Red Sonja #1

Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Aneke Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: January 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 4
7.9Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Through the plains of Hyrkania, a message sweeps through the scattered peoples of the nation. Bells ring, horns blow, voices shout - the King is dying! Red Sonja rides to save the King from his doom as the powers of Hyboria crowd around to strike when the kingdom is weakest. But a dread new power rises from within Hyrkania's own borders, bent on defending its homeland - no matter the cost, no matter what its people become. A defining chapter of the Red Sonja saga - dark, clever, vicious, and funny - as the She-Devil with a Sword must stop the rise of a brutal new regime... her own people!

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 14, 2016

    So rest easy, Red Sonja fans. The She-Devil's garb may have changed, but the foul-mouthed, ginger-haired Curse of Hyrkania is alive and well. Long may her legends be told! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Jan 13, 2016

    The story and art in this new Red Sonja #1 left me impressed. So impressed that I can't wait for the next issue to come out. I will be adding this to my monthly reads to keep an eye on Marguerite Bennett and Aneke as they continue this story. Here's hoping they keep things interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Slackjaw Punks - Duff Jan 15, 2016

    High marks for Bennett and Aneke, their work is lushish and captivating. The She-Devil is back and you just take heed"buy this book! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 12, 2016

    Red Sonja has always been a fan favorite but with this new volume, I predict a massive, and well-deserved, surge in the She-Devil's fanbase. Marguerite Bennett, Aneke and Jorge Sutil may be taking a less action-oriented course, but their character-first approach to this first story as well as the knowledge that Sonja's sword doesn't stay sheathed very long makes me think that this new series is going to get very big very quickly. Plus with Bennett's new layered take on Sonja herself, all signs point to Red Sonja continuing Dynamite's sword-and-sandal hot streak in grand fashion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Jan 24, 2016

    Dynamite is off to a great start with this first issue. We have a nice set up of things to come, and we have a glimpse of how badly things can change with one simple choice made by our heroine. Red Sonja is back, and by Crom, it is time to rejoice. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Jan 14, 2016

    Red Sonja#1 an exciting and blissful read with pleasures for the conoisseur of sexy men and women, fantasy nerd, art appreciator, and history scholar in you. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 13, 2016

    Whether you're a long-time fan of red Sonja or a complete newbie, this relaunched series has something to offer. It takes a more lighthearted approach to the character while also delivering a poignant look at her character and her many regrets. Sure, this issue doesn't boast the most epic conflict ever witnessed in a sword-and-sandals comic, but there's plenty of time for that element to come into play. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jan 26, 2016

    Although Red Sonja volume 3, issue 1 suffers a bit from first-issue syndrome and an unclear flashback/dream sequence, it still comes out of the gate, swinging. Bennett gets the character right and sets up an interesting antagonist for her, and Aneke, Sutil, and Schwartz do an excellent job of bringing the story to life. Now that the first issue is out of the way, I expect the second to be stronger. Dr. Josh gives this a". Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jan 14, 2016

    Maybe going into this new volume there was some skepticismwho really likes change, after all?but by the end of it, its as if everything is how it should be. Forget the change, its insignificant. Bennett, Aneke and company potentially have something really cool here. Following it and seeing where she takes the She-Devil is no doubt going to be something youre not going to want to miss. If you liked previous runs, or even have never read aRed Sonjacomic, there is no better time than now to pick of a Red Sonja comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jan 12, 2016

    Red Sonja #1 gives us a bold new take on the iconic character, as the She-Devil with a Sword is put on a rather different path. This is all handled with great care and deliberation, as the creative team give us a deep look into the character behind the warrior, leaving plenty to speculate as we await the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Jan 13, 2016

    It's anyone's guess where the series will go next as Sonja confronts the new regime that's taken over her homeland, but this is a really obvious buy. Putting women, and these ones in particular, in control of Red Sonja is the best thing that's happened to the character since Wendy Pini first cosplayed her. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jan 18, 2016

    At its core, Bennett's story in Red Sonja #1 is about finding your place in an ever changing world. The plot is fairly straightforward: the King of Hyrkania is dying, and in his dying breath he asks Red Sonja to take his place. When she refuses, she must accept the consequences as the new regime takes place. Like with any good story, not all is as it seems. The fact that the plot of this issue can be boiled down to a few sentences shows how accessible Bennet's story is and how much potential it has. Readers aren't going to be scrambling to try and understand what's going on, so Bennett focuses on the most important aspect of the story: the characters. What comes from that decision is a heartfelt tale that, by the end of it, you're absolutely going to want to find out what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Jan 15, 2016

    Though there's little use of swords (and even less of sorcery) in this issue, Bennett applies most of the book's pages to reintroducing us to Sonja herself, and her thoughtful, almost nostalgic journey through her homeland. The action will obviously pick up in later issues, as it certainly begins towards the end of this one, but theimportant matter is we have a firmly established, sympathetic and multi-faceted female lead to bring us there. Red Sonja #1 is a wonderful introduction to the character, whether you're hopping on for the first issue, or have been following Sonja's exploits for the decade Dynamite has been publishing them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Jan 24, 2016

    The only thing that I feel holding this issue back is that it is a first issue so a fair bit of time is spent developing the plot, and, when dealing with a action driven character like Red Sonja, this isn't always ideal. However, I am pretty optimistic about where these two will take the character. Even though first issues do generally move slowly, what this issue lacks in kick-butt action is made up for in potential. I'm certainly optimistic about where they will go with the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Jan 11, 2016

    Dynamite Comics explodes onto the scene with a great issue that ushers in a brand new Red Sonja for the New Year. It will be interesting to see what lies in store for Red Sonja and the homeland of Hyrkania especially when its own people are the major threat! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Project-Nerd - Joe Pryde Jan 18, 2016

    Dynamite publishing has brought one of pop culture's favorite risqu, and brutal heroines into a familiar landscape with a new look. The first issue provided us with an in-depth look into Sonja's psyche, an underlying mystery, and enough action to keep any Red Sonja fans interested. However, going forward the series has to be careful and not exclude new readers. The first issue is a great jumping on point for newbies, but the following issues have to take Red Sonja in a fresh direction. Time will only tell if Red Sonja can follow in other heroine's footsteps with drawing in new readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Jan 13, 2016

    Overall, this isa nice, if a tad sedate, way tostart the newvolume off. In Bennett,Dynamite have a writer that is capable of writing amix of tones throughout the book, which should in turn,lead toa more well-rounded version of this iconic character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jan 18, 2016

    In sum, "Red Sonja" #1 is a lovely kick-off to volume #3. Bennett and Aneke have differentiated themselves from previous runs while keeping true to the spirit of the character, and they've dropped enough hints and clues to keep me curious for issue #2. "Red Sonja" fans have nothing to worry about. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Christopher Napier Jan 12, 2016

    All in all, this isnt exactly reinventing the wheel, but the archetypical fantasy heroine is undoubtedly in good form. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Jan 14, 2016

    Red Sonja #1 is a rough start to the new chapter being helmed by Marguerite Bennett and Aneke. The dialogue doesn't match the artwork in the beginning, and then continues to create awkward moments for Red Sonja that don't seem to fit her character. The artwork for the most part is good, but it too has some flaws with awkward sword positions and some confusing action panels that leave you scratching your head trying to figure out what happened. You are better off passing on this one because you might end up like Sonja and be utterly bored. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 Jan 20, 2016

    As I have said earlier in this podcast (and like a million times before that) I LOVE Gail Simone. I loved her run on Red Sonja- it was really my first consistent foray into the character, so I dove in headfirst and went way back. I now have a bunch of classic Marvel Sonja books, and even a battered copy of her first cover appearance. So being that Gail and her stinky Sonja were my whole reason for getting into the character, when she got off it, I knew it would mean there were big shoes to fill for whoever came next. The hurdle was high, and the obstacles were many- but Marguerite Bennett and Aneke created a book that is almost as different from that stinky Sonja than Gail’s version of the She-Devil was from what my preconceived notions of the character were before her first issue released. The art on this book is great. Im not sure how to pronounce Aneke- but I am sure that we will be learning (his/her) name before long, because this book is phenomenal. I love Marguerite’s writing on this book, it has a similarity in the Sonja character, but she takes it in her own direction. I loved the fantasy sequence page where Sonja actually thinks about herself being queen. It was a great humorous moment that paid off in spades without use of a goofy punchline that would have felt out of place in this story. I liked where the book took our intrepid redheaded and hotheaded mercenary- and I have very high hopes for the future. I definitely miss Gail writing the She-Devil with a sword, and a need to fill her bedroll with a new warm body nightly, but this book definitely has warmed the cold bedroll of my heart, and I am thinking there will be big things on the horizon for this newly revamped looking Red Sonja, and her new creative team. Check this book out, it is definitely worth your time!

  • 4.5
    Nightmare of Solomon Jan 17, 2016

    What the standard questionable art and coloring Dynamite is known for couldn't do, during the Oeming run and all the way to the really good Gail Simone run, Marguerite Bennett could and that is to swear off reading Red Sonja. The writing was just so terrible overall.

  • 8.5
    SwampyCA Apr 3, 2016

  • 8.5
    metalhead May 4, 2016

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