[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Dragan prepares his invasion of Hyrkania and is seen off by his children. Hyrkania itself is ill-equipped for the war ahead, and Red Sonja is doing her best to prepare for the bloodshed to come. She sends her cousin, Kryon, away to procure fundings from foreign merchants with the help of his Brothers of Misfortune. Zamoran eventually arrives and uses bridges to cross the river into Hyrkania. Sonja responds by firebombing the bridges before the soldiers can cross. This pushes Dragan into negotiating with Sonja and Hyrkania again, and Sonja meets the emperor face-to-face for the first time.
Red Sonja #2 kicks off the proper conflict between Hyrkania and Zamoran, and we get to see how the tiny and poor country copes with war against a massive empire.
Sonja is a warrior born, so she has plans and gambits to keep Dragan’s armies at bay, but they can only accomplish so much without funding. Her plans are creative and make for compelling storytelling.
That said, Hyrkania still has little faith in their new queen as of yet.
The humor is still prevalent in this issue, and it’s often very dark and very dry. It got a lot of laughs out of me; the scene between Dragan and his son is especially funny and awkward in just how uncomfortable it gets. The negotiations between Sonja and Dragan are quite good too.
Mirko Colak continues to bring an aptly grim and gritty art style to this war between two nations. There is a sense of destitution and grime that drives home the concept of Hyrkania as a nation of thieves and poverty. The brief battle between Hyrkania and Zamoran is made visually compelling and interesting by Colak. Dearbhla Kelly’s color art adds to this aesthetic with a palette of reds, grays, and browns.
Red Sonja #2 is another fun yet grim entry for the she-devil and her beleagured nation. Red Sonja and Dragan make for interesting adversaries, and I’m left looking forward to where the war goes from here. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Red Sonja #2 comes to us from writer Mark Russell, artist Mirko Colak, color artist Dearbhla Kelly, letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, cover artist Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts, and variant cover artists Joseph Michael Linsner, Christian Ward, Joe Jusko, and Bob Q.