Saturday, April 11, 2020

Red Sonja: Birth of the She Devil, SubaComic Exclusive (Gerald Parel)

Well, it surely must be old news by now, but SubaComic also offered variant covers for issues #2, #3, and #4 of last year’s mini-series RED SONJA: BIRTH OF THE SHE-DEVIL; however, for completism sake, here they are.

Just as it was the case with issue #1, these variants are by French artist Gerald Parel, whose covers are pretty well known by Marvel readers. His take on Red Sonja is quite interesting, presenting us a more elfin she-devil, not as well-endowed or muscular as one would expect, but lithe and elegant as a feline. The use of color and light is quite striking, particularly in issue #2. As a set, the four covers present a quite bucolic, almost pastoral, interpretation of Sonja, as if Parel is more interested in the inner-state of the warrior right before or after moments of violence, than in the fight itself, thus relegating violence to a necessity, rather than a taste, in Sonja’s life. Be as it may, these covers make for interesting comparison to the main covers for the series by Lucio Parrillo.

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