Red Sonja finds herself on a spectacular journey filled with pirates, mermaids, princesses, and political intrigue as the threat of two kingdoms hangs in the balance. With so many challenges, Sonja will need to be invincible to overcome these odds!
The first issue of Invincible Red Sonja opens with a brutal encounter between the She Devil with a Sword and a battalion of soldiers and Moritat’s dynamic art leaves an incredible impression on the reader. There is so much personality in the opening pages, from the facial expressions, body composition and detailed backgrounds. One eye-catching detail for me was Sonja’s muscles. I’ve mentioned in a previous review that every artist has their own interpretation of a character and Moritat is no different. In this opening, she is truly a red-headed demon. She really comes off nearly inhuman. And the detail to her muscles is persistent throughout the entire issue. You can really see and feel how strong she is. The artist also pulls off some very nice tonal shifts with the coloring.
And the writing is so good. You’d expect nothing else from the duo of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. It’s engaging throughout, and at times quite humorous. The story is a blend of magic and political intrigue. There are many things we’ve seen before during Red Sonja’s storied history, so ultimately in that vein, it’s hard to drum up a real interest in the setting. So why should I keep reading you ask? Because of that opening. I’m invested in finding out how Sonja ends up in that opening situation. Maybe the foundation is setup rather boringly, and you want to get back to that opening, and at times the rest of the issue feels like it’s dragging us there. But thankfully the humor keeps it engaging whenever I felt the tale started dragging a bit.
Sometimes in comics, you can open too strong, and this issue certainly opens with a red-headed blaze. It draws you in then leaves you wanting more. Knowing the direction it’s headed is more motivation stick with this title and keep going. It may not be the most balanced start to a comic series, but the fact that it leaves you wanting more means this could go from a slow burn to a roaring blaze. I’m in.
You can buy the issue here or check with your local comic shop when it hits shelves tomorrow.