Story: Mirka Andolfo, Luca Blengino
Art: Giuseppe Cafaro
Colors: Chiara di Francia
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
What They Say:
MOTHER, PART SIX. THE DAUGHTER OF FIRE emerges! Every generation, a spirit embodies itself within a vestal, bestowing divine powers to the host. Red Sonja must quickly choose whether to save or destroy the host, and her decision will create a an entirely new path forward… The ongoing adventures continue, from MIRKA ANDOLFO (Sweet Paprika) and GIUSEPPE CAFARO (Sacred Six)!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Mirka Andolfo, as she writes alongside Luca Blengino, does a lot of good stuff here in dealing with sort of setting up the latest arc more as we move the journey forward with a slimmer cast while still not actually killing anyone off. I expect we’ll see them again, good and bad, and that adds a good uncertainty to things in the near future as events play out. Giuseppe Cafaro is handling the artwork with Chiara di Francia doing the color design and it’s really great. There’s a really great sense of color to this that gives it an almost film-like feeling at times. It’s richly detailed and immerses you in this engaging world in a really great way. I love the look of the cast and the expressiveness that we get as well.
With the events we saw in the previous issue with Sonja and Sitha coming into this kingdom with its whole First Law thing, we get a flashback a bit further in here that shows how the soldiers overwhelmed Sonja when she tried to get Sitha to not use her flames. That allowed for Sonja to be captured and she’s now spending her days being worn down with no food by her captor, the Baroness Drang, so she can make Sonja a plaything when she’s fully weakened. For Sitha, the flames caused enough panic and chaos that she was able to escape but this was through the help of Kebra, a sixteen-year-old girl who has a secret lair underground as she operates as a thief. Bringing Sitha there to recover and to give her some food, she sees the potential of Sitha for her own revenge.
Over the course of days, the book shows us how Kebra is a good person with a hard exterior as she does hunt up food for a couple of other orphans down in this lair, but she’s focused on getting Sitha back up to speed because she sees Sitha’s power of the flame as a way to break through, steal the wealth she’s been planning to steal for years now, and get away from all of this. It’s decent stuff but what drew me in was seeing how Kebra is the right person to push Sitha not only to use her powers but to control them. The flames inside speak of raging out of control, but Kebra tells her that control will allow her to save her mother, aka Sonja, once they can get inside. Sitha’s growth here with her powers is a bit accelerated, but she has a focused goal now and Kebra is someone who, closer to her own age, is able to reach her in a way that Sonja couldn’t.
Red Sonja does a bit of jumping around with this installment in a way that I’m not too much of a fan of with the back and forth but it does it all well enough that you’re able to keep with the story clearly. I like what we’re getting from Sitha with all of this and the focus on her and Kebra is nicely done. Sonja’s only in this for a few panels in the flashback that’s brief and then at the end, but it’s important for Sitha to feel like she really is a lead in this storyline and given the time to be so. It’s a solid read with great artwork that has eager to see how the whole storyline will unfold at this point in the larger journey that Sonja and Sitha are on.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: February 23rd, 2022