Story: Erik Burnham
Art: Jonathan Lau
Colors: Celeste Woods
Letterer: Carlos S. Mangual
What They Say:
Red Sonja is fully made to understand that her victory over Kulan Gath not only led to the invasion of her world by a whole new kind of evil. but may cause time itself to end… much to the delight of the goddess of death, Mistress Hel. Only Sonja can set things right — but what she needs to do so will cost her a bargain with Lady Demon, as well as a personal quest her ego doesn’t want to accept. Thankfully she has backup in the form of the half-vampire, Chastity — and a good thing, too. To fix the path of fate, Sonja will need all the help she can get! The AGE OF CHAOS continues here!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The opening installment of this series wasn’t exactly a tough venture but it was throwing at me a number of new characters since I’m not familiar or terribly interested in what the Chaos line has to offer. Erik Burnham made things accessible enough though and moved all of it into place easily enough with Sonja being caught up in all the shenanigans.Sonja’s on an upswing in a number of books so her pairing with completely different characters is fun. It also doesn’t hurt to have Jonathan Lau on the art duties as he covers a lot of ground here to bring the characters to life wonderfully while also dealing with a whole lot of exposition.
Sonja’s tale since being pulled to this place has been fairly chaotic but it gets more so when Chastity arrives and tears apart some of Sonja’s opponents. Which doesn’t go over well with Sonja as there’s no honor to be had in that. Thankfully, they bridge the language barrier quickly enough with Sonja’s time spent in New York City even more part of who she is at this point and they’re able to establish a baseline conversation. One that doesn’t get very far because Lady Demon has now shown up as she wants to use Sonja in order to deal with the larger fight that’s a part of all of this. It’s comical since you know that’s just not Sonja’s thing in the slightest and Lady Demon’s confidence is something that will really get under Sonja’s skin, turning the whole thing into a solid fight sequence for a few pages.
Lady Demon is able to get in enough exposition though in order to make it clear that a lot of what’s happening here is Sonja’s fault and she has to take some responsibility for it. Going back to her fight with Kulan Gath and how the item of note ended up being passed down the ages until it resurfaced in the present, it ties that piece together nicely and puts Sonja in her place, just a little bit. But the main issue we come down to is the working dynamic. While Sonja can put things to the side with Chastity at the moment because she gets a different sense from her than she does Lady Demon, it allows the two of them to work together against Lady Demon. It’s a good extended fight sequence, one that really makes clear that Sonja handles her fear well by doing what needs doing, and it also feels like a rare time where Lady Demon is impressed with what she’s up against.
Though it’s a little more roundabout than I care for, it does finally get to what needs doing and we’ll see how the dynamic between Sonja and Lady Demon will unfold properly next. There isn’t an exposition dump here but we do get a good bit brought down so that we’re all on the same page, which is key for Sonja since she had no idea her last dealing with Kulan Gath would have such far-reaching ramifications. Once again, Jonathan Lau puts in a fantastic looking book in capturing the details of all the distinctive characters in bringing them to life while also engaging with some strong panel design that really gives the whole thins some great flow and energy. I’m still not fully on board, not being a Chaos fan, but I’m curious to see where it’s all going to go.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: February 19th, 2020