Red Sonja #1

Red Sonja #1

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Walter Geovanni Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: July 17, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 4
8.2Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

THIS IS IT. Red Sonja gets a fresh new attitude by the dream team of writer GAIL SIMONE (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) and artist WALTER GEOVANI (Prophecy, Witchblade), on the book they were born to create. Sonja pays back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect, even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths!

This thrilling new series features covers by the top female artists in the industry, including Nicola Scott, Colleen Doran, Jenny Frison, Fiona Staples, Amanda Conner and more. You do NOT want to miss this re-introduction the She-devil with a Sword!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Kelly Cassidy Jul 18, 2013

    Other covers are from such amazing artists as Fiona Staples, Colleen Doran and Jenny Frison, all of which look fantastic but I could only choose one. There's a number of store exclusive covers as well from the likes of Maria Benes and Nei Ruffino, but those aren't available to me up here as I'm nowhere near those stores. Finally, there are a number of fun covers as well, including ones from Stephanie Buscema (left) as well as Agnes Gabowska. Although these don't necessarily depict Sonja as we would expect to visible see her in the book, they are great art pieces. I truly think that after a few more issues are out, Dynamite could easily commission prints of these covers and they would be snatched up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Feb 12, 2014

    With Walter Geovani's artwork, I can only describe it as breathtaking. He portrays Sonja in her best looks of beauty, but he also tempers the beautiful art with brutal violence of the blood splatter variety. In the pages of this issue, Geovani captures the essence of what Sonja is"A beautiful killer and warrior elite. That mixed in with Simone's well plotted script, and you get this epic tale ready for action. It is a wonderful journey. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Brandon Dingess Jul 16, 2013

    This is an excellent introduction to the character of Red Sonja, an excellent first issue and just an excellent comic book overall. I'm desperate for the next installment and hitherto offer my rapt attention to this new series for as long as the quality stays this high. I tend to worry when I find myself offering too effusive praise for any one thing"surely I must be missing a major flaw"but, In the absence of any arguments otherwise I have to give "Red Sonja" No. 1 five stars. I'll see you next month, Gail. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Midnight Logic - Atlee Greene Jul 22, 2013

    This ongoing series is another great example of why there should be more, and the talents of Gail Simone is the perfect archetype to improve a glaring need. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jul 18, 2013

    Red Sonja 1 is an excellent re-introduction to the character. Gail Simone, Walter Geovani, Adriano Lucas, and Simon Bowland do a magnificent job of taking a much-loved but often mishandled character and giving her a strong, unique voice. The issue is full of action, wit, humor, and heart and I can't wait to see what this team has in store for us next. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jul 22, 2013

    This ongoing series is another great example of why there should be more, and the talents of Gail Simone is the perfect archetype to improve a glaring need. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Jul 23, 2013

    The really wonderful part is that this shows how Simone has taken comic writing back in a way to the old-school where you could put a lot into a comic and not try and spread it out over months and a dozen issues as most publishers are now doing. This is suitably compressed (not too much) story-telling at it's best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jul 23, 2013

    Walter Geovani's art harkens back to John Buscema and there is no greater compliment one can give an artist working in the world of Robert E. Howard. His Sonja is strong, beautiful, and reeks of danger and pent up, coiled aggression. He gets Simone's humor but he also draws thrilling battle sequences worthy of the name Red Sonja. Thanks to the creators involved, Red Sonja will be a pleasure to read every month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Statues And Superheroes - Steven Viscido Aug 5, 2013

    The art by Geovani is good, and the heavy, moody inks help to set the tone of the world. The layouts are interesting, and a few pages are designed quite originally, but Geovani manages to do this without being distracting. It's not as good as Rubi's work, but it was certainly enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Jul 19, 2013

    Red Sonja #1 is a highly accessible re-introduction to a storied character that entertains from beginning to end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jul 17, 2013

    Red Sonja #1 is an excellent entry that proves that the well of ideas behind the franchise has not yet run dry. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Jul 17, 2013

    If you like guys getting stabbed and sassy red heads, buy this book. If you like adventure, scary armies and fashionable horse armor, buy this book. Theres something for everyone here, and in light of Mondays announcement, this title is only just the start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 23, 2013

    A decent first issue that promises Sonja being torn in ways we'venever seen before. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 22, 2013

    So it's a good start to this series. I expected that this would be the only issue of this series I'd be picking up, but Simone's story has me hooked - it has me back in the "Red Sonja fan" category again. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Jul 23, 2013

    While most of what we see is setup and an exploration of the character, leaving the story a bit on the side, this issue nonetheless present us with an interesting world and a character that is definitely more than what she seems. Great art, a good tone and some good action makes this book a winner and a great introduction to just who is Red Sonja. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody Jul 17, 2013

    Gail Simone's Red Sonja lives up to the hype. It's not high octane action, but things are set up wonderfully and we get the starting blows of the battle we know is coming. Simone handles the character well and makes her stronger and more believable than we've seen in more recent tales. Judging from the sales before it ever came out, you're probably reading this. If you're not, you should. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 24, 2013

    What characterises this take is a decent dose of self-deprecating humour, another of Simone's trademarks, and it just makes for a fun adventure with a strong, smart, funny and occasionally hungover hero. Artist Walter Geovani is no stranger to the character, having previously worked with Brian Reed and Eric Stephen Trautmann's respective versions of the character for Dynamite. It's going to be great to get to see him cut loose on some battles in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Jul 16, 2013

    Red Sonja #1 is just what the character needed. Dynamite Comics did the right thing in putting this team together. Gail Simone does such a good job crafting a plot and characterizing Sonja, as well as writing humorous dialogue and big action scenes. The art looks great, and makes the entire comic read like a breeze. Red Sonja fans old and new rejoice! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jul 16, 2013

    Minor quips aside, this is a strong and promising debut. I think Simone knows well enough to avoid some of the more egregious tropes of the female fantasy character. In addition, her skill at combining the brutal with the humorous will go a long way in maintaining the correct tone for Sonja. If Geovani and Lucas can find a better balance between line art and colors, then Red Sonja will quickly find itself an audience hungry for strong fantasy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jul 17, 2013

    This issue has a lot to offer skeptics like me. In fact this comic is completely aware of the audience that is intended for. For cynics, skeptics, castaways, or even lost souls there is a very good approach to the character that deserves some fresh eyes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Feb 15, 2014

    In this issue we get Sonja at her ass-kicking best, while Simone throws in some new protgs to train and an interesting new opportunity that puts her at the head of an army to spice things up. All in all a nice re-introduction to the character and now I've got another series to be keeping an eye out for on a monthly basis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Jul 20, 2013

    It's going to take an issue or two more for me to see if Gail Simone's Red Sonja is any different than what's come before. But I am intrigued by what she's put down and she certainly hit the ground running. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Jul 18, 2013

    New readers, take caution. Whileit's atale that is fairly easy to get into with no prior knowledge, it might not be your cup of tea. While some of the things I perceived as odd might be things that are common in Red Sonja books, it's just too much for this reader. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Sean A. Guynes Jul 15, 2013

    Ill continue to read Simones run on Red Sonja, and I hope to see an improvement in the script as she becomes more familiar with the characters tone and the book itself. If she can bring the emotional depth and quality of writing I experience every time I read Batgirl, then I know Dynamites new Red Sonja will be a book worth putting at the top of the weeks pull-list. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary Jul 18, 2013

    Simone'sRed Sonja still has a few growing pains to go through, but it's also the writer's best work in some time. Her wry tone fits Sonja's world well, and she displayed a really solid grasp of the setting's particular brand of overwrought speechifying. There's a sense of sheerfun that's been missing from a lot of her work lately, andRed Sonja's blend of dark comedy and brutal violence shows that Simone really was the perfect choice for this book. Red Sonja has always been a character I've felt rather distant from, in all her various incarnations. Whatever problems I have with the issue are dwarfed by the simple fact that Simone has found a beating human heart beneath fantasy's toughest heroine. This is a character I want to follow. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jul 19, 2013

    Despite the falter at the end of the issue, Simone and Geovani have still created a comic that serves an excellent introduction to Red Sonja as a character. They both fully understand what makes her impressive and formidable as an action hero yet have already shown that they can make her an interesting and complex character with subtle character-building moments peppered throughout. And props must go, once again, to the fact that at no point does the issue feel the need to show Sonja butt and boobs in the same panel through an impossible pose to keep the reader's intention. It kept with good writing, good art and an interesting character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jul 19, 2013

    Which is not to dismiss the book out of hand. The setup is a good one: a figure from Sonja's past, to whom she owes her life, or at least her freedom, comes to her for help in an hour of dire need, and the redheaded swordmaiden will be forced to contend with insuperable odds to return the favor. Simone's Sonja has the rough haughtiness of a proven warrior, balanced with the flame of indignation when she sees the weak exploited. She's about as convincingly badass and capable as a character can be in her underwear, and Geovani has a nice feel for his setting. It's an intelligent, well-crafted first issue of yet another in the interminable iterations of the Hyborian Age, for those not yet burned out on that. I guess I had sort of built my hopes up for something more revolutionary, which is certainly not Simone and Geovani's problem. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 23, 2013

    This first issue spends much time setting up Sonja's relationship to the king while also hinting on why Red Sonja isn't someone you want to mess with (including a nice sequence where a drunk Sonja teaches some thieves a lesson). The action is a little light and some of the time period lingo seems a bit forced at times, but Simone sells me on her vision of the character (although I'm going to have to wait at least another month to find out if she's sold me on this storyline). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 18, 2013

    "Red Sonja" #1 is a nice start for a new adventure with Gail Simone joining the journey. It establishes the world succinctly, without getting too heavy. Simone has established some history to build around and puts all of the pieces on the table, ready to erupt in violent battle. There is a definite conflict ready to explode with roots in the past and impact for the future as the attacking hordes hold a secret connection to the redheaded warrior woman. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 18, 2013

    Simone's command of female characters is not in question. Her ability to deliver a compelling read month in and month out is never in doubt. However, she is going for more of a long view in this comic and the first issue starts off by simply establishing the first brick in the foundation. It's an entertaining read but we must be patient for the payoff to come down the road. I recommend picking this up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jul 21, 2013

    This comic is enjoyable, but unless you're a big Red Sonja fan, it's not quite enjoyable enough. It's nice that Simone and Geovani present Red Sonja as a badass woman warrior who is equal to any man (her bikini armour notwithstanding), but the fact remains that this comic never really differentiates itself from its ilk or offers a reason to come back for more. Read Full Review

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