Red Sonja #79 hits shelves tomorrow; we’re two issues away from Gail Simone’s tenure on the issue, and as excited as I am about this, Brandon Jerwa is making is damned hard to say goodbye. The Crimson Well storyline is downright addictive reading; I want to scream, “NO!” at the end of every issue, yet I want the story to go on forever because it’s so good. That’s the mark of a good comic and a good story.
Sonja disappeared for a length of time, and returned… different. People are out to get her, and she’s not altogether sure what’s happened to her. She knows she’s changed, and she knows she’s got a thirst that needs to be slaked. After last issue’s throwdown with Dracula himself, all bets are off. She’s in full battle lust, until she finds herself in the Palace of Mages, where she begins recovering her memory – and she’s not happy about what comes back to her. Can she be redeemed? Even more important, can she get revenge?
Jerwa is giving us everything he’s got in these last few issues of Red Sonja, and I couldn’t be more grateful. This is a seamless follow-up to the Prophecy miniseries, and sword and sorcery fantasy at its best. Sonja struggles with her own nature, at constant war with the beast within her, and we finally see that her own faith falters. It’s a very human moment for a superheroine.
Red Sonja #79 is on shelves tomorrow. Make sure it’s in your pull file.
RED SONJA #79
Writer: Brandon Jerwa
Artist: Sergio Fernandez Davila
Cover Artist: Lucio Parrillo
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Diamond ID: MAR131091