Red Sonja #2

Red Sonja #2

Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Aneke Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: February 17, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 3
7.7Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

As her people turn warlike and become more vicious than even their enemies, Red Sonja battles to save Hyrkania from its own army. Racing to the throne, with a price on her head, Sonja finds herself entangled in the charms and wiles of a mysterious and beautiful performer... and when the face of the King is revealed at last, Sonja is captured in intrigues more deadly than any she has known!

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Feb 17, 2016

    Red Sonja, Vol. 3 #2 (that's a mouthful) is another solid issue under this new creative team. Everything you love about the Devil with a Sword remains, but new and unexpected corners of her world are plumbed, adding to the already rich story and setting. If you're a Sword & Sorcery fan, you should be reading this. Dr. Josh gives this an" Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper Feb 13, 2016

    Marguerite Bennett is great at building up a story. There is also a pattern to her work. This issue portrayed Sonja better than the last one. Not because of Sonja's identity crisis, but because of the way she leaps into action. Aneke's art is always good to see. That Cheshire cat grin comes up again on another character, and its pretty funny and creepy. I am glad that Aneke can portray such emotion on the faces of these characters. The page during the theater brawl was jumbled, but it had a lot of dynamic panels. I have to applaud Marguerite Sauvage on her beautiful covers. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Feb 21, 2016

    Red Sonja continues to be a book full of engaging narritive and visceral action with gorgeous art and a wicked sense of humour! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Feb 17, 2016

    I had doubts about this book, when Gail Simone left. I am happy to see both Bennett and Aneke have allayed my doubts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Feb 18, 2016

    InRed Sonja#2, Marguerite Bennett continues to explore various political themes that she layers intothe story of Red Sonja trying to adapt to a more complicated Hyrkania after a long absence. However, she, Aneke, and colorist Jorge Sutil, who heavily emphasizes red in his palette from the blood spurting from the Black Talons to the tomatoes thrown at Sonja and Midyan on stage, don't skimp on action capturing the She Devil with a Sword at her fiercest in the early parts of the issue. And the twist at the end creates more obstacles for Red Sonja's difficult task of freeing Hyrkania, who doesn't really want to be freed, but laugh at crude racial caricatures and then kill the people the comedies were mocking. Shades of empires from the Athenian to American can be seen in the pages where the content of the plays are described and put on. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Feb 16, 2016

    While artist Aneke's work is undoubtedly beautiful, with expressive characters and impressive panel layouts aplenty, her style doesn't necessarily transfer all that well to the action sequences, with a slight awkwardness to the posing and a sanitised, oddly disconnected feel to the combat. There also seems to be a worrying uniformity to her character's faces, with almost every female character we encounter here looking like the same woman in a different wig. That said, there are some truly stunning pages to be found here, and her un-objectified and utterly ass-kicking depiction of Sonja herself is definitely a thing of beauty. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 13, 2016

    This relaunch is not going smoothly. The story lacks tension and the visuals are not strong. I love Red Sonja, but, so far, not this Red Sonja. This is quite a shocking issue, given Dynamite's previous Sonja titles. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Feb 19, 2016

    Red Sonja #2 struggles out of the gate, finds its legs a little bit in the second sequence, and opens up a number of different story paths in the third sequence. The opening action sequence was confusing and it was hard to follow exactly was happening. Luckily, Aneke corrects this problem in the next action sequence and makes it easy to follow. The dialogue can still be a little choppy and overdramatic, but it gets the job done. The book had a number of mistakes, but the story did have some promising moments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 Feb 25, 2016

    I really liked this issue, and I loved how the first issue and Sonja’s boytoy comes back in a pretty meaningful way in this issue, though I probably could have waited a bit longer for that big payoff/reveal. I love the artwork, and Sonja’s voice in this book is really solid. I wasn’t exactly sure about the whole character redesign in this issue, because I felt like her new look got a bit muddled in some scenes. Beyond that it was a really interesting story, with some good flashbacks to Sonja and the Shakespearean farce play was a nice moment, and allowed for some rather dynamic page layouts and some cool action sequences. The “bad guy” of this issue General Taerga felt a bit hollow, but hopefully she comes back with some good characterization in the rest of this arc, and really works had to drive Red Sonja on to some pretty angry, stinky and violent action! While I started out reading Red Sonja because of Gail Simone’s writing and Jenny Frison’s AMAZING covers, I stuck around because the character is really interesting and has a lot of depth beyond just being a bloodspattered barbarian woman in a chainmail bikini. This series seems to be taking Sonja in new directions, and I really like where it is going…

  • 9.5
    metalhead May 4, 2016

  • 8.0
    SwampyCA Apr 3, 2016

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