Statues are one of those bits of merchandising that can get pricey. However, they can be a really god addition to set off a collection. They add a gallery quality to a room, home office, bedroom, studio or living room. Of course, we've all probably been to at least one comic shop that had that tall, glass showcase that featured some great statues of some of our favorite characters. There's also something about seeing an iconic cover turned three-dimensional.
There are a few iconic characters not owned by Marvel and DC. Red Sonja is one of those. If there is one creator's run that is more recognized with the character other than Frank Thorne, it's writer Gail Simone's time writing the sword and sorcery title. Dynamite is collecting her entire 19-issue run.
I wasn't going to read this comic, much less review it. Red Sonja is an anachronism in this age of feminist portrayals in comics. Red Sonja is an iconic, strong female protagonist, defined almost primarily by a chain mail bikini. At various times, her portrayal has sometimes defied that stereotype, and at others, has been defined by it. This dichotomy often leaves me unsatisfied by Red Sonja, so I wasn't looking at giving this issue much thought. I saw Ben Caldwell's cover and was intrigued. Let's talk about that while I review this issue.
I was struck by one of the covers to Red Sonja #13 and went looking in my e-mail for the review copy Dynamite sent. In one of the e-mails, I saw three names, Red Sonja, Tarzan and Gail Simone. To be honest, I just can't get into Red Sonja, as much as I want to. She's this unfortunate paradox of a strong female character that is defined almost entirely by a chain mail bikini. She's also had the good fortune to be written by Gail Simone, who doesn't take writing female protagonists lightly. So when I saw this press release in my search results, I was intrigued. I'm gonna give it a shot. I would suggest you keep an open mind with it, just like I will.
Dynamite has some really great books arriving at your local comic shop this Wednesday. Alice Cooper Vs. Chaos! #5 writer: Tim Seeley, Jim Terry artist: Jim Terry cover: Joyce Chin incentive cover: Joyce Chin (B/W art) FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ Alice Cooper discovers just how chaotic the Chaos! Universe can truly be, as he faces off against the horrific monsters of his own mind. Meanwhile, the Chosen tangle with a monstrous tree, while Evil Ernie is the prisoner of an even more evil pharmaceutical company! Can the unlikely alliances of Alice Cooper, the dream witch Vex, and the vampire assassin Chastity escape from a twisted nightmare realm and stop the badder guys from beating the bad guys?
It's a big, thick week for Dynamite Previews, and not with the number of books hitting your local comics shop, but in the page counts for the three books they're shipping to stores. Check out the previews below.
It's a light week for Dynamite Comics this week, but after the hectic publishing schedule that they've had this summer with the Swords of Sorrow event, I think fans of their comics will welcome a lighter week. Check out the Dynamite Comics previews below.
We get review copies from several companies in our e-mail every week, and in most cases, we don't review them because of the comics review policy we have of using reviews to promote the best that comics have to offer unless a comic is being so heavily promoted that it's in the interest of our readers for us to review them. This week, Dynamite sent us some review copies and I decided to take a loot at a Red Sonja special, Red Sonja 1973, which has several short stories featuring the She-Devil With A Sword as she was called back shortly after her 1973 debut.
RED SONJA #1 January 1977 There's a pattern here at Reviews Of Old Comics that I try to do DC one week, Marvel the next, an Independent comic the third, and then I repeat. SYNOPSIS: After killing her injured horse, Red Sonja comes across a group of men led and directed by Andar of Bezfarda, attacking another horse. Sonja soon realizes that this horse Andar is so zealously set on capturing is a unicorn, that legends say can grant eternal life. The unicorn's horn is severed by a low hanging branch, which Andar catches. Sonja rescues the horse, cutting down many of Andar's men and riding off on the back of the unicorn.
I have been very hesitant about this crossover Dynamite is putting together with all of their female characters, but see the definite potential in it, and seeing Gail Simone heading it up has me hoping for the best. After seeing three of the variant covers for this issue, I was very worried about what was ahead.
Sideshow continues their 12 days of Sideshow and today we got a peek at a NEW Red Sonja She Devil Premium Format figure! This will be the second Red Sonja Premium Format Figure and yes, more info will be released soon! For now you can view the image. Check back tomorrow for the next round of 12 days of Sideshow!
So, you’re going to swing by your local comic shop for some books to read over the long weekend when everyone else is slugging it out over Black Friday deals. Well, Dynamite is hoping you’ll pick up a couple of their comics. Bionic Woman: Season Four #3 Brandon Jerwa (w) David T. Cabrera (a) Sean