Dynamite Entertainment 2021
Written by Dan Abnett
Illustrated by Jonathan Lau
Coloured by Andrew Dalhouse
Lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
FIRST STUNNING ISSUE!
The She-Devil With A Sword has battled barbarians, scuffled with sorcerers, and managed magical creatures of all sizes. But when a collective of superheroes from THE PROJECT enter her world, will Sonja know how to adjust to their foreign ways, before they all kill each other?
Well now first Vampirella now Red Sonja gets a crack at playing the public domain heroes and considering how this one starts off they might want to rethink this strategy. So I am thrilled that we get to see Dan getting play with all the cool toys in the sandbox. I have to say the way that this issue opens up certainly captures the readers’ attention and shows some classic Sonja in action and it makes you want to see and learn what’s going on. More so of course after seeing those folks whom she has been tasked by well damn that’s some classic stuff going on with her and I was immediately drawn to this like a moth to a flame.
I love the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceptionally well. One aspect of this that I really like is that we have no idea why this team of interdimensional heroes are there, they just are so it’s that we see them, oh and the little who’s who entries are fantastic, and that engages the reader in some wonderful ways. The character development is utterly phenomenal and seeing the dialogue alongside how they act and react to the situations and circumstances they encounter really make them feel like the characters they are and have been. The pacing here is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists & turns along the way as well as introducing us to the story is a joy to see.
How we see this being structured and how the layers within the story are emerging make this feel like there’s a depth and complexity to the story that we aren’t seeing yet. Then there’s the way we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow is marvellous to see.
Jonathan is one of today’s best and brightest artists in the industry. How he is able to utilise the linework through its varying weights and techniques to create the level and quality of detail that we see is stupendous stuff. Seriously just going through the pages and taking it all in on a visual level has the capability of leaving you in awe of how good this all looks and how different sections appear like a different did them is mind blowing. How we see the backgrounds being utilised to enhance the moments as well as bring us depth perception, a sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the book is beautifully rendered. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a truly remarkable eye for storytelling. The colour is gorgeous! How we see the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and colour work shows a true understanding of how to utilise colour to create mood, tone and feelings.
Dynamite knows how to get the right folks to work on the right projects and this creative team right here bring us a team book that is as dysfunctional and true to the aspects that it needs to have. There is some sensational storytelling happening here from all these folks including some really fabulous lettering. This is the superhero team book that you don’t see on stands and this originality makes it one of my must have gems.