Dynamite Entertainment 2020
Written by Erik Burnham
Illustrated by Jonathan Lau
Coloured by Andrew Dalhouse
Lettered by Carlos S. Mangual
Red Sonja is fully made to understand that her victory over Kulan Gath not only led to the invasion of her world by a whole new kind of evil. but may cause time itself to end... much to the delight of the goddess of death, Mistress Hel. Only Sonja can set things right -- but what she needs to do so will cost her a bargain with Lady Demon, as well as a personal quest her ego doesn't want to accept. Thankfully she has backup in the form of the half-vampire, Chastity -- and a good thing, too. To fix the path of fate, Sonja will need all the help she can get!
I love this, the whole idea here is utterly fantastic! Except this choppy cut hair she's got going that I can't understand. So seeing how last issue ended and how/why Chastity ends up in this time period is where we pick up here. Erik is writing a hell of a good story here and while I am usually not a fan of time travel storytelling in this case it isn't so much as time travel as it is a case of being tossed through time and the distinction not seem like much but it is there. Another thing that Erik is doing is he's utilising Sonja's past, when she ended up in New York City thanks to Amy Chu, and tying that into her experiences and which allows her to understand and speak English. It's the little things like this that sometimes go unnoticed or happen without an explanation that lesser writers will do when they need a “fix.”
I think the way that this is being told is sensational! The story & plot development we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented beautifully. Of all those who were at the museum I find it increasingly fascinating that it's Chastity who ends up by Sonja's side. There is a large part of me that wishes it were Ernie because he and his pin alongside Sonja would be one of the most delightful interactions, the dialogue alone, ever to be seen. The character development is superb to see. Sonja's brash no nonsense approach to life and her way of speaking is so telling and the Chaos women are utilised just as they should be. The pacing that we see here as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way just seem to heighten the way we enjoy the story. All of this works together to create this really good, strong ebb & flow to the book.
Jonathan's work on the interiors is pretty amazing, sans Sonja's hair. Seriously though what the hell it looks like someone took a sword or dagger and chopped it but good. As per usual I would like to see backgrounds utilised a bit more. That panel with NYC is phenomenal and I'd like to see that more not New York but the utilisation of the panels. The characters body's and body modifications are so incredibly well done, I mean Lady Demon and her horns phew wow. Also that page we see Hel, the continents an the museum again that's such a phenomenal scene and it's breathtaking. The utilisation of the page layouts an dhow we see the angles and perspective in the panels show this marvellous eye for storytelling. The colour work is devilishly good. The gradation we see through the various hues and tones within the colours is so exceptionally well rendered. Then the reds or Lady Demon's eyes they all have this effect upon the reader that's hard to escape.
This book feels like the Sonja and the characters of Chaos! were always meant to be side by side. The guys have merged this story and franchises into one another in such a way that we really do get to see how a crossover such as this should be done. Trust me when I say that there are a lot of twists that we don't see coming and we have to wonder what Lady Demon's real motivation is here because foiling Hel isn't really the only thing she has in mind. Engaging, delightful and tension filled storytelling throughout make this a heck of a read!