Oh hey, it’s Woman Crush Wednesday already? Good because I’VE BEEN PLANNING THIS FOR A WEEK.
This week’s #WCW is not just a fictional character, but a specific run on a fictional character: Gail Simone/Walter Geovani’s Red Sonja, from Dynamite Entertainment!
The character of Red Sonja never really interested me, from the Bridgitte Nielsen film to that dopey metal bikini she wears*. However, once I heard Gail Simone was going to be writing the character for Dynamite I was instantly interested: here was a fantastic comic writer who wrote dynamic protagonists, and she was going to take on a dominating female warrior.
Thankfully, the run was everything I hoped it would be: this Red Sonja was indeed a renowned warrior, feared by foes and potential allies alike, but Simone brought so many compelling layers to the character. A running joke in the series is how much Sonja had a propensity to…well…stink. She also made sure to have actual clothing, clothing that would protect in battle and keep her warm at night.
She was at time humorous and merciless, savage and kind-hearted. This version of the character experienced humiliation and triumph, and she took no shit from no man. This was even more hammered home by Geovani’s spectacular rendition of the character.
Geovani excelled at allowing Sonja’s beauty to be ever-present, but he wasn’t afraid to stick her in mud, filth, blood, or bruises. Her actions were forceful – her sword swinging was powerful and purposeful and believable. She caroused and she drank and he made her emotions seem real.
So today we pay homage to the cranky beauty Red Sonja, brought to vivid life by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani. A gal any red-blooded heterosexual would ignore the stink for.
*Seriously, the fuck is up with that bikini? Did Robert E Howard, Roy Thomas, and Barry Windsor-Smith think this was sexy? Did nearly every artist Marvel or Dynamite ever assign to the book think this was a great idea for armor? And it got smaller over time! How is a kickass broad like Sonja going to be protected by a pair of silver dollars over her nipples and a chainmail thong?! Do cosplayers keep it going? Horny fanboys? AM I TAKING CRAZY PILLS?