Writers: Michael Avon Oeming with Mike Carey
Art: Mel Rubi
Cover Date: April 2005
This issue is a quick read but it is a good introduction to the concept behind Red Sonja. Oeming and Carey show what happens when she enters a town. The story is told from the point of view of one of the townspeople.
She is referred to as "the Red Storm". This is a good description of her. Red Sonja is portrayed almost like a force of nature that sweeps through the town. The men who try to rob her at the bar don't know what hit them. It does not take her very long to dispatch them from the land of the living.
The art by Rubi fits the tone of the book. He does a equally good job of drawing the various people of the town, Red Sonja, and the action scenes that are important for a sword and sorcery book. Most of the time the action in the panel leads the eye to the next panel. Rubi is skillful at choreographing the fight scenes.
A nice touch is the design of the panels. The style looks like ancient writing and the panels appear to be parchment. I would assume this was designed by Richard Starkings. Little things like this add to the story.
Because of the nature of the story it was not too heavy on characterization. What we do see seems natural for the people in the story.
Recommended. It won't be your favorite book of the week but it is a good introduction to the character.
3 out of 5 stars.