What? Red Sonja’s retired? No, you haven’t slept through a bunch of issues; the latest Red Sonja miniseries, Vulture’s Circle, takes a look at a Red Sonja further down the timeline, now running a school for young women, where she teaches battle skills to girls with raw talent and a desire to change the world.
But don’t get me wrong, this is ALL Red Sonja’s story, and it ain’t about her being a schoolmarm. Nancy Collins and Luke Lieberman (who’s written his share of Red Sonja stories, including Red Sonja vs. Thulsa Doom) writing this story, so trust and believe there is battle, gore, and awakening evil aplenty.
You see, we’ve got another crazy black magic user, who brings a demon into the world – and he makes the critical error of blundering into Red Sonja and a couple of her students on their market day. AND he makes the mistake of calling her “old”.
It’s a different Sonja we see here – she’s older, but still vulnerable, haunted by memories, but content in her surroundings. Seeing her with streaks of grey in her trademark red hair, with a shirt and breeches and not her trademark chain-mail sets the tone for a new Sonja in this miniseries. Because Red Sonja I never just about the main storyline – it’s about Sonja, coping with the horrors of her past, the vulnerabilities that she tries to cover up, but that make her even more heroic, and the determination to save innocents from horror. I’m looking forward to seeing how a more mature Sonja not only handles herself in the upcoming series, but how she shepherds her charges.
Grab this issue – it hits stands today. And take a look at some of the storyline, below.
RED SONJA: VULTURE’S CIRCLE
Writers: Nancy A. Collins, Luke Lieberman
Artist: Fritz Casas
Cover Artists: Walter Geovani, Alex Guimãres, Jay Anacleto, Ivan Nunes
On-Sale: January 7, 2014
Diamond ID: NOV141230