Monday, August 15, 2022

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Red Sonja: Monster Isle + Alivs Rex

Red Sonja: Monster Isle

Shipwrecked on a forgotten prison island, the red-headed swordswoman battles monstrous man-beasts, her only allies a disreputable crewman and the ship’s captain—the first conveniently named Ratvos, and the other Todo, apparently just for the tired “…not in Kansas, anymore…” reference from The Wizard of Oz.

The story is an obvious version of H.G. Wells’ Island of Dr. Moreau, with the mad warden’s black rituals accomplishing what the mad doctor did with science. Although a pleasant enough read, this one-shot is not “spectacular” as the marketing solicitations state. Given that writer Roy Thomas co-created the character in the first place, both his and Red Sonja’s fans might be disappointed by a well-known plot that offers few surprises. In addition, Pablo Marcos’ normally impressive art suffers at times from the use of several different colorists, giving the book an inconsistent look.

Alivs Rex

The medieval kingdom of Northwind is the final holdout against the invading hordes of the Mammonite Warlord, Orlik. Cutting a bloody swathe across Britannia, his armies have eradicated all forces that dared to stand against them. But Orlik is just the malevolent front of an even greater threat, the mysterious Alivs Rex, meaning “foreign king.” Exactly how foreign will be the greatest shock that the God-fearing knights of Northwind will ever experience, as they pit all their resources against creatures and weapons never before seen on Earth!

But with only swords, bravery, and faith to sustain them, what hope do they, or the rest of Humanity, have against an alien invasion? Described by actor/writer/publisher/scientist—yes, the man is amazing—Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, The Hammer Kid) as Lord of the Rings meets Independence Day, this sci-fi/fantasy epic features artwork by Gabriel Guzmán (Lady Death).

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