Review – Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #3
Genre: Sword and Sorcery
Publication Date: 22nd September 2021
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
The greatest tales! The most amazing storytellers! Red Sonja, like you’ve NEVER seen before…all presented in beautiful black, white, and red!
Superstar GAIL SIMONE returns to The She-Devil With A Sword with artist WALTER GEOVANI, for a tale spanning Sonja’s entire life…
DEARBHLA KELLY and SOO LEE spin a story of interlaced intrigue and savage adventure…
HASSAN OTSMANE-ELAHOU and JONATHAN LAU feature a conundrum for Sonja, in the form of a foreboding, fire-breathing dragon…
Writers: Gail Simone, Dearbhla Kelly, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Simone starts the issue with a stunning almost silent montage Dawn of a Crimson Day. From birth, she was surrounded by blood and after the massacre of her village, she made the world pay. The final panel with a return to her village and family is the only real speech with a touching return to innocence. Simone uses full-page panels to show the growth and development of the character to stunning effect
Kelly’s Small Tales show a tipsy Sonja caught in a trap set by a young fan. The fan tells that she is homeless and is allowed to take along but spends the whole journey regaling Sonja with tales of the myths and legends that have sprung up around her. It’s a light-hearted tale with an overeager fan almost believing everything they have been told.
In Shhh! Otsmane-Elhaou pits Sonja against a mysterious fire breathing dragon that is more than meets the eye. He manages to humanise both Sonja and the duplicitous villagers who have set her up with a simple short tale that has a sting in its tail.
Artists: Walter Geovani, Soo Lee, Jonathan Lau
All three artists are revelling in this issue with Geovani almost dipping every image in Crimson Day in blood. The artist works doubly hard as the script has almost no narration or speech forcing the reader to create their own. Lau’s final artwork in Shhh! shows a playful Sonja finding novel ways to tackle the local sexist King and Lee’s work in Small Tales shows the fantastical imagination of a young girl off to great effect.
Dynamite and the teams they are assembling for these issues all seem to have a real passion for Sonja and are using the limited pages and scripts to great effect. Almost no image or word can be wasted in a short story and even in the slowest story Small Tales, it’s still strong enough to keep going with this limited series. For both seasoned Sonja fans and new readers, these are a great starting point to her world and stories.
I hoped you’ve enjoyed my review of Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #3 and look out for this comic at your Local Comic Shop
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