Sunday, October 30, 2016

Red Sonja: The Black Tower - a graphic novel

Red Sonja: The Black Tower
written by Frank Tieri, with art by Cezar Razek

Red Sonja has battled many a strange or unusual beast in her time, but she has not encountered robots until now. Even as just a traveler, she finds it odd when a mysterious black tower appears suddenly in a town she’s passing through. Perhaps stranger yet, robots emerge from it. This is a fantasy world similar to Conan the Barbarian’s, so no one has seen robots before and are therefore justly terrified, especially when they start killing people. Some of the villagers start to worship the Black Tower and some, Sonja included, stand against it. Unfortunately Sonja, strong and brave as she is, is no match for them. I’ll let you read it to find out how it ends. I enjoyed this one mostly for its novelty compared to other Sonja mini-series I’ve read, not just because of the robots but about the ending too. It’s not one of my favorite mini-series, but it’s not bad. As with any Red Sonja comic, there is blood and violence, so it’s for teen and adult audiences!

[If you like the steam punk genre, you may also like Legendary, which gathers together a bunch of Dynamite’s characters, Red Sonja included, for a story set in a steampunk world. You can check out this title, Legendary, and other Red Sonja graphic novels digitally at You can also get to Hoopla by searching for the titles in our catalog and clicking on the download button.]

[ Publisher’s web page for this graphic novel compilation ]

Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

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