Red Sonja 1 (July 2013)

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Thank goodness Dynamite hired Gail Simone to write Red Sonja. She does such a wonderful job bringing the female perspective to the character. The result is a surprisingly deep, subtle story, full of great characterization.

Oh, wait, no. It’s a piece of crap.

I think the worst part has to be how Sonja talks to her two female bodyguards. They’re young and inexperienced archers; the Plague hit Hyperboria early apparently, so they’re the best the king has to offer.

I’m not sure what I was expecting out of Simone, but it sure wasn’t Sonja bossing them around. I guess Simone’s showing Sonja can be just as big of a jerk as a guy? There’s nothing new here, nothing any other writer couldn’t do or probably hasn’t already done.

As the only well-known working female comic book writer, Simone should be a lot more ambitious with female characters.

Sonja stinks.

CREDITS

Writer, Gail Simone; artist, Walter Geovani; colorist, Adriano Lucas; letterer, Simon Bowland; editor, Joseph Rybandt; publisher, Dynamite Entertainment.

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