Before I get started with this very carefully worded review of Catalyst Prime: Seven Days, I need to preface it with something. It's always surprising whenever we get notified of a comic that we haven't heard of, but should have. Usually these come from the smaller publishers, but when they come through, it's refreshing.
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 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.
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.
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.
SECRET SIX #1 Written by GAIL SIMONE Art by KEN LASHLEY Cover by DALE EAGLESHAM Blank variant cover 1:25 Variant cover by KEN LASHLEY 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+ SOLICITATION: Gail Simone is back with the NEW 52 debut of the fan-favorite team – THE SECRET SIX! Six strangers are brought together under
RED SONJA #12 Written by GAIL SIMONE Art by WALTER GEOVANI Colors by ADRIANO LUCAS Covers by JENNY FRISON, JOYCE CHIN, and STEPHANIE BUSCEMA FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ SOLICITATION: The wild and untamed climax to Sonja’s epic journey to collect the six most gifted individuals of her age…but will she give them over to the
RED SONJA #0 Gail Simone (w) Noah Salonga (a) Gabriel Hardman (c) FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ On Sale: 7/30/2014 WHO IN THE HYBORIAN AGE IS RED MALAK? Sonja the Devil returns from war at sea, only to find that the entire coastline has been living in fear of a beastly marauder named
March 31st, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is excited to announce that Gail Simone is continuing her critically acclaimed best-selling run! “I have always said that the thing that makes Red Sonja MOST dangerous is not her skill with a sword, or her speed,” states acclaimed writer Gail Simone. “It’s her cunning. Red Sonja is cunning.