Review: Revealing the Value of Loyalty in RED SONJA #3

FIRST IMPRESSION

The newest run of RED SONJA is a powerhouse series. Issue #3 continues the strong trajectory, dialing back the action a bit, but diving more into Sonja as a character. With three excellent issues under the belt, this is definitely a series to follow.
Writing
Dialogue
Pencils/Inks
Coloring
Lettering
- Advertisement -

After making-off with Emperor Dragan’s treasure and supplies, Sonja plans her next move in Red Sonja #3.

This chapter sees the titular barbarian plotting how to defend her people and the treasure captured in issue two. At the same time, she must weigh how to handle a band of mercenaries interested in the same score.

The Writing

Mark Russell continues to excel as the writer behind Red Sonja #3. The book is well-paced and thoroughly engaging, with very little narrative flab.

Issue three offers less humor than the previous chapter. However, there is more emphasis on character development, specifically with Sonja herself. She displays immense competence as a leader, but her skills don’t come from nowhere. We see flashbacks to a younger Sonja under the tutelage of her master, Domo of Khitai. This provides insight on how Sonja developed from a hot-headed raider into a wise warrior.

- Advertisement -

Loyalty is a dominant theme in Red Sonja #3; specifically, how loyalty stands up against the prospects of wealth. We see the lessons learned in flashbacks play out in the present-day narrative, and how they relate to broader themes within the book. As Domo explains, “Nothing is more dangerous than a man with no loyalty.” Sometimes, you can do much better with a small band dedicated cadre than with an undisciplined army.

Red Sonja #3

The Artwork

While not as action-packed as the last issue, the artwork in Red Sonja #3 is still stunning. Characters possess a kinetic sense of energy, with bold and expressive designs. Readers get a true sense of emotional tone through characters’ gestures and faces.

Mirko Colak pays meticulous attention to detail; his eye for backgrounds and architectural designs helps bring the world of the book to life. Of course, the bold colors, especially as the action heats up in the book’s second half, make the visuals pop off the page.

Final Thoughts

Red Sonja #3 continues this latest, excellent run with the character. Skilled storytelling and excellent artwork elevate this run above the standard for the sword-and-sorcery genre, making it a must-read series.

TRENDING THIS WEEK

Review: STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE: CAPTAIN PHASMA #1- A Galaxy Far Less Interesting

It’s hard not to feel sympathy for the character Captain Phasma. Not that she was dealt a particularly difficult lot in life, but the...

Advance Review: MIDNIGHT SKY #1 Creates An Intriguing Mystery And A Frightening World

Scout Comics' Midnight Sky #1, by James Pruett, Scott Van Domelen and Ilaria Fella is the start of brand new science fiction series that...

The Joker Gets Two New Comics In October

Fans of DC's Clown Prince of Crime got some big news this week: two new Joker projects are hitting the stands this October (joining...

30+ Page Preview Of IDW’s SONS OF CHAOS From Chris Jaymes And Alejandro Aragon

The oversized, panoramic graphic novel Sons Of Chaos written by Chris Jaymes with art by Alejandro Aragon hits your local comic book shop on...

Review: Immigrants From The Sea Arrive In Amnesty Bay In AQUAMAN #50

Arthur Curry has fought elemental beings, befriended gods and goddesses, and regained painful memories of his accidental death at the hands of Mera, all...

Review: GIDEON FALLS #15 Andrea Sorrentino’s Art Will Give You Nightmares

Gideon Fall #15 from Image Comics hits your local comic book store today; written by Jeff Lemire, with art by Andrea Sorrentino, colors by...

THE WALKING DEAD: The Shocking Death Of An Indie Titan

Leave it to Robert Kirkman to pull off another unprecedented event in comics. The end of The Walking Dead, arguably the most popular independent...

How Enemies Are Turned to Friends in FIREFLY #8

Joss Whedon's Firefly has brought the crew new and unique problems. And Firefly #8 simply proves that the Browncoats will always find fascinating allies.
Avatar
David DeCorte
David DeCorte covers comic book, entertainment, pop culture, and business news for multiple outlets. He is also a sci-fi writer, and is currently working on his first full-length book. Originally from San Diego, he now lives in Tampa.
COMIC REVIEW DIGEST, sign up today! At Monkeys Fighting Robots, we strive to talk about ALL aspects of a comic book, instead of just giving you a recap of the story.
  • Did you notice how epic the colors were?
  • That was a wicked panel layout by the artist!
  • What was the letterer thinking?
  • How did this comic book make you feel?
  • Most importantly, should you buy it?

Every Wednesday you will receive an email with our latest reviews and analyses, as well as our original comic strips and exclusive editorial content.
Thanks for signing up!