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I still don't think we've seen the last of her...

SPOILERS







Somebody's watching Taya and Lera ... we're supposed to think it's Red Sonja but that would be too easy. Dread Sonjeyquin is the next best option.


This is a fucking great issue, this month. Way more action than I'd expected and loads of development for Taya and Lera ... amazingly, I've started to find them interesting. Taya is bugged by the amount of trouble Sonja brings them, Lera seems slightly afraid of Sonja but at the same time doesn't want to be parted from her. There's some kind of debt that Lera is holding over Taya's head, much to Taya's disgust. Wonder if the amulet's going to compel Lera to try to assassinate Sonja at some point?

Otherwise, this ish has got it all:

Evil zombie necromancers - check

Pitched combat with Kulan Gath disciples - check

Flashbacks to the last storyline - check

Sonja chucking a human head like a baseball to kill an attacker - check

Killer spiders the size of ponies - check

Evil profiteering bastard who looks like Jaffar - check

Sonja punching a fat man in the face because he called her a 'wench' - check

The team face a dilemma in the next issue and I'm really looking forward to finding out how they'll resolve it.

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New issue's out today and it's awesome, stuffed with action and funny moments. I won't spoil anything except to say you were wrong about who stole the amulet ... !

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Great read, you were right; it was a quiet issue but it flowed really well.

Not sure what Skath could have done to appease the Shemite, he apologized and said he hadnt done it on purpose after all. The guy wasnt in the mood to listen.   
The story seemed more a cautionary tale on taking one’s religion to the extreme.

You're right. In his commentary for the issue, Erik Burnham said that even though the physical design for Skath was basically Conan with a beard, he and Amy wanted to make Skath less bloodthirsty, somebody who only fought when other options had been exhausted. Rather than leaping straight into battle, he extended the olive branch first. I guess what I meant by 'excessive arrogance' was Skath trusting too much in his sword and the invincibility it gave him.

That's an interesting parallel with Sonja herself, who would never shy from a fight but who's much smarter than Conan when it comes to talking her way out of needing to shed blood. Not only that but Amy's Sonja is more pragmatic than most writers' versions of her. Remember #2 when Sonja's walking through Harlem in her scalemail bikini with locals hollering at her and she takes no action. Why should she? They don't pose any danger. She's canny enough to distinguish between a jackass blowhard who's essentially harmless and a legit threat ... look at how she handled Luis in the bar. Gail Simone's Sonja would've cut his arm off for belittling her in front of others but Amy's Sonja opts to simply thrash him at armwrestling in front of all his buddies and embarrass him. Her instincts didn't betray her when the big lug jumped to her defence as Gath's thugs tried to kidnap her.


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ICT / Re: Death Buttle - Cammy vs Amazon ( Dragon’s Crown)
« on: June 27, 2018, 11:08:58 AM »
Hmmm, surprised no members of the 'Akuma has split islands' brigade haven't weighed in yet. Does Cammy have any big time feats?

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Just read #17. Daniel HDR’s artwork is really good, reminds me a lot of Phil Jiminez and makes a change from Carlos Gomez’ manga-influenced style. The bulk of the story is about the legendary Cimmerian warrior Lord Skath and his fall from grace and it’s told beautifully … sort of a cautionary tale about excessive arrogance. Sonja sees plenty of parallels between herself and Skath and sets out to find him and return his sword in exchange for a reward.

This was really a meat and potatoes story and the writers couldn’t really have gone wrong but they added a bit of lustre to plot points like Sonja discovering her sword isn’t quite up to snuff and the inclusion of tons of flashback pics is great for new readers jumping on at this point.

Really strong start to this new story.

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ICT / Re: Death Buttle - Cammy vs Amazon ( Dragon’s Crown)
« on: June 26, 2018, 05:51:40 PM »
Fucking phone.

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ICT / Re: Death Buttle - Cammy vs Amazon ( Dragon’s Crown)
« on: June 26, 2018, 05:50:35 PM »
thread's useless without pics

Everyone knows what Cammy looks like. Here’s the Amazon ... bearing in mind she’s about 6’6” and carries an axe with a blade as wide as Cammy is tall:


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No, I reckon you might be right, RIV. Clone Sonja’s body mysteriously vanished after all. The big Sonja fan I chat to at dA thinks evil clone Sonja with the amulet would be a great villain for Erik Burnham
To use if Amy Chu decides to leave the series after this storyline

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ICT / Death Buttle - Cammy vs Amazon ( Dragon’s Crown)
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:41:11 PM »
Two popular video game characters probably best known for their gargantuan Glutes but who gets their ass kicked here. The Amazon gets her axe, Cammy is unarmed.

The Amazon must stand a foot taller than Cammy and is built like a brick shithouse, effortlessly wielding an axe that weighs as much as a large man and with thighs so massive, she looks like she could squat a short-faced bear. Cammy’s No slouch in the muscle department though and isn’t she enhanced somehow?

Cammy is obviously the more skilled martial artist but The Amazon is lethal with that axe and her speed increases with the ferocity of her attacks. She is also amazingly agile for such a swole Woman.

Does this end via Cannon Spike or decapitation?

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#17 comes out tomorrow and the preview is here:

https://graphicpolicy.com/2018/06/26/preview-red-sonja-vol-4-17/

Carlos Gomez has handed over the art reins to Daniel HDR for this one so that they can catch up with the scheduled release dates and his art looks bloody good. He draws a muscular, tough-looking Sonja and makes every single panel count. His style is maybe a bit more ‘traditional western comics’ than Carlos’ but it really works. When Carlos inevitably leaves the title, Daniel HDR would make a superb replacement. #18 is due in about two weeks and Carlos will be back for that one, although I am 99.9999% sure they’ll push back that release date by a week or two.

Going on the (very good) review it received from Super-Powered Fancast, #17 will probably be a set-up issue for the rest of the arc, which involves Sonja seeking out Lord Skath, the previous owner of her blade. I think the rest of #17 is going to be Sonja finding out about Skath and then declaring she’s going to find him, so quite a quiet issue action-wise but that’s OK. The rest of the storyline sounds like loads of fun, with Sonja travelling to Cimmeria and ending up as head of security for some evil aristocrat running an auction of Cimmerian holy relics. According to the solicits, we won’t meet Skath until #21 but there’ll be plenty of adventure on the way.

I’m glad that Amy didn’t skip over the fact that Sonja’s returned to the Hyborian Age slightly outside of her own time, so like Skath, she’s going to be something of a faded legend herself. I also love the big ‘unkillable’ lug in the preview … that was a great way for Sonja to find somebody both recognisable and formidable to spar with during an age that barely remembers her.

I enjoyed #16 overall. Could’ve done with Sonja more in the limelight and Gath was pretty easily beaten after such a big build up. Max didn’t figure as much in his defeat as I’d thought he might. I loved the ‘Return Of The King’ multiple endings, though – this was really a three-story saga, with the NYC, cross-country trip and Hell/Meru arcs running into each other. Such a huge story deserved a proper ending. I also loved that Amy looks to have drawn a line under Max, Wallace and the modern world. It’s gonna be all Hyborian Era from hereon hopefully. That ending with Gath’s amulet being stolen though … ugh. So ‘Flash Gordon’. Even worse, it sounds like that amulet may well figure into this upcoming storyline, even if Gath himself doesn’t.

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ICT / Re: DCEU Superman vs MCU Thor
« on: May 23, 2018, 03:56:53 PM »
Bringing up the Cap thing is weak sauce. It was just done to show Cap’s sheer determination and Thanos’ momentary surprise at his resistance. Lest we forget, MCU Cap is stronger than the comics Cap and Thanos beat the Hulk unconscious with ease.

Thor crushes Superman. He’s simply on a different level with Stormbreaker.

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ICT / Re: Top 10 most powerful MCU characters (post Infinity War)
« on: May 17, 2018, 04:35:47 PM »
What about the Destroyer and Kurse? Do they merit consideration?

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Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Infinity War Spoiler Thread
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:34:39 PM »
You really need to see Ragnarok.

Yeah, I’m getting that.

I didn’t particularly rate Thor 1 or 2 and wasn’t sold by Hemsworth the way everyone else was ... but he fucking NAILED the role in Infinity War.

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Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Infinity War Spoiler Thread
« on: May 17, 2018, 12:54:50 PM »
Late response but I’m a dad with few pennies to put together, sue me. I haven’t seen Ragnarok or the Star Wars spy movie yet.

I LOVED this. OK, it wasn’t flawless and Cap in particular didn’t get enough lines, although he played an important part nonetheless. It had a gigantic cast though and some characters had to take a step back.

The action was fucking awesome and it’s the most battleboard pleasing Marvel movie I’ve seen so far. Thor was staggering, not just the star feat ( which matches anything Superman’s ever done onscreen) but cutting through Thanos’ blast, the huge lightning strike and swinging Rocket’s capsule into the air. The comedy was great especially the Thor/ GOTG intro scene. The reaction to ‘I Am Groot’ was the funniest bit in the film.

Thanos and Gamira’s scenes were beautifully written and superbly performed, and Brolin did a staggering job all round. He really WAS Thanos onscreen and his look showed what a shitty job the X-Men film makers did on Apocalypse a few years back.

I’ve missed a few MCU movies, particularly recently but this was the best all-round Marvel movie I’ve seen so far, not just MCU. It’s amazing to me that I’ve seen articles written saying ‘ehhhh, it’s good but it’s not even a top 5 MCU movie’.

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Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Re: Infinity War Spoiler Thread
« on: May 17, 2018, 12:54:11 PM »
Late response but I’m a dad with few pennies to put together, sue me. I haven’t seen Ragnarok or the Star Wars spy movie.

I LOVED this. OK, it wasn’t flawless and Cap in particular didn’t get enough lines, although he played an important part nonetheless. It had a gigantic cast though and some characters had to take a step back.

The action was fucking awesome and it’s the most battleboard pleasing Marvel movie I’ve seen so far. Thor was staggering, not just the star feat ( which matches anything Superman’s ever done onscreen) but cutting through Thanos’ blast, the huge lightning strike and swinging Rocket’s capsule into the air. The comedy was great especially the Thor/ GOTG intro scene. The reaction to ‘I Am Groot’ was the funniest bit in the film.

Thanos and Gamira’s scenes were beautifully written and superbly performed, and Brolin did a staggering job all round. He really WAS Thanos onscreen and his look showed what a shitty job the X-Men film makers did on Apocalypse a few years back.

I’ve missed a few MCU movies, particularly recently but this was the best all-round Marvel movie I’ve seen so far, not just MCU. It’s amazing to me that I’ve seen articles written saying ‘ehhhh, it’s good but it’s not even a top 5 MCU movie’.

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