Published on June 7th, 2021 | by Richard Boom0
Review: The Invincible Red Sonja #1
And yes… arrows in her torso and a knife in her stomach. What the $%^&* is going on?! Is she truly invincible?
INVINCIBLE RED SONJA #1 CVR A CONNER
(W) Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner (A) Moritat (CA) Amanda Conner
Written by the award-winning fan favorites AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI, Red Sonja finds herself on a spectacular journey filled with pirates, mermaids, princesses, and political intrigue as the threat of two kingdoms hangs in the balance. All this, plus the spectacular art of MORITAT and a cover by AMANDA CONNER and PAUL MOUNTS makes THE INVINCIBLE RED SONJA a series not to be missed! In fact it’s so great, we had to launch a whole new title for it! In Shops: May 05, 2021 SRP: $3.99
OK, to be fair, I got this book nót for the writing pair of Jimmy and Amanda. Even though they are legends in their own right, and lovely people to boot, the real reason I wanted to get this book was because of Justin Norman aka MORITAT!
I have seen and loved and discovered his art first via his amazing run on Richard Starking’s must-have must-read Elephantmen and it just sizzled and chizzled and adorable and magickal. From that moment on, I was hooked. So when he got on Sheena, I got those comics in an instant. To be frank: this issue does not show of his best art and only when we get to the “princess” scene and especially the “mermaid” scene is where I went into full adoration-modus again. Moritat’s style with his luscious lips and tad cartoony-face, combined with exquisite facial expressions and lovely anatomy is something that makes each panel a joy to witness.
I do have to admit, that Jimmy and Amanda really do nót let down. The way they ‘get’ characters is shown especially in the banter of all the folks inhabiting their minds- I mean comics! Each has a distinct voice, yet also dripping with humor or remarks that make me smile and think and read it again. There is a strength in that, and that might just be why they have reached legend-status.
All in all the book feels average to start with but due to the art and story it feels more special Red Sonja then I have read in a long time.