Review – Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #4
Genre: Sword and Sorcery
Publication Date: 21st October 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! In this issue…
-PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON (Action Comics) and STEVE BEACH (The Last God) show a bloody life in full. A white-haired Queen Sonja prepares to lead her armies into what could be her final battle, the touch of now-unfamiliar steel brings back a flood of bloody memories and returns to her the bloodlust that carried her to so many victories.
-In SANYA ANWAR’s (Wonder Woman) tale, Sonja seeks shelter after a brutal battle in a foreign land. She will try to help someone in need but discover that not everyone needs saving…
-CHUCK BROWN (Bitter Root) and DREW MOSS (Vampirella/Red Sonja) present a Sonja bathed in fire, imbued with a purpose most glorious…
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Another month and another three banging stories to add to the 12 that have been released so far. In The Iron Maiden, a gravely wounded Sonja wakes up under a shrine to a female deity. Unable to fully talk to a local woman who is healing her they begin a friendship but can Sonja save the town from bandits?
In The Iron Queen and aged Sonja sits on a throne while her kingdom is under siege. Unable to remember how to fight is she and her kingdom destined to fall or can a young shieldmaiden hold the key to victory?
In Cold Monger, Sonja enters a wintery kingdom where a despot has stolen all the heat from the land and is using it to rule with an icy iron fist. How can Sonja kill him when one touch can freeze her solid?
All three stories show different sides to the character but the first story shows how even Sonja can learn new skills and sometimes can’t fix everything.
The Iron Queen’s artwork is stunning this issue, showing the talents of Steve Beach off completely. The artwork is a mix of classic Frank Frazetta with hints of the modern take on the sword and sorcery musculature. Flashes of red shine through the whole tale highlighting the eye each time it splashes on the page.
I feel I’ve already promoted how Dynamite and the writers are using this format to maximise the storylines through six or seven pages of action. These standalone issues though really are the easiest way into the world of the she-devil.
I hoped you’ve enjoyed my review of Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #4 and look out for this comic at your Local Comic Shop
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