovin’. Once again, Gail Simone takes what everyone really thinks and just puts it right out there.
This issue of Red Sonja sees Sonja on her continuing quest to locate six artisans for a dying king. This time, she’s seeking an audience with Aneva, a legendary courtesan. After getting past the madam/guard dog, Red Sonja finds Aneva and convinces her to join Sonja on her quest. From there, we get some great dialogue and character introspection, on both Sonja and Aneva’s parts. We also get a look at a scenario that made me laugh out loud – you know, up until the introspection and feelings caught up with me.
Another great issue from Gail Simone and Walter Geovani, with a beautiful cover by Jenny Frison. The alternate cover by Stephanie Hans is breathtaking – I have to track this one down.
This issue of Red Sonja resonated with me, and I’m pretty sure it had to do with the parallels between Sonja and Aneva, and a glimpse at a life never lived – stolen, actually. Pick this one up if you don’t already have it on your pull list (and if you don’t, for heaven’s sake, WHY?). 5 out of 5.
RED SONJA #9
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Walter Geovani
Cover: Jenny Frison
Alternate Cover: Stephanie Han
On Sale: May 7, 2014
Diamond ID: JAN141107