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Red Sonja #22

Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2007
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Michael Avon Oeming
Artists: Homs, Vinicius Andrade (colors)

Publisher: Dynamite


This is not a horrible issue of Red Sonja, but it is rather inconsequential. A ghost ship waylaid Red Sonja and her team last issue. This issue they take refuge on the ship and discover zombie pirates more than willing to ferry them to Davy Jones' Locker by way of sacrifices to their god.

Avon Oeming combines the supernatural with Moby Dick for this issue. A battle between Sonja and the pirates ensues, but the numbers are too great, and Sonja and her men are quickly captured. The pirates first sacrifice Sonja. This method of sacrifice finds Sonja right back where the book started. Although this time Sonja's been bound and thrown into the sea.

Meanwhile Valera and her crew weigh anchor and find an innovative way to literally break the ice. Khulan Gath watching all the events gloats and cackles over Sonja's captured goddess. This of course is only fattening him up for the kill. Unlike Mr. Burns whom Gath is starting to resemble, Gath simply isn't going to win.

The art by Homs and Vincincius Andrade is excellent. Homs shows a flair for not just action but also musculature, expression and archaic detail. In a scene where Sonja confronts a zombie pirate, Homs pays special attention to the sinew in Sonja's back and gives her the power of a warrior. When Sonja's imprisoned, the light casts shadows on her face in a cinematic fashion. In a dream sequence, he contrasts scenes displaying her guile with those showing Sonja happy. This scene also shows that Sonja had feelings for her deific lover, slain by Gath. Colorist Andrade here juxtaposes idyllic and vivid shades against the darker shades of night swathing most of the panels.

The art's fantastic. The story's readable, and it's difficult not to recommend a book that has Sonja fighting zombie pirates, but that said, this issue merely treads water. The plot is pedestrian when compared to past issues, and Sonja winds up being in the same place she was at the story's start. Gath's chortling becomes repetitive, as does her predicament.



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