Writer: Peter David and Luke Lieberman
Artists: Will Conrad, Scott Kester(c)
Two Red Sonja books arrived this week and neither of them is really outstanding.
This second issue of Thulsa Doom seems to exist for the sole reason of showing as much of Sonja's skin as possible. Please note that only her skin glistens wetly. If you wish to see anything more, you'll have to find a way to remove the ridiculously placed splashes of water. If you're going to show nudity, show it. If you're going to hide nudity, don't show it all. I hate being teased.
The nude swim--I hesitate to call it a bath since Sonja isn't really bathing--ostensibly gives David and Lieberman the opportunity to show that Thulsa wants Sonja. Isn't this implicit? She's a dangerous hot red-head in abbreviated chain mail. What straight man or gay woman wouldn't want her? Thulsa decides to join her in the swim. While his choice certainly fits with his arrogance, the whole episode does not really seem necessary. It acts as sort of nude padding.
Things look up when Sonja returns to Hyrkania. Sonja attempts to stir her downtrodden people into a fighting force, but most of the men have been taken to the mines by a corrupt advisor to the Prince of Hyrkania. The advisor's not much of a villain. He lacks the unusual facets of personality that Thulsa displayed last issue, and David has him quote Blackadder: "...I have a cunning plan. A plan so cunning that you could stick a tail on it and call it a fox." Blackadder I think referred to a weasel, and the quote does not really add any depth to the advisor's character. It just makes me wonder if he has a scruffy little sidekick with a turnip fetish.
The best part of the story emerges at the end. Sonja reveals her intellect instead of her flesh, and Thulsa really does look doomed.
What did you think of this book?
Have your say at the Line of Fire Forum!