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This contains the Red Sonja tales from Marvel Feature #1-7, presented in glorious, fully re-mastered color. These tales are where it all begins, and help set the stage for the current Red Sonja series! This is a must have collection of never before reprinted material, featuring a cover by Frank Thorne. Plus, legendary Red Sonja writer and former Editor-in-Chief, Roy Thomas This contains the Red Sonja tales from Marvel Feature #1-7, presented in glorious, fully re-mastered color. These tales are where it all begins, and help set the stage for the current Red Sonja series! This is a must have collection of never before reprinted material, featuring a cover by Frank Thorne. Plus, legendary Red Sonja writer and former Editor-in-Chief, Roy Thomas, provides an introduction!


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This contains the Red Sonja tales from Marvel Feature #1-7, presented in glorious, fully re-mastered color. These tales are where it all begins, and help set the stage for the current Red Sonja series! This is a must have collection of never before reprinted material, featuring a cover by Frank Thorne. Plus, legendary Red Sonja writer and former Editor-in-Chief, Roy Thomas This contains the Red Sonja tales from Marvel Feature #1-7, presented in glorious, fully re-mastered color. These tales are where it all begins, and help set the stage for the current Red Sonja series! This is a must have collection of never before reprinted material, featuring a cover by Frank Thorne. Plus, legendary Red Sonja writer and former Editor-in-Chief, Roy Thomas, provides an introduction!

30 review for The Adventures of Red Sonja, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    Bronze Age Sonja.. you have to remember that far back to appreciate this. I doubt Frank Thorne's broad ink strokes would appeal to today's readers. Nice swordfight between Sonja and Conan in the last story. Ends on a cliffhanger, but I can't say I'm nervous about how our heroes will fare. Bronze Age Sonja.. you have to remember that far back to appreciate this. I doubt Frank Thorne's broad ink strokes would appeal to today's readers. Nice swordfight between Sonja and Conan in the last story. Ends on a cliffhanger, but I can't say I'm nervous about how our heroes will fare.

  2. 4 out of 5

    mina

    3.5 The illustration done by Esteban Maroto, Neal Adams and Ernie Chan in the part one of the first chapter was amazing, it reminded me of cartoons He-man and She-ra that I watched as a kid, so that was a pleasant trip down the childhood lane. Sadly after that the illustrations were just okay. The stories were solid; I don’t have anything to complain about that. However, I do have to complain about the crossover between Red Sonja and Connan – some people’s libraries (mine) don’t have the comic 3.5 The illustration done by Esteban Maroto, Neal Adams and Ernie Chan in the part one of the first chapter was amazing, it reminded me of cartoons He-man and She-ra that I watched as a kid, so that was a pleasant trip down the childhood lane. Sadly after that the illustrations were just okay. The stories were solid; I don’t have anything to complain about that. However, I do have to complain about the crossover between Red Sonja and Connan – some people’s libraries (mine) don’t have the comic that is supposed to be read before the last Red Sonja chapter. That was poorly executed. Start reading Red Sonja, but before chapter 7 read the first two chapters of a Connan comic, then stop there and return to Red Sonja so that you finish it, but if you really want to find out how things end… well, naturally return to the Connan comic. That’s too much back and forth.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This is really good Sword and Sorcery material, maybe not as good as the very best Conan comics, but on par with most of them. Frank Thorne's sexy art has never looked better with the remastered coloring, and the stories are rife with the sorcerers and monsters we've come to expect from 1970s Marvel comics of this type. Overall surprisingly good. This is really good Sword and Sorcery material, maybe not as good as the very best Conan comics, but on par with most of them. Frank Thorne's sexy art has never looked better with the remastered coloring, and the stories are rife with the sorcerers and monsters we've come to expect from 1970s Marvel comics of this type. Overall surprisingly good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Helmut

    Kurven und Kanten Die rote Sonja, letztlich in dieser Form eine Roy-Thomas-Eigenkreation, ist eine hyrkanische Kämpferin im Kettenbikini. Diese Tatsache setzt auch den Standard für diese Reihe (in diesem Band ist Marvel Feature 1-7 gesammelt, also noch nicht die eigentliche "Red Sonja"-Reihe); viel tiefsinniges darf man nicht erwarten, schön zu betrachten ist das aber schon. Etwas dezenter kommt die 70er-Jahre-Red Sonja aber dann doch daher als die nur aus Oberweite bestehende spätere Frank-Cho-V Kurven und Kanten Die rote Sonja, letztlich in dieser Form eine Roy-Thomas-Eigenkreation, ist eine hyrkanische Kämpferin im Kettenbikini. Diese Tatsache setzt auch den Standard für diese Reihe (in diesem Band ist Marvel Feature 1-7 gesammelt, also noch nicht die eigentliche "Red Sonja"-Reihe); viel tiefsinniges darf man nicht erwarten, schön zu betrachten ist das aber schon. Etwas dezenter kommt die 70er-Jahre-Red Sonja aber dann doch daher als die nur aus Oberweite bestehende spätere Frank-Cho-Variante. Besonders hervorheben möchte ich die erste Geschichte, gezeichnet von Esteban Maroto. Sehr elegante Zeichnungen, und dynamisch dadurch, dass er sich nur selten an eine strenge Panel- für Panelfolge hält. Der Rest ist von Frank Thorne - er gibt dem Comic eine eigene Note, die die Reihe bis zu ihrem (frühen) Ende beibehält. Leser, die mehr über Howards Hyboria erfahren wollen, sind hier fehl am Platz - Red Sonja spielt nur an Orten, die genauso heißen wie die entsprechenden Orte in Hyboria, ansonsten ist die Atmosphäre völlig unterschiedlich und sollte auch so gelesen werden. Auch wenn Conan auftritt, das hier ist eine andere Welt; je weiter die Reihe voranschreitet, desto deutlicher wird das. Dies ist vor allem dem Autor der Geschichten, Bruce Jones, zu verdanken, der sich schon immer einen Dreck um Originalmaterial geschert hat (siehe seinen Hulk-Run). Trotz dieses Mankos gefallen mir seine Geschichten; sie sind weniger spektakulär, dafür aber sehr erdig und zeigen Sonja als Wanderer in interessanten Situationen. Bindung und Papier sind makellos - die Neukolorierung dagegen ist, bis auf die oben angesprochene Maroto-Geschichte, nicht so wirklich gelungen. Noch nicht so schlimm wie in Band 2 dieser Sammelreihe, es deutet sich aber schon an. Insgesamt also eine sowieso schon eher etwas durchschnittliche Fantasykost, die durch die Neubearbeitung noch verschlechtert wurde.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Larissa

    I loved this SO MUCH. Great strong female lead, alliterative banter, beautiful art. If you love Dungeons and Dragons or If you're looking for something like ElfQuest by Wendy Pini consider this book. I loved this SO MUCH. Great strong female lead, alliterative banter, beautiful art. If you love Dungeons and Dragons or If you're looking for something like ElfQuest by Wendy Pini consider this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Marvel Feature (2) #1-7 (November 1975-November 1976). Red Sonja fights a dark path. Constantly having to prove herself as a warrior, Sonja finds herself trying to survive as a female in a world trying to keep her down. Battling bear gods, jackal-men, and satyrs, Red Sonja finds that survival is more difficult than she ever expected…but her friend and ally, Conan the Barbarian could be her biggest threat yet! Written by Roy Thomas and Bruce Jones, The Adventures of Red Sonja—Volume 1 is Reprints Marvel Feature (2) #1-7 (November 1975-November 1976). Red Sonja fights a dark path. Constantly having to prove herself as a warrior, Sonja finds herself trying to survive as a female in a world trying to keep her down. Battling bear gods, jackal-men, and satyrs, Red Sonja finds that survival is more difficult than she ever expected…but her friend and ally, Conan the Barbarian could be her biggest threat yet! Written by Roy Thomas and Bruce Jones, The Adventures of Red Sonja—Volume 1 is a Dynamite reprint of Marvel Comics’ Marvel Feature (Volume 2). The issues feature art by Dick Giordano and Frank Thorne. Red Sonja was a movie to me before she was a comic book character. The Conan the Barbarian movies were big when I was young, and Red Sonja (1985) was the natural spin-off film (although Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the film isn’t Conan). It is fun to go back and read early Red Sonja comics to see how this cultural icon started and evolved. Red Sonja (in theory) was created by Robert E. Howard. Howard wrote “The Shadow of the Vulture” for The Magic Carpet Magazine (January 1934) and introduced a character called Red Sonya of Rogatino. Roy Thomas adapted the Red Sonja character for the Conan the Barbarian comic as kind of an opposite and foil for Conan and changed the character…but in turn created a character far more memorable than Howard’s creation. Red Sonja really does feel like the female version of Conan the Barbarian in both good and bad ways. The character makes a big deal about only being interested in an equal (aka someone who can best her in battle) and fighting the stereotype that a woman isn’t a warrior…while wearing an iron bikini. It is a contrast that really doesn’t make much sense, but Red Sonja is a rather strong character, and she is in some ways more approachable and readable than some of Conan comics. She also has the same Conan faults in that she constantly seems to pick the wrong people to work for (though her character seems brighter than that which makes her seem more fallible than she should). This collection of Red Sonja is a nice start to the character. Dynamite used the basis of Red Sonja for their own comic, and it has helped really develop the character even more as an icon. The character feels like a direct influence on warriors that followed her (including Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones), and her character is allowed to be feminine and strong at the same time…something that feels a bit unique for the genre at the time. The collection ends on a cliffhanger and continues in The Adventures of Red Sonja—Volume 2.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Matthew J.

    This is fine, I guess. Red Sonja is weird. She's not really connected to Red Sonya from the actual writings of Robert E. Howard. She's pretty much a creation of Marvel Comics to expand on the comic universe of their successful Conan comics. She's a redhead because Conan's other two major female characters (who are from the original stories) have black and blonde hair. Also, I can't really get over her stupid costume. As if the comic version of Conan always wearing the tattered all-weather loincl This is fine, I guess. Red Sonja is weird. She's not really connected to Red Sonya from the actual writings of Robert E. Howard. She's pretty much a creation of Marvel Comics to expand on the comic universe of their successful Conan comics. She's a redhead because Conan's other two major female characters (who are from the original stories) have black and blonde hair. Also, I can't really get over her stupid costume. As if the comic version of Conan always wearing the tattered all-weather loincloth wasn't silly enough, they put Sonja in a chain mail bikini with big shoulder pads. It just looks dumb. It's always looked dumb. It's not even that I have a problem with skin. I don't. But it looks stupid. This is also Roy Thomas writing in the Stan Lee style of tell, show, and tell some more. Way, way, way too much text on a page with extremely wordy dialog as well as tons of tons of bulky captions. If there had been like 80% less text, not only would it have read smoother, but there would have been room for the art to be less cramped. Like Marvel's run of Conan comics, I want to like this more than I do. There are moments, images, hints of ideas that make me think this could have been really good. It really isn't, though. And unlike some of the Savage Sword of Conan comics, the art isn't good enough to make up for the lackluster writing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matej

    Well, this was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be. Simple, self contained stories that are basically a less interesting version of Conan with a female lead is a pretty accurate description of this first volume of Red Sonja. The art is good enough, except for the first issue of the collection which has superb art. Overall, this is a great starting point for future Red Sonja fans, but honestly I think I would rather stick with Conan.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John

    Not too bad, basically conan with a female protagonist

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Fun and entertaining, perhaps typical run of the mill but nevertheless interesting to see Sonja’s start.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John Smith

    The first Red Sonja marvel stories. Absolute classics of Sword and Sorcery. Beautiful art good stories. I can't wait to finish the rest of the series. The first Red Sonja marvel stories. Absolute classics of Sword and Sorcery. Beautiful art good stories. I can't wait to finish the rest of the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    The stories are a classic Marvel affair. Anyone familiar with an older style of comic writing will be pleasantly surprised that they have held up after almost 40 years. Red Sonja is still as fun as it was back in 1975. The art, however, is a more complicated issue. I'm sure you've read other reviews and/or complaints about it. Dynamite didn't take much care in he reproduction of these stories, regardless of how "remastered" hey claim to be. The art is sloppily colored, the text bubbles hastily re The stories are a classic Marvel affair. Anyone familiar with an older style of comic writing will be pleasantly surprised that they have held up after almost 40 years. Red Sonja is still as fun as it was back in 1975. The art, however, is a more complicated issue. I'm sure you've read other reviews and/or complaints about it. Dynamite didn't take much care in he reproduction of these stories, regardless of how "remastered" hey claim to be. The art is sloppily colored, the text bubbles hastily recreated, and the art muddied to near obscurity. If it weren't for the extremely high (but justified) price tag of the Frank Thorne Master Editions, I would have saved myself the headache and bought those instead. Regardless, if these reprints of the old Marvel adventures ever come to your possesion (they are mostly out of print), give them a read. If you can get past the unfortunate reproduction, they are famtastic stories to be enjoyed by many a fan of Rdd Sonja and Conan the Barbarian. Five stars for the original story, one star removed for bad color treatment, and another removed for sloppy lettering over the original hand-lettered text.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Have never been big on Conan or those types of characters, but can't say I didn't have a crush on Red Sonja growing up, so I picked this up just to see if I'd like it beyond her skimpy chain-mail bikini. Immediately, Frank Thornes art really grabbed me, and the stories were actually quite entertaining. Not something I'm going to run out and buy everything of, but definitely convinced me that I'll be back for more. Have never been big on Conan or those types of characters, but can't say I didn't have a crush on Red Sonja growing up, so I picked this up just to see if I'd like it beyond her skimpy chain-mail bikini. Immediately, Frank Thornes art really grabbed me, and the stories were actually quite entertaining. Not something I'm going to run out and buy everything of, but definitely convinced me that I'll be back for more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Schwan

    The first 7 issues of Red Sonja as a standalone character. Stories are OK, pulp in content. Graphics so-so, text hard to read. Each story has basic plotline: Red Sonja stumbles into some town, trouble ensues, she battles with something/someone, she is victorious.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Great classic Sonja! She's sassy and doesn't take crap from no man. Great classic Sonja! She's sassy and doesn't take crap from no man.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Billy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Cookson

  18. 5 out of 5

    J.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Blake

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Wilkins

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marko

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elliot Huxtable

  23. 4 out of 5

    Peter

  24. 4 out of 5

    J.O.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monika

  27. 4 out of 5

    Duncan Rice

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Busto

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

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