Review: Legends Of Red Sonja #3
This anthology story continues as the GREY RIDERS continue their quest to hunt and kill Red Sonja, but is she truly guilty of the horrendous crimes she is accused of? Spectacular short stories by Rhianna (Tomb Raider) Pratchett, Leah (Damsels, Sherlock Holmes) Moore, Nicola (Earth Two, Secret Six) Scott, and series regular Gail (Batgirl) Simone.
Red Sonja is still being hunted down for some alleged crimes by a band of misfits calling themselves the Grey Riders in this month’s Legends of Red Sonja #3. This installment features stories by Leah Moore, Nicola Scott, Rhianna Pratchett, and Red Sonja series regular Gail Simone. Art is handled by Jack Jadson, Tula Lotay, Doug Holgate, and Naniiebim. Salvatore Aiala Studios handles all the coloring with Simon Bowland providing lettering. Are the adventures of Red Sonja truly legendary this month?
The Grey Riders are still hunting Sonja down for all the wrongs she has done to them. We get to see Sonja riding shotgun to the tomb of a necromancer in search of treasure, we see how she halted an old and powerful magical ritual, and even how she got her metallic bikini. All the while the Grey Riders are trying to piece together what they know about Sonja as they try to find her. Some aren’t so sure she is truly the bad person some are making her out to be, but others stand resolute in their convictions. Their search may be nearing an end though. Red Sonja isn’t someone who doesn’t know she’s being tracked. What happens when the Grey Riders finally meet their prey?
This issue feels more like an anthology than the previous installments. The stories are a little more uneven this time. There are some hard-hitting sword and sorcery yarns, a quick action-paced tale about that famous metal bikini, and then there’s a quick story about a younger Sonja who just sort of stumbles into a situation. The pacing is a rollercoaster ride with a few ups and downs. The art is good overall, but two sections are a little too bright and poppy for the gritty tales of Sonja. Sometimes the characters come off looking a little too flat. The colors are bright and vibrant when the stories are a little more subdued. Each artist works well for their story, but when they’re all put together some things stand out.
Bottom Line: Red Sonja is still an enjoyable anthology story giving us different people’s perspective on our heroine, but this issue doesn’t seem to mesh together as well as others. There’s still a great overarching story in play and I can’t wait to see how it plays out. 3.5/5
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