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Across the plains of Hyrkania, a message sweeps through the scattered peoples of the nation. Bells ring, horns blow, voices shout -- the King is dying! Red Sonja rides to save the King from his doom as the powers of Hyboria crowd around to strike when the kingdom is weakest. But a dread new power rises from within Hyrkania's own borders, bent on defending its homeland... n Across the plains of Hyrkania, a message sweeps through the scattered peoples of the nation. Bells ring, horns blow, voices shout -- the King is dying! Red Sonja rides to save the King from his doom as the powers of Hyboria crowd around to strike when the kingdom is weakest. But a dread new power rises from within Hyrkania's own borders, bent on defending its homeland... no matter the cost, no matter what its people become. A defining chapter of the Red Sonja saga, dark, clever, vicious, and funny, as the She-Devil with a Sword must stop the rise of a brutal new regime: her own people!


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Across the plains of Hyrkania, a message sweeps through the scattered peoples of the nation. Bells ring, horns blow, voices shout -- the King is dying! Red Sonja rides to save the King from his doom as the powers of Hyboria crowd around to strike when the kingdom is weakest. But a dread new power rises from within Hyrkania's own borders, bent on defending its homeland... n Across the plains of Hyrkania, a message sweeps through the scattered peoples of the nation. Bells ring, horns blow, voices shout -- the King is dying! Red Sonja rides to save the King from his doom as the powers of Hyboria crowd around to strike when the kingdom is weakest. But a dread new power rises from within Hyrkania's own borders, bent on defending its homeland... no matter the cost, no matter what its people become. A defining chapter of the Red Sonja saga, dark, clever, vicious, and funny, as the She-Devil with a Sword must stop the rise of a brutal new regime: her own people!

30 review for Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Vote: ☆☆ 1/2 A few good ideas like Sonja giving up Hyrkania's dying king's offer because of her fear of turning the kingdom into her brothel and the three metal bikini cladrealones, like previous one from Gail Simone, I'm still more a fan of character's classic version than this new take of it making the she-devil with a sword just a male version of Conan the Barbarian, with her thinking about making orator Lyna a royal consort totally made me roll my eyes. And setting and its monsters seemed Vote: ☆☆ 1/2 A few good ideas like Sonja giving up Hyrkania's dying king's offer because of her fear of turning the kingdom into her brothel and the three metal bikini cladrealones, like previous one from Gail Simone, I'm still more a fan of character's classic version than this new take of it making the she-devil with a sword just a male version of Conan the Barbarian, with her thinking about making orator Lyna a royal consort totally made me roll my eyes. And setting and its monsters seemed to me again just a generic Dungeons and Dragons one: just look at that flaming Roc. Almost three stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Red Sonja passes up the throne to Hyrkania and returns a year later to find Hyrkania thriving. But things aren't quite what they seem and Sonja must overthrow the new king. OK, but not as good as Gail Simone's run. It was kind of boring and the whole thing with the Roc was pointless. Received an advance copy from Dynamite and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Red Sonja passes up the throne to Hyrkania and returns a year later to find Hyrkania thriving. But things aren't quite what they seem and Sonja must overthrow the new king. OK, but not as good as Gail Simone's run. It was kind of boring and the whole thing with the Roc was pointless. Received an advance copy from Dynamite and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This is one I've had sitting around for a few years. I got it right when I was burning out on comics (or just burning out in general???). I read it last night, and I'm so glad I finally did. I remember why I love Marguerite Bennett as much as I do. It was a wonderful first-comic-in-a-long-time, and it was just a wonderful book. This is one I've had sitting around for a few years. I got it right when I was burning out on comics (or just burning out in general???). I read it last night, and I'm so glad I finally did. I remember why I love Marguerite Bennett as much as I do. It was a wonderful first-comic-in-a-long-time, and it was just a wonderful book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne' by Marguerite Bennett with art by Aneke and Marguerite Sauvage tells a pretty good tale of the red-headed warrior who isn't afraid of a fight. When the king of Hyrkania falls ill, he offers his throne to Sonja. She has a thought about what kind of ruler she would be and runs the other way. She decides to support whatever new king is put on the throne and to protect the kingdom, but the new king brings peace and prosperity and Red Sonja becomes bored. Then things cha 'Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne' by Marguerite Bennett with art by Aneke and Marguerite Sauvage tells a pretty good tale of the red-headed warrior who isn't afraid of a fight. When the king of Hyrkania falls ill, he offers his throne to Sonja. She has a thought about what kind of ruler she would be and runs the other way. She decides to support whatever new king is put on the throne and to protect the kingdom, but the new king brings peace and prosperity and Red Sonja becomes bored. Then things change. Drama and songs seem to be saying things and the new king may not be as good as everyone thinks. I really liked this story. There was a good mix of drama and humor. I really liked the art as well. I was a little less crazy about the new king's motives and methods, but it introduced some interesting plot elements. I'd like to read more of these stories by this team. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Dynamite Entertainment, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    This is a pretty good story that combines humor with violence with the power of propaganda. The last one's effects are a bit rushed, but it's there. Sonja and a king try to fight it with a sword while a supporting character proves the well-known adage 'the pen is mightier than the sword'. The Hyrkanian king is dying. He offers his throne to Sonja, but she refuses, convinced she would be corrupted by power. The new king is enlightened and brings joy and security to the realm. So much so that Sonja This is a pretty good story that combines humor with violence with the power of propaganda. The last one's effects are a bit rushed, but it's there. Sonja and a king try to fight it with a sword while a supporting character proves the well-known adage 'the pen is mightier than the sword'. The Hyrkanian king is dying. He offers his throne to Sonja, but she refuses, convinced she would be corrupted by power. The new king is enlightened and brings joy and security to the realm. So much so that Sonja finds herself out of a job with no adventures to be had. It all changes when she finds that a company named the Black Talons led by general Taerga is punishing people who refuse to join the army. The people are brainwashed into being zealous supporters of the king, willing to kill anyone who oppose him, even a young actress and foreigner named Midyan who refuses to play along in the sharade and is hated for her Keshan heritage. Midyan, Sonja and the resistance will oppose the king, but a head-on attack is far from being the best option. They will need the people on their side. (view spoiler)[Savas was the young merchant Sonja protected years before. He was chosen to be the new king. Their past friendship emboldens Savas to ask her hand in marriage, but Sonja refuses, thinking him a tyrant. Raka the assassin is sent after Sonja. The king doesn't know that Raka and Sonja are friends. Raka advises Sonja to run away. The king's plans are to start a war with his neighbors, but he is obsessed with Sonja. He sends three Sonja look-a-likes to fetch her. They kill Raka and take Midyan captive. Midyan offers to write a play about Kanara, one of Sonja look-a-likes, in which she is presented as the real Sonja who allies herself with the king. This would disgrace Sonja. The play has an effect unforseen by the king, when the people renounce the hatred of their neighbors seeded by the king's propaganda. Sonja tames the Roc, a giant Phoenix-like creature, and helps the resistance fight the king. She punishes both the king and Kanara. The latter manages a final, fatal blow to Sonja. Thankfully, the Roc heals her. She finally understands the goal of Midyan's play when the people rise up against the king and replace him with the leader of the resistance. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne is a gripping book with Sonja doing what has made her famous writing wrongs and injustices throughout Hyrkania! :D At the same time the books is laced throughout with actions and adventure that takes Sonja all over her homeland and beyond! :D At the same time the book is laced with humour her reaction to the changes that she comes across are hilarious! :D At the same time though the book takes a look at what the price of giving up liberties for what on the surface is Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne is a gripping book with Sonja doing what has made her famous writing wrongs and injustices throughout Hyrkania! :D At the same time the books is laced throughout with actions and adventure that takes Sonja all over her homeland and beyond! :D At the same time the book is laced with humour her reaction to the changes that she comes across are hilarious! :D At the same time though the book takes a look at what the price of giving up liberties for what on the surface is a prosperous state so throughout makes many a political statement that ring with parallels to be had! :D Throughout the art style is clear and dynamic giving the script a dynamism as the script literally and metaphorically rams the script home! :D Through the art subtle makes Sonja stand out from those around her to the point where she is literally portrayed as the legend that the other characters reckon she is! :D Sonja's confrontation with 'King' Savas is also handled in a atypical manner that is not what you would expect and the twists and turns keep coming throughout the book! :D Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne keeps you on the edge of the seat throughout and will keep you guessing as the writers keep through unexpected twists on a constant basis! :D Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne clever, fast-paced, a roller coaster ride and action packed! :D Brilliant and highly recommended! :D

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beelzefuzz

    This felt like a 2 as I was reading it, but I give it an extra star because I could sense that there were winks to the camera showing me that it was flipping the script on some old lore I was not privy to. Perhaps this was a terrible choice for my first Red Sonja book. I did not care about most of the characters or how they related to the land. I was a bit confused at times, but that may be a byproduct of not caring. Sonja's final fight had some okay imagery. Nothing before that was very well po This felt like a 2 as I was reading it, but I give it an extra star because I could sense that there were winks to the camera showing me that it was flipping the script on some old lore I was not privy to. Perhaps this was a terrible choice for my first Red Sonja book. I did not care about most of the characters or how they related to the land. I was a bit confused at times, but that may be a byproduct of not caring. Sonja's final fight had some okay imagery. Nothing before that was very well portrayed action and the intrigue was not very intriguing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karline05 Un brin de lecture

    http://www.unbrindelecture.com/2018/0... Une agréable rencontre pour ma part avec une héroïne charismatique , belle et violente. Cette saga de comics d'héroïc fantasy est captivante . Elle reprend les classiques du genre avec un univers moyen-âgeux riche et coloré et une intrigue terriblement actuel. J'ai toujours eu un faible pour les héroïnes qui en imposent et indéniablement Red Sonja sait se faire respecter !!! http://www.unbrindelecture.com/2018/0... Une agréable rencontre pour ma part avec une héroïne charismatique , belle et violente. Cette saga de comics d'héroïc fantasy est captivante . Elle reprend les classiques du genre avec un univers moyen-âgeux riche et coloré et une intrigue terriblement actuel. J'ai toujours eu un faible pour les héroïnes qui en imposent et indéniablement Red Sonja sait se faire respecter !!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Hamilton

    Leave it to Marguerite Bennett to make even Red Sonja relevant and contemporary. The parallels drawn between the story's main villain and the fascist demagogue currently squatting in the White House are impossible to ignore. The themes of inclusivity and resistance to tyranny are a timely reminder to stay united in defence of freedom. Leave it to Marguerite Bennett to make even Red Sonja relevant and contemporary. The parallels drawn between the story's main villain and the fascist demagogue currently squatting in the White House are impossible to ignore. The themes of inclusivity and resistance to tyranny are a timely reminder to stay united in defence of freedom.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Brown

    Its ok, but I prefer gail simones and walter geovanni's run Its ok, but I prefer gail simones and walter geovanni's run

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zachariah

    Enjoyable. Slicey stuff. Sonja being Sonja. Best part was her being offered to be Queen and she just imagines how she'd ruin the country with orgy after orgy. Gotta like someone who's honest. Enjoyable. Slicey stuff. Sonja being Sonja. Best part was her being offered to be Queen and she just imagines how she'd ruin the country with orgy after orgy. Gotta like someone who's honest.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Timo

    This was way too much girlie-girl fantasy version of Red Sonja for my taste. Both in story-wise and art-wise.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    I thought Red Sonja couldn't get better than it was during Gail Simone's run. Turns out, it can! I thought Red Sonja couldn't get better than it was during Gail Simone's run. Turns out, it can!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Franco

    When the king is dying he wants to make Sonja his heir; the redhead earns my everlasting respect by refusing the throne. The guy who does take over has made everyone safe, so now she’s bored. But after she dreams about how she could have been queen—and previous lovers—she wakes to find a family fleeing from conscription and finally finds a fight. It turns out the guy who wanted to win her with riches is now king, and he still doesn’t get why she says no. When another former boyfriend—she’s a red When the king is dying he wants to make Sonja his heir; the redhead earns my everlasting respect by refusing the throne. The guy who does take over has made everyone safe, so now she’s bored. But after she dreams about how she could have been queen—and previous lovers—she wakes to find a family fleeing from conscription and finally finds a fight. It turns out the guy who wanted to win her with riches is now king, and he still doesn’t get why she says no. When another former boyfriend—she’s a redhead, she gets around—is too smitten with her to bring her in, the new king sends three other redheads—who look a lot more like classic Sonja than the legend herself—to hunt her down. Later she has a long battle with a flaming roc, and makes it her pet. Though Sonja looks overdressed compared to previous incarnations, her costume is still impractical for sword fighting. She also looks like she’s wearing a ton of makeup or has been airbrushed, whereas before she had a much more earthy beauty. Still, the close-up of her green eye. . . wow. This is drawn a little more flamboyantly than most, but no big deal. She also doesn’t take kindly to all her exes being mentioned. “Not the time for comedy. Got it. Sorry, I do that.” Another great sequence: “Death before failing King—” “Oh shut up.” Glad there’s plenty of humor here to lighten up what is at heart a pretty depressing story. And it’s great that no one comments on the fact she’s bisexual. Ho-hum. The two most important lines, describing her perfectly: “I am not a queen, I am not a goddess. . . I am Sonja!” And “She bettered the people she came across.” There’s 15 pages of extras at the end, like covers. 3.5 pushed up to 4/5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Albert

    Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne by Marguerite Bennett is an awesome little series featuring everyone's favorite She Devil. What is so good about this series is that it takes Red Sonja back to her roots and the series doesn't try to be gimmicky in any way. This is blade on blade, blood soaked and sexy in the way that Red Sonja began and should have always remained. The King of Hyrkania is dying and despite the efforts of his Queen and the people who love him, it is inevitable. Even the efforts of Red Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne by Marguerite Bennett is an awesome little series featuring everyone's favorite She Devil. What is so good about this series is that it takes Red Sonja back to her roots and the series doesn't try to be gimmicky in any way. This is blade on blade, blood soaked and sexy in the way that Red Sonja began and should have always remained. The King of Hyrkania is dying and despite the efforts of his Queen and the people who love him, it is inevitable. Even the efforts of Red Sonja will come to naught. He offers her the crown to lead his people but she refuses, knowing full well she is not meant to rule. She leaves Hyrkania to adventures far away, but returns home with a longing and sadness in her heart. What she finds is a country transformed. A new power has arisen in the country from within and it will defend its homeland at any cost, to its people and to itself. This new power promises safety and comfort to its people but at the cost of their freedom. Any word against this new power is met swiftly with blade and blood. Red Sonja's homeland is not beset upon by powers from outside but from corruption within and she must fight to free her people, even if it means fighting them! Intentional or not, this comic makes a very real political statement of the loss of freedom to ensure safety and prosperity. Only what they will have is neither. The story is well written and the art work terrific as the very real political drama that plays out has Red Sonja battling to save her people and herself from a power that would subjugate them in the lie of protecting them. What I also loved about this book is that it brings the character of Red Sonja back to her roots. The rogue fighter who fights and loves at her whim and not at the beck and call of any man. When offered the crown she is at once tempted but knows herself too well and what kind of Queen she would be. She knows her own nature and stays true to it. A thought provoking and very entertaining book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Casey

    Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne is a great story and a good comic volume to add to your library. We have a tale of two opposing forms of popular uprising, the reactionary populism of the new king and the radical populism of Red Sonja. The goal is political and not in some abstract sense, rather it is political in the everyday sense of just how one lives with and among others. Given our own nation’s current political climate where reactionary and radical populism have been the driving forces in the Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne is a great story and a good comic volume to add to your library. We have a tale of two opposing forms of popular uprising, the reactionary populism of the new king and the radical populism of Red Sonja. The goal is political and not in some abstract sense, rather it is political in the everyday sense of just how one lives with and among others. Given our own nation’s current political climate where reactionary and radical populism have been the driving forces in the presidential election, reading Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne is less escapist and more realist than I think the creators expected. Full review: https://misanthropester.com/2016/08/0...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Sobon

    This is going to be a short review, but there isn't much to say except that I loved every page of this book. The entire time I was reading this, I had a huge smile on my face. "Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne" is such an excellent read. I've absolutely loved Marguerite Bennett's work with Angela for Marvel, and I've actually had her take on Red Sonja on my to-read list for some time now, but it wasn't until I saw this collection available on NetGalley that I finally took the dive and devoured Bennet This is going to be a short review, but there isn't much to say except that I loved every page of this book. The entire time I was reading this, I had a huge smile on my face. "Red Sonja: The Falcon Throne" is such an excellent read. I've absolutely loved Marguerite Bennett's work with Angela for Marvel, and I've actually had her take on Red Sonja on my to-read list for some time now, but it wasn't until I saw this collection available on NetGalley that I finally took the dive and devoured Bennet's work with the character. This is easily one of my favorite collections of the year. It's that good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Red Sonja gave up the chance to be queen of Hyrkania. She grew to rue that choice when a former lover gains the throne and seeks to impress her by turning the kingdom into a tyranny that would sweep over all the neighboring kingdoms. Teaming up with actresses and philosophers, Red Sonja does her worst to keep her country from being a byword among the nations of the world. Plenty of fun, fights, and adventure keep the fame of Red Sonja spreading among fans.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I thought this was excellent! Nice art, funny script (I thought the use of small-text mutterings particularly effective!), and I liked the move away from the chainmail bikini for Red Sonja. Surprisingly topical themes too, with issues about the "will of the people" and being foreign-born. I couldn't work out if this was written before the Brexit referendum and Trump were a thing. If not, presciently topical! I thought this was excellent! Nice art, funny script (I thought the use of small-text mutterings particularly effective!), and I liked the move away from the chainmail bikini for Red Sonja. Surprisingly topical themes too, with issues about the "will of the people" and being foreign-born. I couldn't work out if this was written before the Brexit referendum and Trump were a thing. If not, presciently topical!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nore

    DNF at less than 30 pages after flipping through the entire thing - sure, Sonja is better-dressed, but they just found other ways to express their sexism. Still with the porn poses. Still with the chainmail bikinis, except this time, they're on the evil women! Oh, that makes it so much better! I'm disappointed - I had hope for this, and I was genuinely excited to read it, because I like the concept of Red Sonja, but... Same issue, different form. DNF at less than 30 pages after flipping through the entire thing - sure, Sonja is better-dressed, but they just found other ways to express their sexism. Still with the porn poses. Still with the chainmail bikinis, except this time, they're on the evil women! Oh, that makes it so much better! I'm disappointed - I had hope for this, and I was genuinely excited to read it, because I like the concept of Red Sonja, but... Same issue, different form.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I so wanted to like this graphic novel. I grew up watching and playing Red Sonja and Beast Master. (And recently super glad to find it on iTunes). I didn’t care for how all Sonja wanted to do was have sex and fight. In the movie she was fighting for her people, and here she is just board. Action starts happening ⅓ way though, but it doesn’t make up for a lack at the beginning.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    3.5 Stars. I didn't think this was quite as fun as Simone's run on the series, but it was still enjoyable. It's nice to see what female authors can do with a character like this - Sonia retains her personality, but isn't objectified. Received from NetGalley in exchange for review. 3.5 Stars. I didn't think this was quite as fun as Simone's run on the series, but it was still enjoyable. It's nice to see what female authors can do with a character like this - Sonia retains her personality, but isn't objectified. Received from NetGalley in exchange for review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    This was one of my favorite Red Sonja graphic novels or trades that I've read. The characters were great, with a lot of action. You felt for Sonja at the right times. Overall: Pretty good book here. I received an advanced copy of this from NetGalley.com and the publisher. This was one of my favorite Red Sonja graphic novels or trades that I've read. The characters were great, with a lot of action. You felt for Sonja at the right times. Overall: Pretty good book here. I received an advanced copy of this from NetGalley.com and the publisher.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I didn't like this as much as I liked Simone's take on the character. Yeah, it's great that they're moving away from the chainmail bikini, but Simone's Sonja was more layered and complex than Bennett's. I didn't like this as much as I liked Simone's take on the character. Yeah, it's great that they're moving away from the chainmail bikini, but Simone's Sonja was more layered and complex than Bennett's.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nay Denise

    Received an ARC through NetGalley. Awesome read. Awesome artwork, action packed and amazing. Red Sonja is definitely kickass!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Nelson

  27. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Forrisi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael Brown

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lakis Fourouklas

  30. 5 out of 5

    J.C. Loen

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