Thursday, June 10, 2010

One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About Red Sonja #50

GOOD THING: We get a lot of bang for our buck with this issue. Six stories and a brief essay by Mike Carey on Robert Howard and Red Sonja. Three brand new stories and three reprints, running the gamut from a classic story by Roy Thomas to a more recent one-off story by JT Krul, which features Red Sonja fighting pirates.

BAD THING: One story, The Frost Giant's Curse, suffers from the same problems that plagued the recent Wrath of the Gods mini-series. It is not so much a Red Sonja story as it is a viking myth comic into which Sonja has been artlessly shoehorned. Indeed, Sonja is absent for over half of the pages of the story! And what is worse, her role is limited to standing around and listening a story for what few pages she IS in.

The Final Verdict: A few weak stories do nothing to stop this book from being the best comic you can get for $4.99 this week. A fine jumping-on point for those who have yet to enter the world of the First Lady of Fantasy.

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