Review: Gail Simone’s Red Sonja #4
Red Sonja is just inches from death, when voices from the past call her away from digging her own grave, to fight possibly the last battle of her life, against the woman who taught her everything she knows about combat!
Red Sonja found her way at death’s door last month, but she didn’t step through just yet. This month her struggle for her very life continues in the pages of Red Sonja #4 written by Gail Simone. Walter Geovani provides art with Adriano Lucas handling colors and Simon Bowland tackling lettering. After losing a battle and nearly her life, does Sonja find her will to fight again?
The story opens with Dark Annisia and her soldiers guarding the fallen city. The king is dead and the people are sealed inside to keep the plague from spreading. When one hungry farmer jumps the fence to help his family, Dark Annisia must decide what to do with him. After a tense scene involving Annisia’s judgment, the femme fatale christens herself with a surprising new name. Back in the deep woods of Sonja’s exile, her two bodyguards are tending to her illness and trying to nurse her back to health with the dangerous elixir Timath, the king’s son, concocted that can possibly cure the plague sickness. When Sonja’s two bodyguards try to get her back to Patra to help mount an attack on Annisia’s forces, they run into a little trouble. Sonja is injured, but what’s that they say about how dangerous injured animals are? Has Sonja finally found her way out of the dark hole she literally and metaphorically dug for herself?
Simone writes another outstanding issue. The story gives us insight and development with both Sonja and the deadly Annisia. We see how they are today, but flashbacks to their time as warrior slaves helps us to understand why they are the way they are. The action is great of course, but Simone gives us a meaty story with a wide range of emotions to sink our teeth into. Geovani’s art is top notch as always. The art brilliantly expresses the emotions of the characters as they find themselves in these situations. The action is handled and choreographed very well too. Geovani makes the characters standing around and talking scenes just as interesting and detailed as the characters chopping other characters’ heads off scenes. Lucas’ colors really stand out in the flashback sequences. They have an almost dreamlike appearance.
Bottom Line: Red Sonja continues to please. In four issues Simone has given us one of the best Red Sonja stories in recent memory. She doesn’t reinvent the character, but she strips a lot of things down and shows us how she’s incredibly fierce and loyal. Even when she’s moments away from dying Sonja never gives up fighting. 4.5/5