Naturally, regular readers of this series will quickly realize that something is not right and soon the real Red Sonja starts unraveling the mystery of her grieving husband. Simone's story is full of humor, though it seems somewhat unbelievable that Red Malak should find so many willing to believe his stories. Methinks Malak missed his calling as a bard if he is that adept at spinning tales.
The artwork by Noah Salonga serves the story well. There are clever contrasts between different pages, as we see the story as Red Malak tells it contrasted with Sonja's memory of the same event. There is not much action but what little exists is well displayed.
On the whole, I'd still recommend those who are new to the world of The She-Devil of Hyrkania begin with the Queen of Plagues trade-paperback rather than make this book their first exposure to the world of Red Sonja. You'll get a better feel for the setting and a lot more action besides! Still, this issue isn't a bad read and will please all of Sonja's fans.