Red Sonja awakes bloodied and bruised to find she’s missed the end of an epic battle. As she pieces together what happened, she discovers that Conan is missing and a local wizard has used bloodroot to create a terrible weapon.
There is nothing like waking up under a pile of corpses to get the day off to a lousy start, but that’s exactly the kind of morning Red Sonja is having. After climbing out from the pile she appears to be suffering from a case of amnesia. Just as she’s trying to collect her wits, she finds herself jumped by a trio of scavengers. She’s only got a fourth of her sword but she still thumps them because she is Sonja the She-Devil with a sword (okay part of a sword). She gets a quick run down from the surviving scavenger. Conan and Sonja’s forces easily routed the enemy host until sorcery came into play. Conan and Red kill one of the monsters but Sonja gets taken out fight with a head wound. The ill-mannered barbarian takes off on his own after the sorcerer eager for some vengeance. After some more swordplay Red Sonja embarks after her surly comrade.
This is just a great, fun story in the spirit of Robert E. Howard. Conan and Sonja are their larger than life selves, with epic battles and ribald wit. Some of this dialogue could have been pulled right out of “Red Nails” or “Phoenix on the Sword”, but in a good way. The story doesn’t come off as derivative, but complementary. It’s readily apparent that Victor Gischler is a true fan of the hyborian tales. His story is well paced and moves in delightful starts and stops of rampaging action and slow tantalizing narration.
There aren’t enough good things to say about Roberto Castro’s art. As with the debut of this series, the layouts are just plain fun. Full pages images are overlaid with smaller insets giving a larger than life size to everything. Castro’s knowledge of both male and female anatomy adds an extra note of professionalism to this title. Add to this a wealth of detail and you have a big, gorgeous title that accentuates the already legendary characters.
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