Red Sonja #1

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Mirko Colak Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: February 6, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 8
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No man knows the place of her birth, nor where she learned to wield a sword to shame many a male. They know only that she is called The She-Devil of The Hyrkanian Steppes. That, and RED SONJA. MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan) bring a savage tale of metal and blood. A world conqueror possesses a massive army and a fatal prophecy. A bastard sorceress craves revenge. And a fearsome red-haired warrior is made wartime ruler of a homeland set for decimation.

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 6, 2019

    There are those who will turn up their nose at this book because of its use of comedy or because it dares to depict Red Sonja in something other than her traditional costume. Let them. Comicsgate may not approve of it, but Mark Russell and Mirko Colak have delivered a Red Sonja that can be enjoyed by people who read comics rather than wanking over cover art. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Feb 4, 2019

    This issue delivers precisely what fans want from a Red Sonja story, told with a singular voice and tone that is a welcome departure from the usual sword and sorcery formula. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 9, 2019

    A great first issue for the new direction of this iconic character. The premise is good and the action superb, though the humor is a little too modern at times. I love the visuals, with the characters and battles excellent, the colors spot on, and the lettering increasing every emotion and action. This is a Sonja I'll follow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Feb 6, 2019

    Red Sonja #1 was a book was entered into with cautious optimism. The pedigree of the creative team is certainly strong enough to give this first issue a try. Those willing to take the leap will come away enamored and desperately looking for more. Those that pass up Red Sonja will simply be missing out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 6, 2019

    The art by Mirko Colak is very good. The backgrounds are beautifully detailed and the characters are nicely done. It will be interesting to see if Colak has more to express visually in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 6, 2019

    Red Sonja is the kind of property that comes around from time to time that I get into as something clicks with the creative team. Mark Russell has a straightforward story set here but the trappings are spot on and the way the dialogue works with that edge of weird whimsy to it is just delightful. I like the way Sonja ends up in the position that she does and how she's going to handle it going forward " and Hyrkania itself. Mirko Colak give this a fantastic sense of being a really lived-in raw and rough world while also delivering up some fantastic character designs. The flow is strong and it was an book that had me from the first panel to the last and wanting to see a whole lot more, both of what's to come and things happening in between the panels we do get here. Very recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Thomas Hulett Feb 21, 2019

    Russell and Colak have delivered one for the fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 6, 2019

    As mentioned above, I loved the last series of Red Sonja, and whilst this return to a more traditional setting my please many, I for one am disappointed. However, if traditional is what the powers that be at Dynamite are looking for, they would be hard pressed to find creators of this calibre to achieve that particular goal. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Feb 8, 2019

    Sonja without her bikini is like Batman without a cowl. It isn't impossible but it just feels off. Otherwise,Red Sonja #1is a great introduction to the character and offers an easy entry point for new readers jump into while older readers can still enjoy this new story that pays homage to Sonja's past. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Patrick Cavanaugh Feb 6, 2019

    This new series is off to a strong start, delivering not only hand-to-hand combat to appease the action-orientated readers, but also the promise of more strategic warfare, in addition to Sonja herself acting like a total badass. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Feb 6, 2019

    Coupled to Russell’s fantastic script is illustrator Colak’s excellent pencils that do a magnificent job of portraying some quiet moments equally as well as the several fight scenes peppered throughout the issue. Kelly’s colours make Colak’s art pop off the page and really make it a fun read. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Feb 7, 2019

    "Red Sonja" #1 is a unique, intriguing take on the character that sets up an endearing antagonist. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Feb 7, 2019

    RED SONJA #1 is a well-plotted, well-written and well-illustrated issue that does proud to its legacy. Pick your copy up today and enjoy the bloodshed. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - John Jack Feb 6, 2019

    A decent start if you like sword and sorcery tales and (maybe?) strong females. A bit too early to tell on that second one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 13, 2019

    I'm not sure how long I'll stay with this new volume, but Red Sonja #1 offers a solid opening for fans. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Feb 1, 2019

    Red Sonja's new start doesn't feel much like a Red Sonja book. It is full of political intrigue and high stakes, but the titular character is mostly missing here. Still, there are a few moments in here that may be iconic later, and this debut could be setting up something big. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Feb 6, 2019

    Red Sonja will always remain a firm favourite of mine, and Im always eager to see new titles in the series. Whilst this issue certainly has its flaws, its a good start and I think, if youre a Red Sonja fan, this is going to be a series thats well worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nick Feb 11, 2019

    REALLY strong first issue, it did everything a setup issue should. Fantastic art that's less cartoonish than we've seen in the main 'Red Sonja' title for years, and a gloomy story infused with moments of humour; without those, the comic would have a really dark and relentless atmosphere. There are strong historical influences ... the Turkish Empire's abduction of Vlad Tepes' as a child and raising him at court really sprang to mind. Sonja gets a chance to strut her stuff but is already showing signs of being very different from previous writers' version of the She-Devil in a number of ways. Nevertheless, crucially this remains true to the essence of the classic character, unlike Gail Simone, who wrote Sonja as a female Conan.

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  • 8.5
    GTMedia Reviews Oct 8, 2019

    I'm a huge fan of Mark Russell and remember picking this up around the time that The Lone Ranger also from Dynamite ended. I'm not sure why it takes n me so long to review this comic.

    I've never actually read or purchased a Red Sonja book, but I do recognize her as a Conan The Barbarian spinoff. This issue is a nice and simple introduction to the character. Enough insight into the character is provided over the course of the issue. The reader won't be lost at all. Sonja is a badass redhead warrior that seems to be just as capable as the men of this setting.

    The comic is straight forward with Russell's trademark wit and irony matching well with the action. It's not the deepest of stories. The Emperor Dragan The more

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Mar 28, 2019

    Red Sonja is an odd fit for Mark Russell, but he's long demonstrated a knack for writing unexpectedly good things. There is some pretty great dialogue from the douchebag tyrant, though I'm still not a big Red Sonja fan or anything.

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