Jana and Sonja, along with their new friend from the water tribe, Bel’Lok face off with Mistress Hel who commands very intimidating magic. Sonja trades some barbs with the Mistress but it soon appears they are in over their heads, until Bel’Lok buys them some time with a bit of trickery. The group gets away and we discover that Sonja has a freckle licking fetish. Who Knew? Back at Jana’s tribe they find more trouble in the guise of several male tribesmen who have been infected by Hel’s frost magic. Jana and Sonja wind up for their own variety of kick ass.
Issue two of this Swords of Sorrow team up seemed to offer a bit more interest in the script. Jana’s innocence balanced with Sonja’s scandalous behavior leads to some very amusing breakdowns. This issue also takes our characters in a few unexpected direction rather than just leaping straight into a few pages of mindless combat. Although, hey who really minds some mindless combat.
The page layouts for this book are also impressive. There are a few nice double page spreads that break up the story nicely. The cover is breath taking. I wish that I could say the same about the interior art, but it still leaves something to be desired. Both Jana and Sonja come off as very cartoony with Sonja being the worse of the two. Instead of the older, hard bitten warrior, Red Sonja is more like a 15 year troublemaker. Add to this the fact that Mirka Andolfo still seems to have issues drawing scale mail which is of course key to Sonja coming off right. It is still a nice slap stick sword and sorcery ramble, but the art could do with huge improvements.
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