Synopsis: The people of Meru are in terrible danger from an ancient evil, and there is only one person who can save them — the Hyrkanian warrior woman, Red Sonja! A lone Meruvian is sent to find Sonja and bring her back east — a treacherous trip that ends in a trap laid by Sonja’s old enemy, the evil wizard Kulan Gath in Red Sonja #0! It’s the adventure set before the new hit series, in this extra-sized one-shot!
Review: Before I start with this review. I have to confess that this comic was very much my introduction to Red Sonja in comic books. Prior to this my only exposure to the character was via the 1980’s film in which Bridget Nielsen portrayed the warrior woman.
Had the film version of the character been even a half the she devil that this comic book version was. It might have been a better movie.
Erik Turnham does a great job of giving us a very simple story, which allows for the characters to shine.
We’re introduced to Red Sonja while she is drinking some ale at a tavern, she is disturbed by one of the regulars who wants his seat back. Her response is that they’re other seats. The oath pushes his luck and gets his nose cut off and thrown out the bar for his efforts.
The story sees Sonja being hired by a village to slay a demon, but it turns out that the whole mission is a clever trap that has been devised by her old enemy Kulan Gath.
The art by Tom Mandrake is pretty impressive. I particularly liked what he did with the more action orientated panels. He gets a really good sense of visceral movement, which had me staring open mouthed at the pages while I read the various noises of battle.
This solid art combined with some really nice colour work make for a really good introduction to Red Sonja for any newbies wanting to jump on, but be warned. The story ends with a cliffhanger.
- Art Work9.0