With issue #6 of “Red Sonja” #6 hitting stands last Wednesday, Dynamite hooked CBR News up with writers Michael Avon Oeming and Mike Carey to take us “behind the curtain” of both issue #6 and the issue that follows it in terms of story– but which kicked off the whole Red Sonja craze– issue #0.
Yesterday, we presented both Oeming and Carey’s thoughts on issue #0. Today, we’re happy to present Oeming’s thoughts on the closing issue of the first “Red Sonja” arc.
(ART: CAMO COVER TO #6): I won’t get too much into this issue, only because I know some fools out there are “listening to the commentary before watching the film.” The “Camo” but it’s such a nice cover, simple, just Sonja from the back, drawing her sword.
This is where everything comes together, some big things happen, some nice reversals. Lots of work went into this issue, I must have done four outlines for it to make sure everything paid off and was relevant. Mike Carey really came through because the pressure was on me and I wasn’t writing the best dialogue in the world, but Carey is a master and made it flow.
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(ART: PAGE 6) Here is where Fah’s arrogance comes back at him. There is a subtle stream of racism running in this arc. I like how Fah really is a racist F&^@ but THINKS he is helping the Zedda’s. He thinks they are simple and he can control them. Again Mel comes through with the visual pay off, without that, all ideas will fall short. Thanks Mel.
(ART: PAGE 7) I really like the simple hardcore fight between the Celestial and Sonja, and Mel pulled off the “reveal” quite nice.
(ART: PAGE 19) We see the return of the slave girl and a reversal of the perceived heroes of the story. Now it is Sonja who seems the villain. She is after all, destroying a city that brought peace to the land. Sonja sets off the find the girl and that brings us back to issue Zero. Again we see the town, again we see the hanged man at the gates, and again, like a good joke, a good story often comes back to its beginning.
Over all, you will, upon reflection, hopefully find seeds we have planted here that we will return on in later issues. We have plans on making the first two years read as one large story, so keep your eyes peeled for clues spread out through these issues that will creep up on you later.