RED SONJA BIRTH OF THE SHE-DEVIL #4

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Writer: Luke Lieberman
Artist: Sergio Davila

Sonja and King Andol’s forces have attacked the field of the drug that Raka is growing. A savage fight ensues. Ozzyus attacks Raka. Raka stabs him with his sword which is covered in his drug. This turns Ozzyus into one of Raka’s zombies and Sonja is forced to stab him. Then Sonja goes after Raka and cuts off his hand. This forces Raka to take his new improved zombie drug. It turns him into a giant and grows his hand back. Yet Sonja still manages to come out on top by splitting Raka’s head with an ax. Shashanna comes and finishes Raka off. A month later the kingdom is back on it’s feet. Andol offers Sonja the chance to be his queen. She declines in favor of a sack of gold and the freedom of the road.

So ends the mini-series of Sonja in her early days. It was a very action packed issue. Sonja shows herself to be the badass she is. Even a drugged up enhanced cult leader can’t get the better of her. This was an interesting look at Sonja in her teen years. It kept the origin that Roy Thomas created yet gave her some interesting backstory. Ozzyus the man that raised her was a compelling character. Her relationship with Shashanna who was a friend that she let down. Managed to save her and the world. An enjoyable series that was respectful to her origins and yet a fresh new look at my favorite female comic character.

RED SONJA BIRTH OF THE SHE-DEVIL #3

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Writer: Luke Lieberman
Artist: Sergio Davila

Sonja with her companions arrive at a port city. The city is deserted but they find one boy. The boy is under the influence of Raka’s drug and attacks. Soon other residences come at them. Ozzyus’s contact Talos finds them and lead them to safety. They find out the whole kingdom has fallen to Raka and his mind control cult. At the camp of King Andol Sonja find Shasanna. Only Shasanna is under the drug. Sonja offers to help King Andol in taking back his kingdom.

They scout the capital city and watch as an invading army is torn to pieces by the cult. They barely manage to escape from the city themselves. Sonja comes back and finds that Shasanna seems to be returning to normal. The drug is wearing off and that gives Sonja an idea. Raka has imprisoned men of science to improve his drug. They succeed in making it more potent and Raka goes off to get more of the Djinn Lotus. At his fields he finds them set on fire by Sonja.

So this issue has Sonja find Raka and Shasanna. It establishes the true evil of Raka and how powerful he has become. A fairly talky issue that does sometime drag the plot down. Still the story is basically a strong one. Sonja has her issues with Ozzyus and herself. Raka is truly a loathsome and dangerous enemy. Sets up a possible exciting confrontation to this story.

RED SONJA BIRTH OF THE SHE-DEVIL #2

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Writer: Luke Lieberman
Artist: Sergio Davila

Sonja and Ozzyus are looking for passage on a boat. Only the guy they are dealing with decided to turn them in to the authorities. He doesn’t get to enjoy the reward for Sonja stabs him in the neck. Then she manages to lead the mob away as Ozzyus steals a boat and the two take off. The king of Khawaris is tracking Raka and finds his camp. Only it is deserted because Raka has attacked his capital. Using a gas that turns the citizens into homicidal maniacs. Raka plans to use this gas to control the world.

Sonja and Ozzyus are sailing and find a young girl stowaway. They also are attacked by a giant octopus and later find themselves floating on the wreckage. The young stowaway comments that the two don’t seem to be friends. We get a flashback to when Sonja was a young girl. A rich merchant hired Ozzyus to guard his caravan. Sonja made friends with his daughter Shashanna. Only Ozzyus was a criminal and takes over the caravan. One of the men he hired Raka decides to kill the merchant and take his daughter. Sonja wants to fight him but Ozzyus knocks her out. Thus the enmity that she feels for him.

The second issue continues to give us a rich story for Sonja’s early days. We get to see that Raka is a truly dangerous nut who uses a drug to mind control people. Sonja is one impetuous badass that goes after mobs and giant octopus with vigor. A glimpse into the origin of Sonja’s obsession with finding Raka and Shashanna. Ozzyus is shown to be a dishonest criminal who brought up Sonja in his criminal schemes. A very enjoyable series.

RED SONJA BIRTH OF THE SHE-DEVIL #1

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Writer: Luke Lieberman
Artist: Sergio Davila

Red Sonja has retrieved a large gem for a sultan. The sultan decides to give his greatest treasure for a reward. That treasure is his body and Sonja is chained and made a concubine. Only Sonja isn’t one to be played with and kills the sultan. She escapes on a horse and manages to elude her pursuers by climbing a hill. Later she treks to a small village and gets drunk at the local tavern. Someone comes and points out she is the murderer of the sultan and the fight ensues that ends up burning down the tavern. While drinking in the alley Ozzyus comes on her. Ozzyus is the narrator of this story and the man who found Sonja after her family was killed. He raised the young Sonja. He brings news that he knows where Raka is. Raka kidnapped a young woman named Shashanna that Sonja was training. Raka has become some leader of a cult that uses drugs to make his followers invincible and slaughter and rape in the name of Bel the god of thieves.

So this mini-series is exploring the very early days of Sonja when she was just eighteen. A young woman who was very cocky and rash. I love this side to her and am happy that they are exploring this period of Sonja’s life. They maintain the origin that Thomas created and his famous slew a king that gave birth to her legend. Sonja is also given a warrior that took her in and raised her after her family was killed. We are also given a friend that Sonja is questing for and a villain that has endless potential. This series is starting off strong.