RED SONJA #10

“Backroads”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez

Red Sonja survived the explosion and his now fighting off vultures as she heads to Las Vegas. Holly and Spike think she is dead and are looking to make enough money to head back to New York. So they take their last $20 which Holly thinks she can turn into enough for two tickets back. Unfortunately they choose the casino that is run by the Aranhas gang. Sonja find her way to the casino and uses a direct approach. She beats up everybody and finds out where the boss is. The boss turns out to be an old woman. She offers Sonja a job but she isn’t interested. Just then the FBI raid the place. A mysterious agent uses magic to shield the three girls and lead them to safety. He turns out to be Professor Mallory the man they were looking for.

So Sonja finally gets her showdown with the head of the Spider Aranhas gang. Turns out the gang is run by a corporation that uses the casino and other shell corporation to launder the money.  Interesting development that I wasn’t expecting. Neither was I expecting the appearance of  Mallory who looks like a harmless old man but has some very powerful magic. I am very intrigued in finding out his story.

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RED SONJA #9

“Backroads”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez

Sonja, Spike and Holly are heading to New Mexico in her stolen father’s $500,000 Lamborghini. Sonja wants to finish off the Las Aranhas gang. Along the way Holly swerves to avoid hitting an armadillo and crashes the car into a telephone pole. Luckily the hideout is within walking distance. Sonja takes the direct approach and attacks head on. She is joined by her two friends but are starting to lose due to the gangs numbers. Sonja goes out and hijacks a semi-truck which she proceeds to crash into the place. She blows the whole place up and it looks like she perished in the fire.

Meanwhile in some side stories Kulan Gath has his head back and is sacrificing some poor villagers to regain his power He really wants revenge on Sonja and Max. Max traveling with his two companions are attacked by a troll but Max is able to talk it out of attacking. They reach his old home of Meru and find it is one sorry place.

Well this was a fun fast paced issue. I love Sonja’s attitude. She just attacks which is how Robert Howard usually wrote his characters. Seems to be adopting well to the 21st century. Already knows how to drive a truck. Plus we find out that Kulan Gath is still alive and Max finds his home. Oh and the FBI are on their trail and a mysterious figure is watching with a crystal ball. I am looking forward to the next issue because Sonja hits Las Vegas which should be a treat.

RED SONJA #8

“Backroads”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez

So Sonja’s friends take some time out to teach Sonja how to shoot a gun. She prefers her sword but drug dealers do have guns. She instead favors the crossbow. The three continue on and stop at a cafe for dinner. While discussing their plans members of the Las Aranhas gang have found their car. They set it on fire to draw Sonja out which works. Works so well they flee with their tails between their legs. But the fire destroys Spike’s uncle’s car and the police arrest the girls.

So now in prison Sonja gets a lecture on the criminal system. Just in time Holly’s father arrives to bail them out. He is a rich judge and has bookoo clout. The three girls are guests of Holly’s parents. In the morning they take the family Lamborghini for their quest. Meanwhile Max in Hyrkania endures bad warm ale and a giant troll. The FBI is also tracking Sonja and her friends for the headless gang members in West Virginia and the incident in New York.

This was an ok issue in Sonja’s road trip. She learns a bit about firearms. We see what’s happening with Max. And we learn that Holly is from a very rich family. Not much else really happens except upgrading their ride. The confrontation with the gang was anti-climatic and it seems to have been forgotten at the end. Of course maybe its coming in New Mexico their next stop. A slow issue but I am still enjoying it and there is still plenty of possibilities ahead.

RED SONJA #7

“Backroads”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez

Red Sonja is on a road trip to California with Holly and Spike. They borrowed Spike’s Uncle’s car without telling him they are going to California. So they make it to Huntsville, West Virginia and it is one dead town. Drug gangs control it. At the hotel Sonja’s companions snoring keeps her up so she goes to a bar across the road. A gang of bikers is harassing the woman to owns it. Sonja with the shotgun welding barkeep manage to drive the biker scum off.

Sonja then hears the story of how drugs killed her son. So Sonja decides to take out this gang. She steals one of their motorcycles and leads them out of town. A cop car kills some and she manages to take one and throw him off a bridge. The last member is chased to a graveyard. Sonja finds out the leader is a woman named La Reina who heads the cartel out of Amarillo, Texas. She decides to go to Texas after decapitating the biker scum.

I am really getting into this road trip across America. Sonja is actually in no hurry to get back home. She wants to see what our world has to offer. Our world offers plenty of opportunities to get into a fight. We see that Sonja has a code of justice and a special Hyborean way of dealing with the scum. She is adapting fast to our world. She already speaks good English and can drive a motorcycle. There is some great humor too. When they check into the hotel the clerk doesn’t want any working girls. Sonja is perplexed since when did an innkeeper not welcome harlots.

In a subplot Max is in Hyrkania and falls in with a group of warrior women.

RED SONJA #6

“So We Meet Again”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artists: Marcio Fiorito and Carlos Gomez

The final confrontation with Kulan Gath and his beast. Sonja and Max have lured it to Coney Island where they hope that the Wonder Wheel in combination with Max’s power can open a doorway back to Hyrkania. Sonja jumps on the beast and stabs it which gets it to shoot its flaming breath at the wheel and power it up. Max does manage to open a portal and the beast being homesick ignores Gath and goes through. This distracts Gath long enough for Max to shoot Gath’s magical crystal and lower his barrier. Sonja then chops his head off. Gath is still immortal and continues on. So Max makes the ultimate sacrifice and drags him through the portal back to Hyrkania. Max’s partner still gets signals on her app that show him at a top secret research center in California.

So the final battle and we get to defeat the evil Kulan Gath. Max is now trapped in the past or is he? The ending sets up a road trip across the country which is a cool idea. I am glad that they are keeping Sonja in our time for a while longer. Her reactions and the possible adventures are endless in modern America. This has really turned out to be a great idea in bringing her to our world. Looking forward to the next adventure.

RED SONJA #5

“So We Meet Again”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez

Kulan Gath’s monster is destroying Manhattan. He is gleefully planing to rebuild the city as a monument to himself. Max and Sonja are floating in a bubble that Max’s magic created to help them escape the demon. They land in Brighton Beach. Their friends find them and they try to come up with a plan. While watching Max do his magic trick a plan is formed. They figure out that Max is magically transporting the coins back to Hrykania. So maybe if they spin something big enough they can send back Gath and his demon. The biggest thing they have is the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island. So they post a challenge to Gath on social media so he gets angry and comes to them. Our heroes are on the Wonder Wheel but Max can’t get up enough energy and the demon is fast approaching.

Now its getting exciting. Sonja and her friends now have a plan but will it work? Sonja seems to be getting used to New York. She is learning how to flip people off. Their post gets over 1.1k likes. This adventure in the modern world is turning out to be a fun ride.

RED SONJA #4

“So We Meet Again”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez

Sonja and Max confront Gath at the museum. Gath is revealed to have come to America back in 1893 and made a killing in the stock market. Subsequently assuming the identity of his son and grandson he continues to make money and buy up New York. Now he practically owns the city. He also has hundreds of fanatical followers. Max’s memory starts to come back. He was from Meru the city that Gath destroyed. He learned some magic and used it to transport him and Sonja into the future. Gath then summons the Demon Beast of Khauran which starts to destroy the museum. Max and Sonja hold it off so the innocent civilians can evacuate. It ends with the museum collapsing and Sonja and Max transported to safety using Max’s magical powers.

So now we get a lot of questions answered in this issue. Gath came a century ago and set himself up as a powerful businessman who owns most of the city. He has a bunch of kooky followers and plans to use the Demon to destroy New York and rebuild it as a monument to himself. Max is from Sonja’s time and the only survivor of the city of Meru that Sonja was trying to safe against Gath. So now that the sides are set up we can have a real battle.

RED SONJA #3

“So We Meet Again”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez

Sonja is discovering the joy of a hot bath in this modern world when she hears Max being attacked. She grabs an antique sword for the wall and jumps to the rescue. Max gets the motorcycle to leave and Sonja insists on driving. She is a fast learned and they careen down the streets. Max later seeks shelter at the bar that he found Sonja at. The bartender has a friend who is studying Hyborian history at Columbia. At the university she sees a picture of Kulan Gath who in this world is known as Hank Gault. Gault owns most of the city and supports the Hyborian department at the university. There is a fundraising dinner tonight and she arranges for Max and Sonja to attend.

At the dinner Sonja fits in since the servants are dressed as Hyborian warriors. Sonja doesn’t serve but she gets into a fight with Gath’s men. At the end Gath arrives and confronts Sonja.

The story is moving along nicely. Sonja is a quick learner and already speaks some English and can drive a motorcycle. She has friends who speak her language and she is confronting Gath. Transporting her to the modern era is turning out to be a great idea. Waiting for the confrontation with her old nemesis in next issue.

RED SONJA #2

“So We Meet Again”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez

Sonja finds herself alone and hungry in this strange world of Manhattan. She’s not one to just sit around so she fashions a spear and bags a duck for dinner. Then she wanders around Harlem and finds a bar. There she learns enough English to order a beer and gets involved in arm wrestling. She is the life of the party.

But this world has social media and soon pictures of her go viral. Gath sends his minions to get her. Max the policeman also comes there in time to rescue Sonja from Gath’s fake NSA agents and a $800 bar tab. At his apartment we learn that Max was an orphan found during the 1977 blackout riots.His parents found dead in an alley. Adopted by a police officer and his family he grows up and joins the force. It ends with him taking out the trash and being confronted by Gath’s minions.

So Red Sonja is figuring out our world. Already she can order beer which is the most important thing you need to know. Max is shown to have some magical abilities. He can make a coin disappear while spinning it. There was a nice nod to the old What If comic where Conan visited the twentieth century. That occurred during the 1977 blackout so quite possible that Max and his parents were somehow dragged into the future from Hyrkania. I am really into this series.

RED SONJA #1

“Worlds Away”
Writer: Amy Chu
Artist: Carlos Gomez

January 2017. Red Sonja finds herself surrounded by police. Confronted with a woman in a chain-mail bikini and brandishing a sword they assume she is a mental patient. So they subdue her and take her to the hospital. That job falls on Max who can actually understand Hyrkanian. At the hospital they are met by NSA agents. Max finds this odd that they would take an interest in Sonja. Sonja recognizes them from the tattoos they wear as followers of Kulan Gath. She escapes the hospital and ends up in Central Park with a stolen jacket. Meanwhile it is revealed that Kulan Gath is in the twenty-first century and heading a corporation.

Well this series is starting off to a great start. Obviously Sonja would be out of place in modern times. Sonja is confused but also intrigued by this new world. The cop Max also is a mystery. Why would his mother teach him such an old and dead language as Hrykanian. And finally Kulan Gath is well established in this time and has fanatical followers. I am looking forward to Sonja exploring this new world.