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Better To Not Ask For Forgiveness This Time Around (Red Sonja: The Forgiving Monsters Review)


Writer: Gail Simone

Artist: Walter Geovani

Color Artist: Adriano Lucas, Alex Guimarães, Marco Lesko & Vinicius Andrade

Letters: Simon Bowland

Publisher: Dynamite

Hard to believe it’s been almost one year since I picked up my first read on the She-Devil with a sword and watched as she hacked, slashed, and lived it up across the lands. It’s pretty fitting to find myself returning to Gail Simone’s fantastic run to complete the journey she put Sonja on. Pick up your swords and save your apologies for someone who cares, we are looking at Red Sonja: The Forgiving Monsters. Spoilers Ahead.

Simone’s final issues of Red Sonja brings the Hyrkanian under the employment of a small village who seek to have a local wizard killed off. Though the deed is done, Sonja finds herself cursed to be unforgiving, going into a berserk rage on anyone who dares to apologize to her. I sure would hate to be any remaining members from a group of bandits who killed Sonja’s family when she was a girl at this moment… To make matters worse for Sonja, she is being hunted down by another wizard who doesn’t have enough magic in him to forgive Sonja for killing his brother.

The curse of being unable to forgive was a great way to see the core of Sonja’s character shine. Not only was she aware of the harm she was causing to those who may apologize to her, but she was also coming face to face with a man whose actions had ended up making Sonja the character she is in a negative way, shaping her into the killer she perceives herself to be. As with the villagers she saved (and beat up), I have to apologize as that is not who Sonja is if anything can be learned from journeying through Simone’s run.

The Forgiving Monsters is a service to all of Sonja’s achievements in the volume of issues Simone wrote. When Sonja finds herself in swords embra