Red Sonja #3

Red Sonja #3

Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Walter Geovanni Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 3
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Completely isolated and near the brink of death, Red Sonja reflects on her lifetime of blood and pain, where she questions even her right to survive. But even in these last moments of life, enemies from her past return to make sure her death is not a peaceful one!

  • 10
    Statues And Superheroes - Steven Viscido Sep 15, 2013

    The only (minor) complaint I have with this entire issue is the final panel, where the girls shout that Red Sonja is dead.  Come on, now. This is a new series, and so far its sales are a hit for Dynamite.  This is really a false cliffhanger -- every reader knows that Sonja can't be dead, so it's not really very suspenseful.  However, that is really a minor issue.  The art by Geovani and story by Simone are otherwise absolutely fantastic, and make this one of the best Red Sonja stories I have ever read.  And that's saying something, since I very much liked the work of Oeming and Rubi on the last series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Sep 10, 2013

    Under Gail Simone, Red Sonja is a title that just keeps picking up speed. It keeps adding layers to a character that is too often portrayed as one-dimensional and veers off in unexpected directions. The character work is top-notch, the plot exciting, and the action expertly depicted by Geovani. It's a great title and the best that Dynamite is putting on the stands. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Sep 11, 2013

    This would be a great one-shot, but it being part of Simone's larger story makes it even better. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 12, 2013

    In short, this was a fan-frikkin-tastic issue and I'm really happy with how Gail has been presenting the series in its entirety. She has continued to challenge my perceptions of Sonja and I've been continually impressed with what she's been doing, and all the artists that she has brought together. I'm really looking forward to her Legends of Red Sonja anthology mini-series, which will be celebrating 40-years of Red Sonja. Fun times! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 1, 2013

    This is the Sonja I want and need. A fighter on the brink of death reflecting on what brought her to her current state. A must read for Sonja fans, old and new. This is what I've been waiting for! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 13, 2013

    If you've ever been curious about Red Sonja, this is the series to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Sep 13, 2013

    With an exploration of the things that have shaped her reflecting directly on events of the most recent two issues, we're given a beautifully rendered story that touches on what makes Red Sonja worthwhile: she's compassionate, complex, mysterious, clever, talented, deadly, vulnerable, dangerous and impossibly interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Kelly Cassidy Sep 13, 2013

    Once again, a fantastic read for me. I wouldn't give it 5 stars because of the reasons I mention above but it's really up there. I picked up the first issue because it was on the shelf, and I am not sorry I did. The series continues to keep up to that level of great storytelling and so long as they keep this up I will be along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Sep 11, 2013

    Red Sonja #3 is an emotionally charged entry that has a somewhat cheap cliffhanger, nonetheless it comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Sep 11, 2013

    A new, more empowering take on a classic tale, Red Sonja #3 continues to deliver a vital, three-dimensional version of one of comics most classic heroines. Like Palmiotti and Gray did for me with All-Star Western, Simone has managed to capture my attention on a genre book I could scarcely have imagined buying, much less enjoying, prior to this point. A standout book for Dynamites sometimes overwhelming pulp hero line, Red Sonja is highly recommended for those seeking out new, smartly written adventures that will hopefully capture your imagination as much as it has mine. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - tonelli Sep 13, 2013

    With Red Sonja #3, Simone and Geovani continue to breathe new life into the classic character. It's a thrilling adventure, though not without it's heart, and one that everyone should be taking. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 16, 2013

    When it is all said and done, Gail Simone's Red Sonja will be one of the standout books of 2013.  She brings heart to a character that performs her craft with sheer brutality while telling a phenomenal story in the process. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 18, 2013

    The bloodiest issue of the new series yet, Simone succeeds in giving both new and old fans of the character a look at the crucible of fire which formed her and sent Red Sonja into the world alone seeking something she has forever lost and left buried deep in her past. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Sep 11, 2013

    RED SONJA gains a layer of context by diving into Sonja's past, but retains its signature action-packed style in its glimpses of the heroine's childhood. Like many origin stories, Sonja's is riddled with tragedy, conflict, and perseverance, and we get to see how a violent childhood trauma sculpted her into the warrior she is today. Knowing where things are (presuming that the ending is, in fact, a rescue from death), and where they've been, I'm keen to keep reading this series, and learning more about how Sonja grows. And if she's dead? Zombie Red Sonja wouldn't be a terrible read... Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Sep 14, 2013

    Where the book shine a bit less would be the colorization, which is done by Adriano Lucas. It is not bad by any mean, as the lighting and some of the environment are especially nice-looking, yet there is a severe lack of diversity in most pages, as brown, white, grey and perhaps a touch of red are the primary colors the readers get to see in a good number of pages. While there are some pages that do try to give some different colors, those used there are different, yet comes with the same problem as it never really pops up. It does its job at depicting a cruel world and a tale that is supposed to be rather sad and brutal, yet it diminishes the effect of the art a bit in result. While the origin of Sonja isn't the most original one created, it is still told in a brutal and competent way, thanks to a focus on Red Sonja and her philosophy, the brutal but honest description of violence and the strong work by Walter Geovani. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 11, 2013

    Simone shows us the father I never knew Sonja had, which is interesting and potentially huge in making Sonja that much more human and relatable. I just didn't buy the flashback we were sold. It is interesting to see her loving and peaceful father and how losing him changed her life forever, but it's all done in a rather predictable and uninteresting way. The art however, always looks nice and keeps you invested in the story. This is a case where my expectations for the story might have run ahead of me and when looked at as a story with pacing and progression it succeeds. Read Full Review

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