Legenderry Red Sonja #1
Written by: Mark Andreyko
Drawn by: Igor Lima and Adriano Augusto
Published by: Dynamite Comics

Not Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

I thought the steampunk redux Legenderry Red Sonja #1 was a pretty outstanding comic that I would ordinarily write a long review on just how good it really is. Just look at the J. Scott Campbell cover alone. PHENOM. Landing writer Mark Andreyko? Just as amazing. There is some talent on this book as Igor Lima’s pencils are gorrrrrrrgeous with Adriano Augusto’s colors POPPING.

But I’m not writing a review for Legenderry Red Sonja #1. I have an issue and it has nothing to do with the actual comic. Once again the credits of the book have a lack of two names that should be synonymous with Red Sonja: Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith. The book does mention “Based on the heroine created by Robert E. Howard” which is true……but only to a point.

The Red Sonja we all know and love? She was “created” by Thomas and Smith. Even those Marvel Comics from the 70’s were happy to point out that Howard was “the creator”. But the shifting of the character, her attributes, and her look were all created by two men who are never credited. Should Dynamite say, “Created by Howard, Thomas, and Smith”? No. They don’t have to.

But while they have no problem saying “Special thanks to Shannon Kingston” in the comic credits (she’s the VP of Merchandising for Red Sonja LLC), Dynamite has a problem saying “A very special thanks to Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith.” These men don’t see a profit from the character they helped develop and make a household name. They should at least have the tiniest bit of recognition. Shannon Kingston gets recognition. Does she deserve recognition? I’m sure she does – she probably has a hand in Red Sonja being published at Dynamite. But does Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor Smith deserve recognition as well? DAMN RIGHT THEY DO.

So even though this issue truly deserves to be reviewed I’m not going to review it. AND I’ll continue to read the book and not review it until there is some sort of acknowledgement to the two men who really made Red Sonja what she is today.  I still love your books, Dynamite.  I just wish you would just set one little thing right.


Have no clue what I’m talking about? Learn more about Red Sonja’s creation by Thomas and Windsor Smith in the video below:

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