Surelly, there must be a point when it is so diluted, that it is not Sonja anymore. If any woman with a metal bikini and a sword can be Sonja, is there any point for any character to continue to be called Sonja? What about a Nubian she-warrior from the bronze age? Will she be named Black Sonja? An Egyptian Queen from any of the Ptolemaic dynasties, will she be Sonja-Ra? And what will you call a vampire-hunting girl: Vampironja? Or maybe Sonjarella? When you wash away the distinctive personality and traits from a character, and leave only a name, you’re not creating a symbol, nor a myth. You are not saying that she is so recognizable that she is the embodiment of all strong, fighting women throughout time. Just as you need more than a loincloth and a sword to build a larger-than-life character like Conan, and won’t do with a blue leotard and a red cape to equal Superman, or any random twelve tasks to make a Hercules out of your characters, so Sonja cannot be reduced to a pair of metal encased tits and a phallic sword. Or should not. Dynamite keeps whoring Sonja, and id doing so she’s on a par with the times. Originality is no longer something to be cherished. Neither is continuity, as it smells too much of conservatism. The times are for institution-bashing and quality-smashing drible. Homeopathic drible, where you dilute so much what could work that it is not there anymore.
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Sunday, January 23, 2022
On the one hand, I have to say I'm happy at seeing Sonja back in her original outfit, on the other hand, its quite clear Dynamite have no idea what to do with Sonja, and now are just, for lack of a better term, whoring her out to whatever writer they can get, as most of the budget most go on cover artists.
So in this newest series, we are getting a younger Sonja, who has donned a cursed chain mail shirt (a short story was published in one of the previous series in 2020/2021, I've lost track) that she cant remove. So she travels to Britain, to see Merlin and the Green Knight..... Red Sonja.... in....Camelot.
I give up....