What with Marvel Comics giving Conan a big push of late, it’s natural that a related comic that they don’t have the US rights to, Red Sonja, would benefit from that push. This week, while Conan pops up in Savage Avengers, a superheroic take on the role of the character, so his paramour Red Sonja is all over the place.
Red Sonja was created as a warrior queen by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith for Marvel Comics in 1973, partially based on Robert E. Howard‘s characters Red Sonya of Rogatino and Dark Agnes de Chastillon, but legally separate. However by appearing first in the licensed Conan comic, and made part of the Hyborian canon she was no longer owned by Marvel.
And so this week we have Red Sonja #5 published by Dynamite, a reincarnation of the original Red Sonja for continuity’s sake. Though written by satirist Mark Russell. it can’t help at least parody what might be expected in such a comic – or moreover, the world around Red Sonja.
Then Dynamite are also publishing Bettie Page Unbound #1 in which the 1950s model and actress finds herself dimensionally slipping into the role of Red Sonja,
And Keenspot Entertainment is launching their new parody title, zombifying the character as Dead Sonja.
Is this the time for Dave Sim to revive Red Sophia from Cerebus? Probably not… not these days. Here are solicits and previews for Red Sonja Wednesday…
RED SONJA #5
(W) Mark Russell (A) Mirko Colak (CA) Amanda Conner
Like an all-consuming fire, the armies of Dragan The Magnificent pursued Sonja The Red until there was nowhere else to flee. The corpses of her people scattered before her like charred rabbits, she turned to face his exquisite wrath. And prayed in vain for death to take her quickly. The epic continues by MARK RUSSELL (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, The Flintstones) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan).In Shops: Jun 05, 2019
BETTIE PAGE UNBOUND #1
(W) David Avallone (A) Julius Ohta (CA) John Royle
When you step through an inter-dimensional gate the results are unpredictable: sometimes you find yourself in a bikini made of coins with a sword in your hand! Reality is shattering, the gate has been opened for an invasion from the Great Old Ones…and only model spy BETTIE PAGE can save the world in this epic four-part miniseries from David Avallone (ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK) and Julius Ohta. The Crisis on Infinite Betties begins in BETTIE PAGE: UNBOUND #1!In Shops: May 29, 2019
DEAD SONJA #1
(W) Rob Potchak (A) Owen Gieni, A.P. Furtado (A/CA) Remy Eisu Mokhtar
Double-sized, full color, and back from the dead with a vengeance! From the parodic pen of Junior High Horrors creator Rob Potchak with illustrations by Rat Queens artist Owen Gieni, this jam-packed comedic adventure skewers both Red Sonja and Conan The Barbarian. After her family is killed and she is taken advantage of by a pack of evil zombie mercenaries, young Dead Sonja is granted sword-wielding zombie superpowers by a mysterious undead Goddess. Now she may be a zombie, but she ain’t no tramp! Vowing to never lay with another man unless defeated in fair combat, Dead Sonja wanders the mythic land of long ago, takin’ names and eatin’ brains.In Shops: May 29, 2019