Simone writes a tale of blood, lust, and revenge. It is a tale of adventure and intrigue where we also get glimpses of Red Sonja's past, learning of her origins along the way. This is a very good story that draws readers in right away, and when you think you see answers, there is a twist or two. It is a fast paced read; I certainly kept on reading to the very end.
The art is very good in this one, bringing the great heroine to life. Art is certainly another good reason to pick up this volume. In addition to the comic, we get a diverse art gallery of covers by various famous female artists. Some of the featured artists are:
- Jenny Frisson
- Nicola Scott
- Amanda Conner (she did Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre, which I read and reviewed).
- Fiona Staples (of Saga, a series I have enjoyed greatly. Review of the first two paperback compilations coming soon).
- Ming Doyle (of Mara, which I also read and reviewed).
This is one I am definitely recommending to fans. However, you do not have to be a Red Sonja fan. If you have not met her before, this volume makes an excellent introduction to this character originally created by Robert E. Howard, who also created Conan the Barbarian. If you enjoy sword and sorcery fantasy with strong women leads, this is a volume for you.
I am giving it the full 5 out of 5 stars as I found it amazing.