Walking A Mile In The Other’s Boots: ‘Vampirella/Red Sonja #6’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Vampirella witnesses Red Sonja’s encounter with the old woman who gave her the Generation Stone. Vampirella sees Red Sonja first arrive in our world and the lengths Sonja went to in order to survive. Meanwhile, Red Sonja sees what Vampirella’s time on Earth was like before the two met. Sonja sees the punk rock, the sex, and the showdown with the human traffickers. Finally, the two meet again in another world. Sonja arrives to find Vampirella in a nun’s habit. Vampirella has already been in this new realm for 75 years and she fills Red Sonja in on the plague of dragons this world has suffered in that time.

Vampirella/Red Sonja #6 cover by Babs Tarr
Vampirella/Red Sonja #6 cover by Babs Tarr

Vampirella/Red Sonja #6 has our two heroes learn one another’s histories and the suffering each has experienced. They come to understand one another in a way neither had before and it culminates in the bizarre arrival in “The Dragon War of Northumbria.”

This provides a strange twist to the tale. Sonja and Vampirella come to a world of classical fantasy where dragons are burning everything down. Vampirella explains all of this to Sonja in a quick exposition dump. However, none of this turns out relevant–at least not yet. This is a bit of a spoiler, but Sonja and Vampirella hop worlds once again before much happens in “The Dragon War of Northumbria.”

The issue comes off feeling largely a little pointless as a result. While Sonja and Vampirella experiencing each other’s lives does help give the character a stronger bond, the rest of the book comes off superfluous.

Drew Moss puts in another strong issue in the visual department. The detailing, texturing, and character work he creates all looks spectacular and creates a nice atmosphere for the book. Rebecca Nalty contributes with an often grim yet wild color palette which comes to suit both Sonja and Vampirella perfectly.

Vampirella/Red Sonja #6 is a decent installment. The relationship between these two characters has been well-built and has become quite endearing. “The Dragon War of Northumbria” is a strange turn that (so far) seems to go nowhere. Despite that, I found myself enjoying this comic quite a bit and can give it a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.

Vampirella/Red Sonja #6 comes to us from writer Jordie Bellaire, artist Drew Moss, color artist Rebecca Nalty, letterer Becca Carey, cover artist Babs Tarr; Clayton Henry with Mike Spicer; Leonardo Romero with Jordie Bellaire; Lynne Yoshi; and Drew Moss with Rebecca Nalty and Frank Thorne.

Final Score: 7/10

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