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RED SONJA is a gal with a bit of a history. ROY THOMAS
based her on ROBERT E. HOWARD's character, RED SONYA,
combining her with another of Howard's heroines, DARK AGNES
de CHASTILLON. MARVEL's Red Sonja made her first appear-
ance in CONAN The BARBARIAN #23 in 1972/'73, and then
starred in MARVEL FEATURE #s 1-7 in 1975 before being
awarded her own mag in 1976/'77.
Devil with a sword', she was killed off in #34 of her own mag,
with a new character - apparently related to the original, as well as
being a reincarnation of her - popping up in the very next issue. To
be honest, it's already becoming far too convoluted to sustain my
interest, but I didn't discover all this recent backstory 'til after
I'd read this new issue and done a bit of research.
(#0), I thought it was the original character. The art is very nice,
but I have a few problems with the fluidity of the sequential story-
telling. For example, in one panel, Red Sonja fights a tentacled
dragon-type figure face-to face, in the next, she's on the other
side of the cavern where the battle is taking place.
train (don't ask, just buy), in the next she orders it to "yield", be-
fore jumping out of the way in the following panel. "No way, Jose!"
She'd have been flattened into oblivion in a micro-second. There's a
suggestion prior to the subway scene that she may have been asleep
(and therefore dreaming), which would explain the departure
because I like looking at scantily-clad beauties in silver chain-mail
bikinis and don't have the spuds to buy a 'top-shelfer'. So if you're
like me and swooned over Red Sonja when she first appeared back
in 1973, then you too should enjoy copping a gander at the art
within this new title and subsequent issues, by Mitra!
(Or perhaps that should be 'buy, Mitra!')