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Collects all of Gail Simone's amazing work on Red Sonja in one beautiful oversized volume. Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude! Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect... even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Collects all of Gail Simone's amazing work on Red Sonja in one beautiful oversized volume. Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude! Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect... even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Dark Annisia, and how has this fearsome warrior accomplished what no god nor demon has been able to do: force Sonja to her knees in surrender? An epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance, Queen of the Plagues takes Red Sonja from the depths of her own grave to the heights of battlefield glory.


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Collects all of Gail Simone's amazing work on Red Sonja in one beautiful oversized volume. Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude! Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect... even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Collects all of Gail Simone's amazing work on Red Sonja in one beautiful oversized volume. Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude! Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, intends to pay back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect... even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths! Who is Dark Annisia, and how has this fearsome warrior accomplished what no god nor demon has been able to do: force Sonja to her knees in surrender? An epic tale of blood, lust, and vengeance, Queen of the Plagues takes Red Sonja from the depths of her own grave to the heights of battlefield glory.

55 review for The Complete Gail Simone Red Sonja Oversized

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanja

    This is the spoiler free review of Red Sonja by Gail Simone. This run includes issues 1-18. If you would like to read the spoiler full review and fully experience Sonja's crass heroism please visit https://amanjareads.com/2020/02/20/re... Red Sonja is a barbarian warrior who is as badass as she is half naked. She rides a horse in a chain-mail bikini and doesn't care that you think it's impractical. She drinks, she kills, she desperately wants to get laid (and is apparently pansexual which is prett This is the spoiler free review of Red Sonja by Gail Simone. This run includes issues 1-18. If you would like to read the spoiler full review and fully experience Sonja's crass heroism please visit https://amanjareads.com/2020/02/20/re... Red Sonja is a barbarian warrior who is as badass as she is half naked. She rides a horse in a chain-mail bikini and doesn't care that you think it's impractical. She drinks, she kills, she desperately wants to get laid (and is apparently pansexual which is pretty neat), but she doesn't bathe so that last one has been more challenging than she expected. Red Sonja is an unapologetic female protagonist. She does not need to fit into your mold of what modern feminism looks like, she's just who she is. And I like her all the more for that. This large collection of Gail Simone's run of Red Sonja follows three main arcs. Each is an exciting adventure story that puts Red Sonja in a predictable path of action with a couple deviations to be thought provoking of what it means to maintain humanity in a dark and violent world. Adventure fantasy is not my favorite genre, nor is medieval period violence. If these are your thing then you'll probably like Red Sonja even more than I did. I just get tired of the whole random pieces of magic popping up when it's convenient. Overall though Red Sonja is a fun, coherent collection that serves as a great introduction to the character. I had never read anything of hers before and did not need to in order to understand and follow this one. I really like being able to pick up a single run of comic books and be able to read it alone. There is no mandatory previous reading here and the book has an actual conclusion to the plot lines so you do not need to read 100 issues afterwards either. An absolute rarity in comics. I definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a new hero to follow. She is badass, strong, beautiful, and at times very funny. She also never slows down, even is she's sick or dead or asleep or injured. She's always fighting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    This was raucous, barbaric fun with a "Fierce Fem" edge! Nice last read of the decade. This was raucous, barbaric fun with a "Fierce Fem" edge! Nice last read of the decade.

  3. 4 out of 5

    sassafrass

    i like ladies wielding swords what can i say

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tim Chmielewski

    Still reading this, but quite a weighty tome and well worth having a look at as you can pick it up and put it down. I would put this up with the Aliens vs Predator collection as one of my favourites of the year. Big Arnie famously makes his staff watch the movie of Red Sonja if they do something wrong, an animated version of this would be great though.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    This was uniformly awesome. Sonja in Simone's hands is a surly, gross, violent killing machine with grit and depth she's never had before, and the time she's in is brutal and twisted. These tales within read like classic Howard, but you know; smarter. The art here is in harmony with the story, and the story sings like a thirsty blade clearing a leather scabbard. Gail Simone has spoiled the Devil for me; I'm not sure I'd be enthusiastic about anyone else helming her destiny. Please read aloud to This was uniformly awesome. Sonja in Simone's hands is a surly, gross, violent killing machine with grit and depth she's never had before, and the time she's in is brutal and twisted. These tales within read like classic Howard, but you know; smarter. The art here is in harmony with the story, and the story sings like a thirsty blade clearing a leather scabbard. Gail Simone has spoiled the Devil for me; I'm not sure I'd be enthusiastic about anyone else helming her destiny. Please read aloud to impressionable minds who need swords & sorcery.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rituraj Kashyap

    Rating Distribution: Queen of Plagues - 3/5 The Art of Blood and Fire - 3.5/5 The Forgiving of Monsters - 4/5 Average rating - 3.5/5, rounded off to 4 stars. Really wanted to like this one. Had heard so much of this run, but couldn't get into it. Loved the art though, as well as the bonus cover gallery at the end. A 3 star read, but rounding 3.5 off to 4 because of the excellent illustrations. Rating Distribution: Queen of Plagues - 3/5 The Art of Blood and Fire - 3.5/5 The Forgiving of Monsters - 4/5 Average rating - 3.5/5, rounded off to 4 stars. Really wanted to like this one. Had heard so much of this run, but couldn't get into it. Loved the art though, as well as the bonus cover gallery at the end. A 3 star read, but rounding 3.5 off to 4 because of the excellent illustrations.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    Simone gets rid of all the illogical, vaguely S/M, cheesecake elements of the Red Sonja mythos and creates a compelling action heroine. Really quite good!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Gender-swapping a sloppy-drunk, crass, revenge-driven warrior does not a feminist icon make. But sometimes gender swapping enough leads to create representation (my goodness, women take up as much space as men in the world!), and having something pass the Bechtel test simply by virtue of women standing around discussing the same things that men do, is revolutionary enough (especially in comics). That being said, I didn't see anything to gain from reading this in 2019/2020 rather than just watchi Gender-swapping a sloppy-drunk, crass, revenge-driven warrior does not a feminist icon make. But sometimes gender swapping enough leads to create representation (my goodness, women take up as much space as men in the world!), and having something pass the Bechtel test simply by virtue of women standing around discussing the same things that men do, is revolutionary enough (especially in comics). That being said, I didn't see anything to gain from reading this in 2019/2020 rather than just watching Xena Warrior Princess 20 years ago.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I picked this up because it was Gail Simone. While chainmail bikinis were never my thing, this uses them sparingly and DAMN do I like her Red Sonja - a woman who is often better than she wants to be and earns loyalty often despite herself. But also, one hundred percent is killing you and enjoying it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brian S

    OVERALL RATING: 5 stars (9 out of 10) Art: 5 stars Writing Style/Quality: 5 stars Plot: 4 stars Pacing: 5 stars Characterization: 5 stars World Building: 4

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashe Catlin

    This is actually my second review of this, Goodreads deleted the first one due to me changing editions, which I didn't know it did. Anyway on with the review, Gail Simone writing is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand her Red Sonja is simply amazing but her Batgirl, well it needs work. Red Sonja, Vol. 1: Queen of Plagues Red Sonja is tasked with defeating a plague that is threatening a kingdom, whilst trying to do that she comes across a warrior from her past. This was a really good in to Red Son This is actually my second review of this, Goodreads deleted the first one due to me changing editions, which I didn't know it did. Anyway on with the review, Gail Simone writing is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand her Red Sonja is simply amazing but her Batgirl, well it needs work. Red Sonja, Vol. 1: Queen of Plagues Red Sonja is tasked with defeating a plague that is threatening a kingdom, whilst trying to do that she comes across a warrior from her past. This was a really good in to Red Sonja, I actually read this the first time it came out in singles. There are a few twists sprinkles throughout, the bulk of it is getting to know about Red Sonja. I did have a few problems with how this ended, as it felt like there were a few ass pulls. (view spoiler)[ Like an evil king being behind everything, even though he only showed up in one panel, that fact that the guy who created the plague saved Red Sonja from dying, why would you save the person your trying to kill. (hide spoiler)] Red Sonja, Vol. 2: The Art of Blood and Fire Sonja is requested to get the 6 wonders of the world, to a dying kings party. In exchange for the lives of all of his slaves, this is a standard quest story. the first few issues focus on finding each wonder, which all comes together in the end nicely. Easily the best story in the omnibus, however the ending was a little naff. It is essentially the same as the one prior, although I liked the way it handed Red Sonja a lot more. Red Sonja #0 An interlude between the action, it's a humorous love story. Red Sonja, Vol. 3: The Forgiving of Monsters Back to the action, this time she comes face to face with a wizard. Not that it will stop her, this didn't play out the way I thought it would which was kind of nice. Thinking about it, the ending of this one wasn't solid either but I think that was down to it becoming a bit too comic booky and predictable. Red Sonja #17 That being said I think issue 16 wrapped up the story very nice, it felt like a definitive ending. The next 2 issues feel very tacked on as if Gail had a mandate that she had to meet, thus we get 2 more issues. It's that or she wanted to end the series on a meta ending, which again was a nice tough but could of easily been fitted into the last volume. I had a few minor gripes with it but as a whole I bloody love it, it was awesome a must for any Red Sonja fan.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Recommended by Jared Shurin, who has more hits than misses. Recommended by Shurin as a rollicking sword-and-sorcery tale without a lot of ick. So (the argument goes), Sonja is not just here for boys to gaze at, as she is in worse works featuring her. (Also: rather than have the standard of Howard days, where X nation full of dark-skinned people is known for Y and Z traits, this version shows people from all different lands acting in all different ways. Except maybe for the swamp cannibals, who a Recommended by Jared Shurin, who has more hits than misses. Recommended by Shurin as a rollicking sword-and-sorcery tale without a lot of ick. So (the argument goes), Sonja is not just here for boys to gaze at, as she is in worse works featuring her. (Also: rather than have the standard of Howard days, where X nation full of dark-skinned people is known for Y and Z traits, this version shows people from all different lands acting in all different ways. Except maybe for the swamp cannibals, who are pretty homogenous.) And yeah, it is fun -- particularly the middle arc where Sonja has to gather the six best artisans for a dying emperor's last party so that he will free his slaves -- but also gets a little repetitive. Which is not surprising: Sonja, like Conan, is what an iconic hero, not a dramatic hero. That is, she doesn't change a lot, but rather keeps changing the world by enforcing her ethos. So Conan, through brawn and barbaric innocence, defeats decadent sorcerers and conspirators. So here, Sonja, through indomitable will and savagery, is the Curse of the Hyrkanians, striking down bad people and saving as many innocents and common people. (And also common animals.) Which can be a little repetitive when gobbled in collected form. Howard gets away with this (mostly) by showing Conan in some different stages of his life: thief, warrior, pirate, mercenary, king. So we see how Conan defeats conspirators (with his axe!) and how he defeats pirates (with his axe!) and how he defeats sorcerers (with...). Yeah, he mostly has one mode, but the scenario changes around him. Here, honestly, there's a little too much of "Sonja protects X" -- a kingdom from an enemy agent, a town from a mad sorcerer, a library from an evil queen. Which is probably why the second arc -- Sonja collects artisans -- sticks out so much, not just different from the other arcs, but itself full of Sonja in different situations. Fun still, but maybe pace yourself.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James

    3.5 stars. I’ll break this down to the three acts. 4 stars for act 1. This was the best arc. We get the tragic background as to how she became Red Sonja the Devil. We also get some great characters here. I loved her “bodyguards” Nias and Ayla. Those two were awesome. Plus I liked her sister from the fighting pits, Annisia. This story showed the most bad ass version of Red Sonja, banished away but comes back with a vengeance. 3 stars for act 2. Here Sonja is charged with going out and finding thes 3.5 stars. I’ll break this down to the three acts. 4 stars for act 1. This was the best arc. We get the tragic background as to how she became Red Sonja the Devil. We also get some great characters here. I loved her “bodyguards” Nias and Ayla. Those two were awesome. Plus I liked her sister from the fighting pits, Annisia. This story showed the most bad ass version of Red Sonja, banished away but comes back with a vengeance. 3 stars for act 2. Here Sonja is charged with going out and finding these six people who are the best in their fields, a chef, a swordsman etc etc. this was at the request of a king who is dying and wants to throw one last party. In order to get Sonja to do this task, he promises her he will free his one thousand slaves. While this was a cool story idea and had some cool adventures, it lost some of the bad ass Sonja allure. It seemed little too current like a sex & the city episode as it didn’t make me feel we were in the sword and sandal era like the first arc. But still decent. 3.5 stars for act 3. Here Red Sonja gets her bad ass persona back and you get that feeling that she is not one to be trifled with again. Here I also feel like we are back in the era this comic is supposed to reside in. Sonja is brought in to take out this sorcerer who has been terrorizing the neighboring town. Which after doing so brings his brother in looking for revenge. The second part has Sonja protecting these nuns at this tower that is a great library. There were a lot of people Sonja befriended, helped and saved throughout this book and all of it comes back full circle which makes for a nice ending.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sally Kilpatrick

    This omnibus was exactly what I needed to get me through quarantine. Heck, the book even starts with a plague. Bless Gail Simone for creating a diverse world that's full of women. I am here for a wine drinking, carousing warrior woman. This omnibus was exactly what I needed to get me through quarantine. Heck, the book even starts with a plague. Bless Gail Simone for creating a diverse world that's full of women. I am here for a wine drinking, carousing warrior woman.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Smith

    Great sword and sorcery comics. The She-Devil with the sword is back in fine fashion written as a fantastically strong female character.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I knew next to nothing about Red Sonja beyond that old movie, the chain mail bikini, and the association with Conan the Barbarian (a movie I find too bleak to much enjoy). I checked this out because I like what I’ve read by Gail Simone. She didn’t disappoint. I had a great time reading this. Red Sonja kicks ass and has a lot of heart. There’s plenty of action and it’s balanced with enough emotion to make it satisfying. The art is pretty solid, too. Best of all, it didn’t feel like exploitation. S I knew next to nothing about Red Sonja beyond that old movie, the chain mail bikini, and the association with Conan the Barbarian (a movie I find too bleak to much enjoy). I checked this out because I like what I’ve read by Gail Simone. She didn’t disappoint. I had a great time reading this. Red Sonja kicks ass and has a lot of heart. There’s plenty of action and it’s balanced with enough emotion to make it satisfying. The art is pretty solid, too. Best of all, it didn’t feel like exploitation. She’s still mostly naked, and all, but she owns it. It’s part of her character and it makes sense (there are occasional jokes or references that help). I had checked this out from the library and liked it enough I’ll be getting my own copy. Heroic women, FTW!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Baugh

    What an utter delight this was! The covers are the classic stupid cheesecake; inside, the stories are wonderfully crafted, thoughtful, appropriately melodramatic tales of barbarian adventure, beautifully illustrated. I can hardly recommend this highly enough to people who enjoy sword and sorcery comics.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    What a fun, silly adventure while still being heartfelt and showing that all people have worth. I'm new to Red Sonja, but I think people can still be fine with her wearing a chain mail bikini, since Simone never uses it to flaunt her body. What a fun, silly adventure while still being heartfelt and showing that all people have worth. I'm new to Red Sonja, but I think people can still be fine with her wearing a chain mail bikini, since Simone never uses it to flaunt her body.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heather Troglin

    I am new to Red Sonja. I wasn't sure if I wanted to make a commitment to a book this big, but I'm damn glad I did. It was funny, sexy, and even emotional. I loved the dialogue and story lines. Bad guys getting their asses kicked by a smoking hot grumpy she-devil. Gail is becoming one of my favorite writers. She loves the quirky and absurd and will make fun of a genre of trope without apologies. I will continue to sing this book's praises. . I am new to Red Sonja. I wasn't sure if I wanted to make a commitment to a book this big, but I'm damn glad I did. It was funny, sexy, and even emotional. I loved the dialogue and story lines. Bad guys getting their asses kicked by a smoking hot grumpy she-devil. Gail is becoming one of my favorite writers. She loves the quirky and absurd and will make fun of a genre of trope without apologies. I will continue to sing this book's praises. .

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    Gail Freaking Simone is a master. She is just showing off here.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Josh Simons

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sonja is a reluctant leader, brutal warrior with a vengeance, likes to drink every chance she gets, is in desperate need of a bath, wants the physical comforts of sex without a relationship and gets turned down almost constantly. She is basically a man in a fantasy woman's body. Sonja is a reluctant leader, brutal warrior with a vengeance, likes to drink every chance she gets, is in desperate need of a bath, wants the physical comforts of sex without a relationship and gets turned down almost constantly. She is basically a man in a fantasy woman's body.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sally Epp

    Soooooo good!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dubzor

    It's Gail Simone writing Red Sonja...of course it's brilliant. It's Gail Simone writing Red Sonja...of course it's brilliant.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Quinn

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marcos

  26. 5 out of 5

    Thaddeus Fortney

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daphne Palaiologina

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed Ahmed

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cady

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathie Koop

  31. 4 out of 5

    David Lomas

  32. 4 out of 5

    Percy Bell

  33. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  34. 5 out of 5

    Robert Glover

  35. 4 out of 5

    Philipp

  36. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  37. 4 out of 5

    Kristan

  38. 4 out of 5

    May

  39. 4 out of 5

    Zypher X.

  40. 4 out of 5

    Brian Olson

  41. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  42. 4 out of 5

    Omnibuster

  43. 4 out of 5

    Rickey

  44. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  45. 5 out of 5

    Arnisador

  46. 5 out of 5

    Christian

  47. 4 out of 5

    awesomepak

  48. 5 out of 5

    Anton

  49. 5 out of 5

    John Huynh

  50. 4 out of 5

    Yonatan Lupo

  51. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

  52. 4 out of 5

    Kyne Anderson

  53. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  54. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  55. 4 out of 5

    Brian McGuire

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