Red Sonja is an imaginary swords-and-gauntlet comic-book character created by writer Roy Thomas and letterer Barry Windsor-Smith in 1973, based on the characters Red Sonya of Rogatino & Dark Agnes of French Mythology. In the character’s comic book appearance, Red is an aging princess (possibly Queen Victoria) who has been magically transformed into a powerful blood-thirster by an unknown wizard. She uses her powerful magical abilities to wage war against the villainous Enchantress, although the mystical energies she channels into her sword fail to have any lasting effect on her enemies. In addition, she also possesses a magical ring which changes the colour of her clothing whenever she needs to change into a different weapon.
Red Sonja was one of the main protagonists in the series of Marvel Comics’ comic books, appearing regularly in various series. Her comic book debut was in the series of issue #1, where she was featured as an extra. Following her appearances in the first few issues, Red Sonja began to receive her own solo comic book series, written by Edger Allen and drawn by Bill Finger and drawn by Stan Lee. The second volume of the series was not as well received by fans of the comic book industry, but the third installment brought the character into the spotlight once again. In the series, she was depicted as a founding member of the Avengers.
The character’s legendary status was revived in the late 1990s, when she made a number of guest appearances in various other mediums, including the animated television show, the video game series, and the live action film, New Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The New Avengers series reintroduced Red Sonja as a major player in the superhero team, and she was given her own comic book series once more. Red is now known by many different names throughout the world, and in the comic books she is often represented by her signature helmet. Here we’ll examine the character’s background, her origins, and her relationships with the other members of the Avengers.
There are many similarities between Red Sonja and the Marvel comic book version of the character, including her massive size (apart from her helmet) and her mysterious past. In the comics, Red was presumed dead following the battle on Agrabah but in the source material she survived this event and was recruited by the Avengers. Like most super heroes, she has a secretive history that is only revealed over time – most notably during the events of the Secret Wars event. She is also quite arrogant and stubborn, two characteristics shared by her comic book counterpart.
The Red Sonja comics feature several interesting members of the team, including Vision, Wasp, Quicksilver, and Spiderman. However, unlike the movie version, the character doesn’t have any ongoing storylines, nor does she have any supporting characters to interact with. This means that the book as a whole doesn’t have much development, instead relying on the main characters for much of its content. Additionally, the character doesn’t possess any superhuman abilities, apart from the incredible strength that she learned in her basement, and she is not generally considered to be the strongest opponent in the Marvel comic book world.
With that being said, Red Sonja isn’t actually one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel cosmos. She certainly ranks near the top, however. She is arguably stronger than Cyclops, although he can only be hurt if she uses her head (something that she does regularly). She is also more accomplished than most of the Avengers and has very powerful telepathic abilities. All of this is why Red Sonja consistently manages to score hits against the Avengers and their teammates.
In the late sixties and the early seventies, Red Sonja’s real identity was discovered, and she was named Polaris. Polaris was the leader of the Skrull race that often times portrayed as evil creatures by Marvel. Polaris was known to be extremely powerful, even more so than Thanos, who she herself had been pictured as being at one point. It was this identity that would make her worthy of several collections of Savage Sonja Vol. 1.
As a fan of the Savage Land era of the Marvel comics, I was incredibly excited to add the story line to my collection. While it’s not huge, I still found it to be exciting to look at. The fact that there are a ton of variant covers for each volume of the collected edition of Red Sonja Vol. only added to that excitement.