Wednesday, February 9, 2011

One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About Red Sonja #54

GOOD THING: A classic story worthy of Roy Thomas himself, with Sonja leading a rag-tag band of misfits against an experienced army with a commander who has it out for Sonja personally. Throw in a cursed Styigan artifact, a group of seperent priests just as desperate to recover it as Sonja is to keep it from them and use it to win the battle and the pathos in Sonja seeking revenge on the comrades she has already lost and you have far more going on than one might guess from a book with a buxom, scantily clad redhead with a sword on the cover.

BAD THING: Speaking of which, the cover artwork isn't nearly as good as the interior art. This is quite unusual for the Red Sonja books, which usually boast great covers but occasionally questionable interiors. There's also something to be said for the fact that Sonja is wearing sensible, true armor throughout the interior comic and yet is back in her infamous chainmail bikini on this cover.

The Final Verdict: Darn near perfect in every respect, save that the covers belay the serious story within and the current state of Red Sonja's costuming.

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