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Red Sonja #14

Posted: Saturday, September 9, 2006
By: Ray Tate



Return of Kulan Gath Part Three: "The Journey"

Writer: Michael Avon Oeming
Artists: Mel Rubi, Steven Sadowski(flashback), Brian Buccellato(c)
Publisher: Dynamite

When Dynamite collects this issue of Red Sonja with the other chapters in the Kulan Gath saga, this scene of a greater act will probably be better received. As a stand-alone comic, the single chapter just seems anemic. It's a non-starter in the present day history of Sonja and the flashback to Sonja's youth.

Oeming begins with the flashback. Did we really need to know which flower Sonja eats during one the Goddess' trials? I mean, we do know what Sonja became. This incident in her history could have been glossed over.

Her present doesn't serve any more of an integral purpose. Sonja and company trek in the snow. The androgynous vessel of Kulan Gath strikes out with Rubi's imaginative monstrous creation. It's such an excellently conceived beast that it instantly reminded me of Ray Harryhausen's stop-animation work. What a pity it was used with such economy.



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