Comic Review: Red Sonja: Berserker by Collins and Casas

Red Sonja: Berserker

Writer: Nancy A Collins

Art: Fritz Casas

Cover: Joseph Michael Linsner

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment


I received this review copy at a most opportune time – during my lunch break.  I decided to read it because it’s been a long time since I’ve read a comic book, and because it’s a one shot.  Complete in one gulp.  My biggest problem with graphic novels and comics lately is the length.  I find that I am lacking the patience for long, drawn out series that ever seem to end!


This is the story of a woman and her bear.  A strong, courageous, though scantily clad woman, and a great big, lumbering snow bear.  Red Sonja saves a bear cub from a duo of jerks, and ends up with a buddy for the winter.  After pissing off a nobleman, she’s hiding out for a while, waiting for the mountain passes to open again.  Her bear hunts with her and keeps her company, but when it’s time for her to move on, she makes the bear stay in the mountains of Asgard and goes off on her merry way.

Flash forward six years – Sonja pisses off two guys in an ale house after they mistakenly take her for a woman of low morals.  She quickly puts them in their place, but ends up in jail.  Her judge and jury is the uncle of one of the two idiots from the ale house, so Sonja is quickly sentenced to 10 years hard labor.  When Pomodo chooses her to fight in his bloody games, he doesn’t know that a can of whoop-ass is going to be unleashed on him.  Oops! 

Without giving the entire story away, Sonja and her bear are reunited.  Awwwww!  Sonja and the bear proceed to create a great deal of chaos, while giving all of the bad guys their due.  Bye, bye, jerkwads!

I have to admit, I wasn’t really taken by the story until after the reunion with the bear.  Then I was all over this!  I even got a little teary eyed at one point.  All that goes to prove is that if you throw an animal in a story, I will think it is the greatest thing, ever!  I loved the bear and the bond Sonja formed with it.  What girl doesn’t want a bad ass partner like a snow bear??

The art is easy to follow, and style fit the story to a T.  I wasn’t so fond of Sonja’s battle gear, but I’ll admit, I have always wondered at the thought of being garbed in so little when marching off to battle.  Come on!  I, for one, would want my vital organs covered by some high grade plate mail (chain mail if I was on a budget), whether I was a barbarian or not!  Dean says I am being unrealistic in this regard.  I just remind myself that this comic wasn’t really drawn with me in mind.

Overall, this is a fun, exciting read, with some touching moments and a lot of intense action.

Grade: B

Review copy provided by publisher

Available in a comic book store near you February 12