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Dynamite presents the first 18 issues of the acclaimed Red Sonja series in one massive omnibus, featuring the work of Mike Carey, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Pablo Marcos, Lee Moder, Stephen Sadowski, Michael Turner, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Joe Linsner, and many more.


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Dynamite presents the first 18 issues of the acclaimed Red Sonja series in one massive omnibus, featuring the work of Mike Carey, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Pablo Marcos, Lee Moder, Stephen Sadowski, Michael Turner, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Joe Linsner, and many more.

30 review for Red Sonja: She-Devil with a Sword Omnibus, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Aw. Red Sonja, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Red–Son–Ja. Her name contains the affirmation she deserves in itself (at least if you understand German). With over 450 pages, this omnibus-volume was by far the most extensive of her adventures to date, which I had the pleasure of reading. Although I already knew a little about her background and how she became what she is (namely the She-devil with a Sword), I learned quite a bit more about her childhood and youth through a par Aw. Red Sonja, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Red–Son–Ja. Her name contains the affirmation she deserves in itself (at least if you understand German). With over 450 pages, this omnibus-volume was by far the most extensive of her adventures to date, which I had the pleasure of reading. Although I already knew a little about her background and how she became what she is (namely the She-devil with a Sword), I learned quite a bit more about her childhood and youth through a parallel story in many flashbacks. This is as informative as it is instructive and explains to a large extent her character today. In summary, Sonja does not hesitate to eliminate enemies in pursuit of her goals. This is how we know her; this is how we love her ... busily slicing & dicing through her adversaries and sometimes decapitating them for a change (which is probably the most painless way). Over the course of these 18 issues the villains become more numerous and vicious in this volume. So it is no wonder that Sonja sometimes needs help from others. In the end even a long forgotten deity fights alongside her on the just battlefield of blood and death! In the beginning the martial utterances got on my nerves a bit, but at some point I got carried away ——— you just have to rid yourself from your sense of deeper meaning and any expectation of literary quality and become a teenage boy (or girl) again in order to enjoy comic books like this. One of the highlights of the story might be the heroine’s bath in a river of blood (which she hasn’t shed herself). That made me think of Siegfried from the Nibelungen saga, who bathed in the blood of a slain dragon and thus became invulnerable. Well, Sonja is not invulnerable and her chain-mail bikini isn’t exactly suitable as armor to protect her. There is a rather simple and plausible reason for her somewhat poor apparel, namely that most of the Sonja’s male foes pay attention to everything but the sword she’s carrying – generally a fatal mistake. Some Humor and self-irony are also present, although perhaps a little less than in other books I have read. When I consider that there are four other omnibus-volumes of similar size from this series alone, I am not worried about a possible quarantine because of the corona virus. I look forward to the former, the latter I try to avoid as best I can. Stay healthy, everyone! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    I was surprised to find old gods speaking Google translated Finnish, and even more surprised to find our national epic Kalevala mentioned randomly as some magical code with seemingly zero actual connection to Finnish mythology or the epic itself. I guess it’s flattering in a way that they thought Finland to be such a mythical and distant land that just throwing around a random reference and not even spell checking wouldn’t get caught. I loved Sonja’s character or at least the concept of her, and I was surprised to find old gods speaking Google translated Finnish, and even more surprised to find our national epic Kalevala mentioned randomly as some magical code with seemingly zero actual connection to Finnish mythology or the epic itself. I guess it’s flattering in a way that they thought Finland to be such a mythical and distant land that just throwing around a random reference and not even spell checking wouldn’t get caught. I loved Sonja’s character or at least the concept of her, and would like to read more of her. I also enjoyed the unique feel of the world, but the fumbling with Finnish mythology made it suddenly seem shallow. Missed proper dialogue as well, and some of the epic heroic stuff didn’t work for me as well as it could. Altogether I feel like this lacked some kind of intelligence and the depth I love in the work of masters like Moore and Gaiman.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marina Anik

    I know that my judgement may be clouded by my fandom for Red Sonja's character, but I loved this story line. Epic battles, cheesy dialogs, blood and gore, old gods and new, vengeance and power... Also stunning art by Mel Rubi. This Omnibus is like reading and epic fantasy epos, and while a lot of things may be set a bit too easy, and the story pattern is an old one, it still works. For me at least. I can relate to the characters, their hopes and needs and desires (not including walking around in I know that my judgement may be clouded by my fandom for Red Sonja's character, but I loved this story line. Epic battles, cheesy dialogs, blood and gore, old gods and new, vengeance and power... Also stunning art by Mel Rubi. This Omnibus is like reading and epic fantasy epos, and while a lot of things may be set a bit too easy, and the story pattern is an old one, it still works. For me at least. I can relate to the characters, their hopes and needs and desires (not including walking around in a chain-mail bikini though) and I love the grandness of it all. Red Sonja is the perfect read for lazy evenings in stressful times. It takes you away from everything and gives you all the Awesomeness that is heroic comic books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    Well, it starts off strong - Mike Carey's 6 issues I've reviewed elsewhere, but they are included and set the stage here. But after that, things go off the rails. Sonja loses all her humor as the story becomes a war epic, tied into Sonja's origins (which make some very poor choices in their setup; whether they belong to this writer or to the Sonja mythos, the way they are used here is really crude), and sending her to be a pawn of gods in a major battle. Some of my issue may be the formatting (I Well, it starts off strong - Mike Carey's 6 issues I've reviewed elsewhere, but they are included and set the stage here. But after that, things go off the rails. Sonja loses all her humor as the story becomes a war epic, tied into Sonja's origins (which make some very poor choices in their setup; whether they belong to this writer or to the Sonja mythos, the way they are used here is really crude), and sending her to be a pawn of gods in a major battle. Some of my issue may be the formatting (I read the ebook, and the villain's dialogue was for some reason illegible, and lots of the other text difficult to make out, and unfortunately accented to boot), but for the most part it just gets dreary and dark and loses the personality of the character. And the action scenes, while big, aren't particularly well executed. And even with 19 collected issues, it manages to end with a fairly big plot thread left loose. Ultimately, it's not horrible, but I've read enough other Red Sonja (including the beginnings here) to know that the character and the world can be portrayed better than most of this collection displays.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jack Creagh-Flynn

    I enjoyed it and hope to get the next volume at some point. Sonja is portrayed as such a badass, I'm interested in reading more adventures of hers. Her focus on vengeance is gripping. I also like the pragmatic reason she gave for her bikini armour. It made me laugh a little but it was a good point (I think). I liked the art style. I don't have the vocabulary to convey my appreciation fully but the smooth textures and use of vibrant colour was a real treat for the eyes. I enjoyed it and hope to get the next volume at some point. Sonja is portrayed as such a badass, I'm interested in reading more adventures of hers. Her focus on vengeance is gripping. I also like the pragmatic reason she gave for her bikini armour. It made me laugh a little but it was a good point (I think). I liked the art style. I don't have the vocabulary to convey my appreciation fully but the smooth textures and use of vibrant colour was a real treat for the eyes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    JJ

    There's some solid sword-and-sorcery going on in this hefty volume. There's a lot of good worldbuilding, action, imaginative monsters and locations, compelling gods and villains, and rather deep characterizations throughout. There's no denying the pin-up, cheesecake element of Red Sonja, but even with this, a rich backstory and engaging motivations are written for her. The artwork throughout is quite good as well, with the artists depicting complex fight-action sequences, exotic locales, monster There's some solid sword-and-sorcery going on in this hefty volume. There's a lot of good worldbuilding, action, imaginative monsters and locations, compelling gods and villains, and rather deep characterizations throughout. There's no denying the pin-up, cheesecake element of Red Sonja, but even with this, a rich backstory and engaging motivations are written for her. The artwork throughout is quite good as well, with the artists depicting complex fight-action sequences, exotic locales, monsters, gods, and wizards, and Sonja herself, with clarity, vitality, and beauty. This is a fun, engaging read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Turko

    There was some great and awful stuff in here. Some of the writing is fantastic and really took me by surprise. Then there were parts of the story where it made me roll my eyes. Like her armor, I swear I think this book would be better if she wore practical armor. I get it, its part of what makes Red Sonja her, but I don't need every other page to be some fan service. Ugh, still there were moments where I really liked what I was reading. If you can get over the fanservice/perverted stuff, it is a There was some great and awful stuff in here. Some of the writing is fantastic and really took me by surprise. Then there were parts of the story where it made me roll my eyes. Like her armor, I swear I think this book would be better if she wore practical armor. I get it, its part of what makes Red Sonja her, but I don't need every other page to be some fan service. Ugh, still there were moments where I really liked what I was reading. If you can get over the fanservice/perverted stuff, it is a decent read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    The first few issues in the volume are pretty good, but then it goes off the rails. The story isn't great, Red Sonja the She-Devil with a sword ends up being continually rescued by Osin the completely forgettable warrior. At one point she has sex with a god in the ruins of her hometown, on the graves of her family, which was just bizarre. The first few issues in the volume are pretty good, but then it goes off the rails. The story isn't great, Red Sonja the She-Devil with a sword ends up being continually rescued by Osin the completely forgettable warrior. At one point she has sex with a god in the ruins of her hometown, on the graves of her family, which was just bizarre.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bill Riggs

    The beginning of an epic new Red Sonja saga. Collects the first 18 issues. High fantasy adventure in the time of Conan, these issues feature great writing paired with impressive artwork. Sonja’s current quest ties into her first motivations as a young girl that would lead her down the path of a She-Devil with a Sword.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tomas

    I should be outraged by the overly sexed up Sonja but I cannot be. She is too awesome. She kicks ass, she is strong, smart and fun. I liked Gail Simone's version of Sonja the most so far therefore only 4 stars I should be outraged by the overly sexed up Sonja but I cannot be. She is too awesome. She kicks ass, she is strong, smart and fun. I liked Gail Simone's version of Sonja the most so far therefore only 4 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yongyoon

    It starts off strong, then it becomes retarded. Specifically, once the siege occurs, it becomes a very stale, tiring affair.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richard Cabe

    Fantastic visual sword and sorcery. Every fan of Conan will probably love it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is better than most people would expect. If you are a fan of Howard's original stories of Conan, you will be pleasantly surprised with these. This is better than most people would expect. If you are a fan of Howard's original stories of Conan, you will be pleasantly surprised with these.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    This comic was lent to me by someone who knows that I like Wonder Woman and strong female protagonists. I had a number of problems with it, but I stuck with if out of a self-imposed obligation to finish. I'm glad I did, however, because the story ultimately grew on me. Initially I was leery of the work because the main character is hyper-sexualized in the art. In one spot there was a series of three or four panels that were a close-up of just her rear. The majority of frames have her spine weirdl This comic was lent to me by someone who knows that I like Wonder Woman and strong female protagonists. I had a number of problems with it, but I stuck with if out of a self-imposed obligation to finish. I'm glad I did, however, because the story ultimately grew on me. Initially I was leery of the work because the main character is hyper-sexualized in the art. In one spot there was a series of three or four panels that were a close-up of just her rear. The majority of frames have her spine weirdly contorted in such a way that both her chest and backside are prominently visible. There is also the infamous chainmail bikini. Clearly this is a comic intended for the male gaze, and the way she is drawn can certainly be seen as offensive. Yes, there is an explanation for wearing next to no armor/clothing into battle, but it is a weak one. In the beginning I was also unimpressed by the story. Red Sonja lives in a high fantasy land filled with various religions, slavery, and mythical creatures (the same universe as Conan the Barbarian, or so I'm told.) The first few issues do very little to elaborate on her personal history. Basically we see her hack and slash her way through a kingdom where a tyrannical leader has enslaved weaker populations and set himself up as a god. Red Sonja rides in, leads a rebellion, and puts a stop to it. Things do not turn out the way anyone would want, and the reader quickly learns that there are grave consequences to her actions. Perhaps this is what aggravated me the most about this story. It seemed that all Sonja did was kill people. She did it in the name of justice and protecting the weak, but she didn't really show any signs of intelligence or awareness of the situation. After this arc is finished, there is an issue that shows her in a new location also going around and killing bad people. This is the point where I nearly stopped reading. As I went further, however, I started to learn of her back story and her epic quest to find and kill a god responsible for the death of her loved ones. She took on an apprentice of sorts, and this is where she started exhibiting some intelligence. I started liking her character more, and I wanted to know if she would succeed on her quest. This sword and sorcery comic doesn't have a lot of depth to it. There is sex, slavery, violence against women, children, and animals. A lot of it is offensive. Perhaps as I was reading I became desensitized to it, in a similar manner to watching Game of Thrones. And toward the end, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Even though the book itself says that it is rated teen, I would only recommend it to mature readers. That is not to say, however, that plenty of teens (especially guys) might not pick it up on their own and really enjoy it. This will also appeal to readers of series such as The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones and players of Dungeons and Dragons and rpg videogames.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lutefisk

    Dressing to distract is actually a rather plausible argument, considering that Celtic warriors were known for going into battle BUCK NAKED for similar reasons. Historically, battle armor was a rarity reserved for kings and nobles, except among some empires. Many native people, man and woman, dress in nothing more than a loincloth to this day, even in battle. There is a long and well established history to fighting in a nude or semi-nude state. Even the original Olympics were nude. Considering her Dressing to distract is actually a rather plausible argument, considering that Celtic warriors were known for going into battle BUCK NAKED for similar reasons. Historically, battle armor was a rarity reserved for kings and nobles, except among some empires. Many native people, man and woman, dress in nothing more than a loincloth to this day, even in battle. There is a long and well established history to fighting in a nude or semi-nude state. Even the original Olympics were nude. Considering her background, and the Hyborian Age in general, I would say she's a bit overdressed. Though I don't care for the bare flesh, I'm in it for the pulpy weirdness. The story was great. My favorite part had to do with a man taking a drink of water. Pure awesomeness.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carl

    If the re-lunch of Red Sonja kept the quality of the first six issues ( co-written by the brilliant Mike Carey) this would have been four or more stars. Sadly all the refreshing life and generally good writing gets bogged down by finding ways to keep Sonja from her ultimate goal while having sword fights of increasingly meaningless irrelevance. Khulan Gath takes 6 issues or more to finally enter this world and then Sonja is dragged away for no other reason than the writers wish to drag it out po If the re-lunch of Red Sonja kept the quality of the first six issues ( co-written by the brilliant Mike Carey) this would have been four or more stars. Sadly all the refreshing life and generally good writing gets bogged down by finding ways to keep Sonja from her ultimate goal while having sword fights of increasingly meaningless irrelevance. Khulan Gath takes 6 issues or more to finally enter this world and then Sonja is dragged away for no other reason than the writers wish to drag it out pointlessly into the next volume. I hoping this is going to be fixed in later volumes or else Dynamite hasn't learned how to make Sonja a true leading character anymore than Marvel could.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Flanagan

    I'm giving Red Sonja a 3.5 for trying. The first half is just her chopping people up. finally they start a plot but it's so weak it hurts. Come on, Red Sonya was a great read. This is fan fiction but what made it publishable? And dot think I wasn't expecting her to chop people, I just wanted to know more about the story and don't say it's because it is a graphic novel. Both Sandman and Lucifer are two comics you could never say skimp on plot. I just expected more than five words per page for the f I'm giving Red Sonja a 3.5 for trying. The first half is just her chopping people up. finally they start a plot but it's so weak it hurts. Come on, Red Sonya was a great read. This is fan fiction but what made it publishable? And dot think I wasn't expecting her to chop people, I just wanted to know more about the story and don't say it's because it is a graphic novel. Both Sandman and Lucifer are two comics you could never say skimp on plot. I just expected more than five words per page for the first few 'chapters'.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Excellent collection from the regular Red Sonja comic. Now I know she runs around mostly in a scimpy costume (not that I'm complaining mind you) but there is an excellent storyline that accompanies the excellent imagery that is in the Omnibus. There is also a lot of humour featured throughout. The only real problem is that when you get to the end you want the next one straight away! Cool Stuff! :D Excellent collection from the regular Red Sonja comic. Now I know she runs around mostly in a scimpy costume (not that I'm complaining mind you) but there is an excellent storyline that accompanies the excellent imagery that is in the Omnibus. There is also a lot of humour featured throughout. The only real problem is that when you get to the end you want the next one straight away! Cool Stuff! :D

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    For the most part it was really cheesy. The chick does all her battles not only without armor, but without clothing. She rides horseback not only without pants, but without panties, even. I understand this was to be like a female Conan the Barbarian, but come on! The story was engaging, enough that I might read the next book. However, I might opt out, just because this wasn't my style. I like action, but her persona was over the top. For the most part it was really cheesy. The chick does all her battles not only without armor, but without clothing. She rides horseback not only without pants, but without panties, even. I understand this was to be like a female Conan the Barbarian, but come on! The story was engaging, enough that I might read the next book. However, I might opt out, just because this wasn't my style. I like action, but her persona was over the top.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This was just a terrible book. They make stupid points early on on why Sonja is dressed like she is and its just dumb. They skip over some major plot devices like they were nothing, which gives the reader a feeling that the entire story is unimportant. I couldn't even get through the entire book. Sorry, but I wouldn't suggest this one to anyone. This was just a terrible book. They make stupid points early on on why Sonja is dressed like she is and its just dumb. They skip over some major plot devices like they were nothing, which gives the reader a feeling that the entire story is unimportant. I couldn't even get through the entire book. Sorry, but I wouldn't suggest this one to anyone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Theaker

    Quite good fun, despite Sonja’s occasional tendency to talk out of her bum (or at least that’s the impression the close-ups of her shapely gluteus maximus give). Lots of good fighting, plenty of character development, a well-paced arc: I liked it enough to buy volume two.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    The connection to Conan's Hyborian Age is almost non-existent (part from a few place and deity names) and Red Sonja's armor is also almost non-existent, but so far this is a fun sword & sorcery comic. The connection to Conan's Hyborian Age is almost non-existent (part from a few place and deity names) and Red Sonja's armor is also almost non-existent, but so far this is a fun sword & sorcery comic.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mykayla Fontaine

    Honestly, this one was a little creepy. It contained a lot of blood-shed and girl-power, though the way in which it was portrayed made the story very strange and somewhat difficult to read. It's very impressive and well thought out, a very good book, just not one I'm necessarily interested in. Honestly, this one was a little creepy. It contained a lot of blood-shed and girl-power, though the way in which it was portrayed made the story very strange and somewhat difficult to read. It's very impressive and well thought out, a very good book, just not one I'm necessarily interested in.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Keya

    A solid sword and sorcery comic. They really don't need to justify why she runs around in a scale mail bikini. Anyone who gives this a shot has already suspended their disbelief over her choice of armor and so won't raise a fuss. A solid sword and sorcery comic. They really don't need to justify why she runs around in a scale mail bikini. Anyone who gives this a shot has already suspended their disbelief over her choice of armor and so won't raise a fuss.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I really enjoyed this and I had no previous knowledge of the Conan/Red Sonja world. Red Sonja is an awesome character and the fantasy world the story takes place in is very cool.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lord

    Not bad after all, several last volumes were quite good. Otherwise I'm not sure it's worth buying/reading. Not bad after all, several last volumes were quite good. Otherwise I'm not sure it's worth buying/reading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Richard Gombert

    Not the best. A good kick0off story arc. Then a couple one shot stories and then a much longer arc. That longer arc was not so good.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Didn't like it a bit. All the Red Sonja stories are alike and very weak. Didn't like it a bit. All the Red Sonja stories are alike and very weak.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    For adolescent boys of all ages, imo. I'm guessing this one doesn't get bought for the story... For adolescent boys of all ages, imo. I'm guessing this one doesn't get bought for the story...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Marie

    Red Sonja's my hero. <3 Red Sonja's my hero. <3

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