Hello folks! Been a while since I’ve written a review, but my last graphic novel was so good I want to rave about it for a bit.
The concept for this book was to tell a series of stories from different points in Sonja’s life, revealing (in part anyway) what shaped her into the warrior we see today. But how exactly did this awesome project come to be? I asked Gail Simone this on tumblr, and here’s what she had to say:
“...I remember thinking about the ‘braided novels’ of the WILD CARDS series of superhero/fantasy universe, wherein a bunch of great writers put together a book made of connected, but separate stories. I always thought that was a cool format, something we don’t see often in comics.
I didn’t want to do just an anthology. The sword and sorcery genre is full of those, including things like Savage Tales, So my thinking was for me to come up with the main story, of Sonja being hunted for betraying a prince, and I would write the framing sequences to put it all together
Then I just wildly asked all my favorite female authors. I wanted to draw from a wide group, of comics, prose, television, gaming, and elsewhere, and I just shot for the stars and asked the biggest names and best people I could think of.
The amazing thing about it was, we hear all the time that there ‘aren’t enough women writers,’ when companies are asked why they don’t hire more. It took me MAYBE fifteen minutes to make a list of names, and MAYBE half an hour to write them all, and in ONE AFTERNOON we had a dream line-up of writers that will likely never happen again.
So, I am very skeptical when companies say they can’t make this happen. I made it happen in the time it takes to watch an episode of Star Trek…”
Gail’s simple idea became a reality, and with an all-star team of creators, Legends of Red Sonja was born, filled with stories of adventure, drinking, humour, a little romance, and a lot of VULGAR behavior (those of you who follow Gail on Twitter will get that joke).