Chaos Converges On The Warriors: ‘Red Sonja: Age Of Chaos #3’ Reviewed
by Josh Davison
Mild Spoilers Ahead
Lady Demon has just explained what has happened to Red Sonja and Chastity. However, she’s also offered them a way out; they can use Kulan Gath’s amulet to resurrect the sorcerer and restore history. Sonja is reluctant, but she is willing to accomplish this task. Lady Demon brings Sonja the amulet, but she must brave hellfire to get it. Elsewhere, Evil Ernie has come across a field of corpses and begins the task of resurrecting them for backup, Purgatori fends off a horde of warriors, and Empress Jade has taken a position of power in Khitai. Mistress Hel begins leading each one back to Kulan Gath’s amulet and an inevitable showdown with Red Sonja and Chastity.
Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #3 updates us on what the other Chaos! Comics characters have been doing since they were thrown back in time. This brings us a few cool encounters and a damn good action scene starring Purgatori butchering a few warriors.
The pacing really amps up in this issue. The parameters of the conflict have been laid out, and we are now marching towards the big showdown. Ernie, Jade, and Purgatori know the amulet is in this time period and they know who has it. All that’s left now is the big fight itself. Plus, that sweet with Purgatori really spices up the issue.
Jonathan Lau’s artwork really shines in this issue too. It’s well-detailed, dynamic, and displays some appealing and unique stylism. Again, he makes that Purgatori fight look absolutely fantastic, and it’s mostly silhouetted. Color artist Andrew Dalhouse makes the book vibrant with a moody and well-balanced palette that suits the dour and apocalyptic tone of the comic.
Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #3 puts a few jolts of excitement into this slow-moving crossover. The stage is being set for a big showdown between Sonja, Chastity, and the other Chaos! Comics characters and I frankly can’t wait. In any case, this issue earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #3 comes to us from writer Erik Burnham, artist Jonathan Lau, color artist Andrew Dalhouse, letterer Carlos M. Mangual, cover artist Lucio Parillo, and variant cover artists Alan Quah with Komikaki Studio; Ale Garza with Mostaffa Moussa and Omi Remalente Jr.; and Kunkka.
Final Score: 8/10