‘Legenderry Red Sonja #1’ Comic Review
Dynamite Comics’ Legenderry series made its name by delivering a universe filled with familiar characters within the trappings of the steampunk genre. In the Legenderry Red Sonja series, the steampunk trappings are kept for the world’s background, but some new, adjacent genres are introduced to the mix. The titular Red Sonja appears as the Captain of a pirate crew, and the horror genre enters thanks to some other famous characters (I won’t spill that surprise here).
The first issue finds a scientist, by the name of Woycheck, chased by shadowy pursuers. Enter Captain Red Sonja. She’s a pirate who commands the respect of her crew and knows how to have and where to find a good time. She bumps into Woycheck by chance and decides to intervene when his pursuers catch up. This doesn’t work out very well. Red Sonja winds up complicating matters but not without finding a possible ally to help her rescue Woycheck.
Marc Andreyko writes the first issue of the Legenderry Red Sonja. He introduces us to the characters and the plot with the conflict already in motion. Although Red Sonja’s new, probable, companion isn’t revealed until the end of the issue, Andreyko uses transitions and text boxes to effectively juxtapose the characters early on. He finds different voices for every character while keeping their dialogue short and to-the-point and giving readers a few action beats, too.
Artist Aneke illustrates the first voyage of this version of Red Sonja. She makes sure to capture the details of the steampunk world in the background while still focusing on the main players. Her faces all manage to be different as well as emotive. The action is staged well and Aneke has a good handle on panel layouts that pop with the fights. The only real criticism I can levy on her work is, I feel as if there could have been a bit more detail in her art in some earlier places in the book. This only occurred to me at the end of the issue, when readers are treated to a great splash reveal that is really cool and doesn’t suffer from this lack of detail whatsoever.
This was a fun, little book. It did what it needed to do for a first issue by giving you pretty much everything you need in terms of a plot with momentum and clearly defined characters. However, I could certainly see readers wanting a little bit more meat to the story to pique their interests. Marc Andreyko is a writer known for his strong, interesting female characters, and Aneke has shown a lot of promise on Damsels and the final page of this issue. Giving this book and the rest of this series a shot would be a decent bet.