Review: “Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues” by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani

"Red Sonja, Queen of Plagues" by Gail Simone by Walter GeovanniA review by Courtney.

Red Sonja is a title that I was reluctant to read for a while because of the level of violence I was expecting. I finally decided to read it based on the author alone. Gail Simone is one of my favorite comic book authors and at this point I will follow her anywhere she chooses to write; that was how I found myself with this volume in my hands.

Red Sonja is known as the “She Devil with a Sword” and you quickly learn why as the book progresses. I was expecting a certain amount of violence and that was definitely there, however there were also layered back stories which helped explain Red Sonja is the way she is. The story line with Dark Annisia is particularly intriguing as their relationship is complicated and multifaceted. Dark Annisia is a friend, enemy, and more to Red Sonja; she is also possibly one of the only people capable of actually besting the She Devil with the Sword.  It is incredibly rare to see such a dynamic relationship between two female characters in a comic book with both characters being so strong. Red Sonja battles for her life and kingdom, sometimes with Dark Annisia by her side and sometimes against her, throughout volume one.
The art in this book is amazing, however it is racy and it can be bloody and violent. If severed heads make you squeamish, this may not be the book for you. There are also times when some of the characters do not wear a lot of clothes, but I honestly thought that the story itself made up for that. For me, Red Sonja  became another fantastic fiery red-headed heroine for me to look up to. I can’t wait to pick up volume two.

 

My rating: 4.5/5 stars.

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