Review: Red Sonja #5
Red Sonja, still recovering from her near-death ordeal, leads a small band of rebels in a stealth war against the invading armada, while the supreme dealer of death Dark Annisia returns to wreak havoc on Sonja’s small band of allies! Blood, lust and vengeance surround Red Sonja as she faces her ultimate foe!
The penultimate installment of the first arc of the new Red Sonja series hits comic book shops today. Red Sonja #5 is written by Gail Simone and features art by Walter Geovani. Adriano Lucas provides colors and Simon Bowland handles lettering. Red Sonja is clawing her way back from her near death experience. How does she fair in her journey this month?
Sonja has been brought back from the brink of death and told that Dark Annisia has turned into a monster. Finding themselves on the outskirts of the city, Sonja and her two companions take on a band of men standing watch. They intend to send Annisia a message that Sonja is back and she’s ready to finish what she started. Before Sonja can have her final showdown with her former friend, she has to visit the king’s son (the new king) to see if his ‘magic’ can help her recover from her illness. Sonja is still not well, but she has no time to rest up. She must gird herself for battle and take on Annisia in one final battle in the arena. When the two femme fatales come face to face, they discover an unexpected guest. Who comes out of the battle alive? What does this final twist mean for our heroine?
Simone writes another fantastic issue. She finds the perfect balance between action, drama, dialogue heavier scenes, and comedy. This issue includes an incredible line from Sonja that sums up a lot of this first arc. Our hero laments “I would rather carry full-plate armor than memories sometimes.” Red Sonja’s past has come back to haunt her, but only she can put her demons to rest. That’s both literally and metaphorically. Geovani’s art is stellar as usual. The art has been great throughout, but this issue really shines with its character work and expansive scenery. Geovani impresses you just as much with the character interactions as he does with his great eye for action. Lucas’ colors really complement the art and present some visually stunning landscapes.
Bottom Line: Red Sonja is one of the most consistently great books out there. Simone has really stripped Red Sonja back down to the essentials and made a great sword and sorcery adventure. The first arc seems like it’s going to wrap up with a bang, and I cannot wait. 4.5/5