Killing Red Sonja’s art brings new tone to franchise

Whereas the art feels more sophisticated to a degree in Red Sonja; Killing Red Sonja gives a watercolor style that makes this series feel more like a kids story, though the content and words are for teens and above.

Russel’s team delivers something that stands wholly different from his ongoing Sonja series, due to the difference in Art, Characters and way the story is told.

As a story from the point of view of Prince Cyril, we see an upset prince whose angry and hopeful. The colors depict a positive and happier tone, which offsets the tale of revenge. Even the decision by the artist and colorist to use watercolors and a simplistic character design, makes the story feel more like a YA fantasy series or even a kids cartoon at times. When the series gets comfortable though, they soon depict dead bodies and decapitation, that never feels too excessive, because these acts are offset by bright colors and a world that appears much happier then the writing would have you think

We’re also seeing a prince who talks to a boar and keeps it as a companion, and a boar who says some pretty dark things about eating people.

While still early, the first issues art and story conflict enough that it doesn’t feel fitting for he story, unless the series artistic or story choices change overtime to show an evolution.

Seeing the watercolors and bright aspects do not help in the story telling because the writing doesn’t match. We’re seeing revenge and talking about eating humans and hanging traitors, which doesn’t match a series whose colors and art feel more like something out of a kids fantasy book.

If this series is meant to target a YA audience, it was a missed opportunity to use a style that fit more with the series. Red Sonja: Age of Chaos depicts a war between powerful and supernatural beings, so the art depicts more ferocity in its characters. Vengeance of Vampirella depicts a more dark fantasy series, and the art is clean with darker colors for the world. In Red Sonja, we have a political intrigue series focusing on battle tactics. All of these series have art and colors that are better fit for the story to accent the series, but the clash of colors and art in this new series does not complement the tone of the storyline.

Going forward, if the goal is to evolve the color palette or art in a such a way to depict the king getting closer to revenge or some other metaphor, then it would be worthwhile, but the current first issue and decision to make the series look like it does, feels off.

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