The first issue of the 40th Anniversary four-issue mini-series isn’t quite what I expected. Happily, it’s more. Written and drawn by “the biggest female stars in the worlds of prose, television, gaming and comics” the first issue isn’t a collection of separate tales as usually befits this type of anthology. Instead it is a single story where various other tales are woven into the tale in flashbacks and re-tellings of the adventures of Red Sonja who is pursued by a group of mercenaries and killers known as the Grey Riders.
Legends of Red Sonja #1 introduces the Grey Riders in the main tale by Gail Simone while also offering use separate tales by other artists and writers of past adventures of the She-Devil with a Sword involving her thieving, fighting both a werewolf and giant squid, and defying the gods.
Although it lacks a view of the character herself, this collection of stories is more than enough to sell me on the series and make me to look forward to what the next group of artists and writers have in store. Worth a look.
[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]