Review: Gail Simone’s Red Sonja #6
This is IT. The culmination to the bloody WAR of VENGEANCE waged between two former sisters of the sword, DARK ANNISIA and RED SONJA! Annisia has done something no other god nor demon has been able to do, force Sonja to her knees in surrender. But Sonja returns, a changed woman, and she has a mighty SCORE to settle! The climax to the entire QUEEN OF PLAGUES saga is here!
The finale of the first arc of the new Red Sonja series hits comic book store shelves. Red Sonja #6 is written by Gail Simone with art by Walter Geovani. Adriano Lucas handles colors with Simon Bowland providing lettering. This is it, the big finale. Do things end with a bang?
Sonja and Annisia thought they were meeting in the arena to fight the one fight they didn’t finish while they were warrior slaves. After everything they had been through, this would be the day when one kills the other. Little did they know that they had walked right into Bazrat’s trap. The man who held them prisoner and forced them to kill countless people has played them all for fools. Sonja is no fool and she’s looking to prove it. The battle begins and not everyone is going to make it out unscathed. Can Sonja and Annisia work together once more or has Annisia’s dark deeds made her a sworn enemy of Sonja? Will King Bazrat pay for what he’s done?
Simone writes a pulse-pounding finale. This one is all action from the first page to the final one-liner from our heroine. After we learned last month’s twist we thought we had a general idea of how the end would play out. Simone is able to throw a few really surprising twists and turns into the mix before the final page is turned. It’s a strong story that continues to flesh out the characters while still offering up sword-swinging action. Geovani’s art is great as usual. The characters run the gambit when it comes to emotions, and Geovani is able to portray that well. Character work and panel layout really sells you on the drama. The layouts and action also add a sense of dynamism and motion. Lucas’ colors really get a chance to shine on a one-page spread where Annisia is tormented by the spirits she sees.
Bottom Line: Gail Simone has crafted a stellar first arc that deliver on all fronts. It will be hard to top what we’ve seen in the first six issues, but I’m sure Simone and Geovani are up for the task. 4.5/5