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The Adventures of Red Sonja, Vol. 1 (Marvel) [Paperback]

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This contains the Red Sonja tales from Marvel Feature #1-7, presented in glorious, fully re-mastered color. These tales are where it all begins, and help set the stage for the current Red Sonja series! This is a must have collection of never before reprinted material, featuring a cover by Frank Thorne. Plus, legendary Red Sonja writer and former Editor-in-Chief, Roy Thomas, provides an introduction!

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Dynamite Entertainment
ISBN  193330507X  
ISBN13  9781933305073  

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Graphic SF Reader  Sep 3, 2007
This ain't the Frazetta Sonja, that is for sure. Still, entertaining She-Devil slayage. She is far more pneumatically inflated, and it is a bit hard to imagine the lithe deadly warrior, famed for her blinding speed dragging this around, so to speak. However, it definitely looks good, which, in this case is the cheesecake point, no doubt about it. Stories are solid, hard, pragmatic warrior tales as well.

Looks like the right product to me.  Apr 17, 2007
Anyone who's upset that this isn't the "right" item being advertised needs to LOOK MORE CLOSELY before clicking the "buy" button.

This is EXACTLY what I ordered with STUNNING art by Neal Adams and Frank Thorne. If you want classic Red Sonja, and classic Frank Thorne printed on glossy paper stock with bright'll love it.
With Dynamite Entertainment producing new material for Red Sonja, The She-Devil with a sword, it was only natural that they would secure the rights to reprint the old Marvel Comics material from the 1970's. Now one thing we should be clear on is that despite popular opinion, Conan creator Robert E. Howard did not create Red Sonja, at least not the Red Sonja we know today. This is explained in the introduction by Roy Thomas. Howard's Red SONYA was a character in one of Howard's many historical adventures, actually set in the 16th century. Roy Thomas is responsible for actually creating the Sonja of the Hyborian age using Howard's creation as a blueprint.

This volume reprints the Red Sonja stories from Marvel Feature # 1 - 7 that ran from 1975 - 1976. The opening tale features absolutely stunning artwork by Neal Adams and Esteban Maroto. It's the best looking story in the volume as Adams brings his gritty realism to the character and it looks fantastic with the re-mastered color. Sonja is duped by a King into returning a precious tiara. Her reward is to be tossed into his harem. You can imagine how well this goes over with Red!

Dick Giordano handles the art on the second story, "The Temple of Abomination" as Sonja discovers an ancient ruined temple populated by horrific goat men.

Frank Thorne takes over as the artist as of the third story and would go onto become perhaps the best-known Sonja artist. Thorne's art was a radical departure from the Adams and Giordano stories. Thorne has a more whimsical style, almost an animated look. He didn't have the fine detail of Adams but made up for it by giving us perhaps the most buxom Sonja ever!

In a two-part tale, Sonja takes a key off a brigand she kills and eventually comes in contact with a witch who informs her that the key will bring to life a fantastic mechanical construct that looks like an Egyptian golem. The witch steals the key from Sonja and brings the construct to life, ordering it to kill Red!

The final story is another two-parter that guest stars Conan and Belit, Queen of the Black Coast as the trio are all seeking the Book of Skelos but not working together. There are very open hostilities between Belit and Sonja and soon she's also crossing blades with Conan.

It was a pleasure to read these stories again after so many years...over thirty to be exact. They're not in a class with Thomas' Conan stories from the same period, but they are good, swords & sorcery fun and I'm ecstatic that Dynamite has reprinted them.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
What a mess  Nov 24, 2006
Hopefully I'm reviewing the correct book, as there has been quite a bit of confusion regarding the trade of Marvel reprints and the trade collecting the first few issues of the new Dynamite series. THE ADVENTURES OF RED SONJA sounded like a good idea when it was first announced. As Dark Horse Comics' reprints of the classic Marvel Conan comics have proven very successful, it only seemed natural to bring the classic adventures of Conan's redheaded peer back to print. In fact, I was surprised Dark Horse didn't just swipe up the rights to all the Robert E. Howard characters. Anyway, if this first volume of Red Sonja reprints is any indication of how this series will continue, then DE can just stop now, as they won't be getting any more of my money. On one hand, the stories just aren't very good; on the other, this is the absolute worst reproduction of artwork I have ever seen.

THE ADVENTURES OF RED SONJA VOLUME 1 reprints her appearances from Marvel Feature #1-7, written by Roy Thomas and Bruce Jones, with art by Esteban Maroto, Dick Giordano, and Frank Thorne. The first story, by Thomas, Maroto, and inks by Neal Adams, is a decent story supported by some crisp art. The next brief story has some decent art by Giordano, and the remaining stories are by Jones and Thorne. From here on, the story quality drops dramatically; in fact, I'm surprised that Thomas, as editor, even approved these stories - by all rights, they could have been comparable to the Conan comics but end up as pale substitutes. It's odd in that, by this point in his career, Jones had producing some good work, but it doesn't show here. The stories are pretty routine, and it seems as if Jones wasn't interested in developing a consistent personality for Red Sonja. One minute, she's a strong heroine; the next, she's a tease. Supporting characters are quite forgettable, to the point that Jones even uses the same name for two different characters in different stories.

The real reason I was interested in this collection, however, is the Frank Thorne artwork. I will admit that Red Sonja was not Thorne's greatest work, but his is certainly the name most associated with the character. Anyway, one thing that HAS to be considered about Thorne's artistic style is that his lines are not very distinct, so his work needs to be reproduced as accurately as possible in order to keep its form. Dynamite fails miserably at this - the reproduced art is too light and is overwhelmed by the garish recoloring. The colors either bleed past the lines or obliterate the lines completely, leaving us with blobs of color instead of defined figures. This was a major problem with Dark Horse's earliest printings of the Conan comics, so I would have thought that other publishers would have learned from that. In closing, if you want some sword-and-sorcery goodness, don't bother with this book - just stick to Dark Horse's Conan reprints.
I would give this Zero stars if I could  Mar 28, 2006
Three Problems
1) It takes FOREVER to get this if you ever do. And I mean months. I blame the publisher Dynamite.
2) The reproduction is horrid. It looks like someone ran the originals through a photocopier. If you are used to the quality work on the Dark Horse reissues of Marvel's Conan, you will be stunned. Once again, I blame the publisher.
3) And this is this site's fault. When I received the book (USPS) it was just beaten and abused. The front cover was worn. The corners were bent over. In fact, the lower right corner had started to separate. I don't know if the reason I waited so long was because the publisher is sold out and I got a return, but the quality both of the work and the condition of book was really sub-par.

I would return this if it was worth the $10 to do so.

I cancelled my order for the Red Sonja 2. No need to make a mistake twice.

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