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Post by tony ingram on Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:03 am

Is anyone else reading Sonja at the moment? I've been really enjoying this book in recent months, though catching up on all the various miniseries' and one shots I seem to have missed in the last couple of years is proving a daunting task...

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:16 pm

Haven't tried this book . . . time and money are two things preventing me from doing so. (There are too many other things that would take priority on my buy list, but you never know in the future.)

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:12 am

I think it's one of the best female led books out there at the moment (even if Gail Simone has ditched a huge chunk of Sonja's origin).

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:11 am

'Improved', not 'ditched' Wink

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:23 am

Lucy McGough wrote:'Improved', not 'ditched' Wink
I thought Sonja's old backstory was interesting and unique.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:56 pm

They got rid of Wonder Woman's backstory too. She is no longer made out of clay.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:00 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:They got rid of Wonder Woman's backstory too. She is no longer made out of clay.
I'd ask what she is now, but I'm not sure I want to know.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:39 pm

Flesh and blood, like your police officer.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:39 pm

tony ingram wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:They got rid of Wonder Woman's backstory too. She is no longer made out of clay.
I'd ask what she is now, but I'm not sure I want to know.
She was a love child between Hippolyta and Zeus . . . Hera later found out and was sooooooooooo pissed she turned Hippolyta to stone. (Of course, that's before Hera lost her goddess abilities when Apollo took over for the deceased-and-missing Zeus.)

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:42 pm

I...uh...yeah...thanks...

I didn't really understand any of that. I'm rather glad I'm not reading it.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:15 pm

It makes perfect sense.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:26 am

I picked up



to give the Dynamite version(s) a try.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:22 am

What did you think?

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:24 pm

tony ingram wrote:What did you think?
Read it last night and was intrigued enough that I'll buy a few more issues next time I go to the shop.

I guess I'll have to look into the regular on-going series, too.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:02 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:What did you think?
Read it last night and was intrigued enough that I'll buy a few more issues next time I go to the shop.

I guess I'll have to look into the regular on-going series, too.
The ongoing has been pretty good since the relaunch.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:23 am

tony ingram wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:What did you think?
Read it last night and was intrigued enough that I'll buy a few more issues next time I go to the shop.

I guess I'll have to look into the regular on-going series, too.
The ongoing has been pretty good since the relaunch.
I might be better off catching up on that in tpb versions, though.

(Too bad Dynamite's tpb books aren't nearly as cost-effective as DC's are.  Evil or Very Mad  )

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:27 am

MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:What did you think?
Read it last night and was intrigued enough that I'll buy a few more issues next time I go to the shop.

I guess I'll have to look into the regular on-going series, too.
The ongoing has been pretty good since the relaunch.
I might be better off catching up on that in tpb versions, though.

(Too bad Dynamite's tpb books aren't nearly as cost-effective as DC's are.  Evil or Very Mad  )
They're a small publisher, I guess DC can afford to charge less.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:20 pm

tony ingram wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:(Too bad Dynamite's tpb books aren't nearly as cost-effective as DC's are.  Evil or Very Mad  )
They're a small publisher, I guess DC can afford to charge less.
Dark Horse comics seems to be the same way with tpb pricing as Dynamite . . . I guess just DC and Marvel sell enough single-issue copies of the comic books that they can then collect them in tpb editions later on for less $'s than the independents can afford to.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:31 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:
MajorHoy wrote:(Too bad Dynamite's tpb books aren't nearly as cost-effective as DC's are.  Evil or Very Mad  )
They're a small publisher, I guess DC can afford to charge less.
Dark Horse comics seems to be the same way with tpb pricing as Dynamite . . . I guess just DC and Marvel sell enough single-issue copies of the comic books that they can then collect them in tpb editions later on for less $'s than the independents can afford to.
Bear in mind also that DC and Marvel sell space to advertisers. Dynamite don't.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:01 pm

Broke down and ordered this from barnesandnoble.com:


Red Sonja, Volume 1: Queen of the Plagues

Got it at 24% off of list price with free shipping, so it's not quite as big a $ bite to the budget.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:20 pm

I think you'll like it.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 12:53 am

Unfortunately, Gail Simone's run on that title ends with December's issue.
RED SONJA #18
Written by Gail Simone, art by Walter Geovani, covers by Jenny Frison; Adriana Melo.

Gail Simone concludes her run on Red Sonja with the most heart-wrenching event in the life of our heroine! Face-to-face with the man she hates and distrusts most in the world, Red Sonja hears for the first time ever his side of the story. The last survivor of the craven murderers who wiped out her tribe finally comes clean at the end of Sonja's blade. But then... something wholly shocking and unexpected happens. Nothing will prepare you for what's to come, as Sonja's infamous blood rage comes to a boil!

32 pages, $3.99.
http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/1409/18/dynamitedec.htm

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:46 am

What next, I wonder?

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:21 pm

tony ingram wrote:What next, I wonder?
Well, Gail has been supposedly working with Jim Zub on the Conan & Red Sonja story. But in terms of a regular Red Sonja book from Dynamite, I have no idea.

December will mark the end of RED SONJA: THE BLACK TOWER as well.
RED SONJA: THE BLACK TOWER #4

Written by Frank Tieri, art by Cezar Razek, cover by Amanda Conner.

Final issue! The pulse pounding finale to the biggest Red Sonja event of the year! But after last issue's shocking ending -- where can our story go from here? What will happen to Red Sonja as the Black Tower reveals all its secrets and the true force behind it is revealed? Find out in our startling conclusion!

32 pages, $3.99.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:46 pm

I'd be surprised if it doesn't continue, I think it's Dynamite's longest running series (renumbering notwithstanding).

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:48 am

Currently looks like January 14th will be the first issue for the Conan / Red Sonja crossover mini-series.


Conan Red Sonja #1

Simone and Zub pit Sonja against Conan!

Gail Simone teams with Jim Zub to bring together legendary warriors in this truly epic crossover!

In a story spanning multiple eras in the lives of these classic characters, Conan and Red Sonja become comrades to take down a sorcerer-priest hell bent on creating a dark new age in Hyborian warfare!

Writer: Gail Simone, Jim Zub
Artist: Dan Panosian
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Dan Panosian
Publication Date: January 14, 2015

https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/25-317/Conan-Red-Sonja-1

Comiclist's Extended Forecast for Dark Horse also currently has that date.

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:04 am

I've been looking forward to this one. But will they treat it as their first meeting, or will they reference the Marvel stories?

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:04 pm

MajorHoy wrote:Unfortunately, Gail Simone's run on that title ends with December's issue.
RED SONJA #18    
Written by Gail Simone, art by Walter Geovani, covers by Jenny Frison; Adriana Melo.

Gail Simone concludes her run on Red Sonja with the most heart-wrenching event in the life of our heroine! Face-to-face with the man she hates and distrusts most in the world, Red Sonja hears for the first time ever his side of the story. The last survivor of the craven murderers who wiped out her tribe finally comes clean at the end of Sonja's blade. But then... something wholly shocking and unexpected happens. Nothing will prepare you for what's to come, as Sonja's infamous blood rage comes to a boil!

32 pages, $3.99.
http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/1409/18/dynamitedec.htm
By the way, that comment about Gail's run ending with the December issue (#18) should be amended . . . Red Sonja #13 came out Nov. 12th, and issue #14 is currently expected to be out . . . January 14th?!?
http://www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/Red-Sonja-14-%28Frison-Cover%29___456310
(A little over four months after when it was originally solicited for?)

No idea when issue #15 will be out . . . of course, Dynamite's less-than-useful website still has issue #15 as
Publication Date: Sep 2014
Format: Comic Book
Page Count: 32 pages
ON SALE DATE: September 24
Hopefully they didn't leave the year off to mean it won't be out until that date in 2015?

Rolling Eyes

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:08 pm

Dynamite put out some of my favourite books, but they don't really seem to believe in keeping to a regular schedule. On the other hand, maybe that's why they put out some of my favourite books: because they're more concerned with putting out a quality product than with sticking to a deadline?

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by MajorHoy on Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:29 pm

tony ingram wrote:Dynamite put out some of my favourite books, but they don't really seem to believe in keeping to a regular schedule. On the other hand, maybe that's why they put out some of my favourite books: because they're more concerned with putting out a quality product than with sticking to a deadline?
Only problem is, with Dynamite so loosey–goosey with the publishing schedule, you never know if it's because they're letting creators have more time to do the work or if the creators did the work but Dynamite can't get their act together when it comes to publishing and distributing the final products.

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:29 pm

It all comes down to faith, Major. You have to have faith. Laughing

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Post by MajorHoy on Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:30 am

tony ingram wrote:It all comes down to faith, Major. You have to have faith. Laughing
Considering how many titles / properties I like / liked that Dynamite is no longer publishing or that are in some sort of alternate dimension limbo with no news updates, . . .

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Re: Anyone Reading Red Sonja?

Post by tony ingram on Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:43 am

I think a lot of their titles are intended to have a finite life, but they know limited series' don't sell so well so they don't advertise them as such.

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Post by MajorHoy on Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:18 pm

tony ingram wrote:I think a lot of their titles are intended to have a finite life, but they know limited series' don't sell so well so they don't advertise them as such.
But I'm also getting annoyed by all the licenses grabs and announcements from Dynamite that just never seem to go anywhere and never seem to get updated.

And it's pathetic when they solicit a book for a certain month when anyone with half a brain would realize that it's not going to happen, like when they said Red Sonja #18 would be out in December when the series was already several months behind schedule. What's the point in that? Just hold off on that issue being announced until they have a more reasonable feel on when it may actually get produced?

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:21 pm

Perhaps it would be better if they simply limited the announcements to "we'll be publishing some stuff in December"? Razz

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Post by MajorHoy on Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:23 pm

tony ingram wrote:Perhaps it would be better if they simply limited the announcements to "we'll be publishing some stuff in December"? Razz
I would have preferred they limited to stuff that they reasonably expected to release in or right after December, not "This was originally planned for December . . . but who are we kidding?"

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:26 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
tony ingram wrote:Perhaps it would be better if they simply limited the announcements to "we'll be publishing some stuff in December"? Razz
I would have preferred they limited to stuff that they reasonably expected to release in or right after December, not "This was originally planned for December . . . but who are we kidding?"
Well, with expectations that unrealistic, some might say you deserve to be disappointed! Twisted Evil

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:38 am

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Very nice. I think Thorne's is still the definitive version, for me.

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