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Red Sonja: The Black Tower

(Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1-4)

2.68  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  20 reviews
What is the Black Tower? What startling mysteries does it contain within its walls? And most shockingly... how will its very existence cause the death of Red Sonja? When the Hyrkanian swordswoman rides into the city of Lur, she discovers that a mysterious ebon fortress has risen in the night, inspiring paranoia among the populace. While some fearful citizens are driven to ...more
Published (first published December 22nd 2015)
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I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Quite possibly the worst comic I've ever read.

For SOME REASON hoopla has this title listed in the LGBTQ category and let me just say that this book has zero queer content. I'm so mad. I wanted to see Red Sonja be canonically wlw. I got stiffed, folks
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
A very strange Red Sonja story where she fights robots from the future.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
What fun this was! Stupid, yes, but fun. And fast also. A good read with all its robots, time traveling and wanking around with swords.
Wayne McCoy
'Red Sonja: The Black Tower' is about a character that is popular in comics again, but this story feels like a bit of a set back.

In the city of Lur, a mysterious black tower has emerged, and we are told that it's existence will cause the death of Red Sonja. Before it does, she will have to deal with some idiot men who need a lesson. Unfortunately, she leaves one alive and he vows his revenge. You know that will come back to haunt her. We see the town over the years as chaos reigns and a strange
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2015
Really rather disappointing. For completists only.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is worst Red Sonja comic book I have ever read and one of the stupidest comic books I have ever read. The story goes like this:
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Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Every cliche storytelling trope you could imagine, but worse because nobody would ever dare use them. The only thing that saved this book was the villains were somewhat interesting. Except for the very end when we learn this amazing dark god figure is just a time traveling bro. The artwork was worthy, which is the only reason I gave this that second star.
David J Motta

Do you read Red Sonja and Conan because of all the lightsaber wielding robots and laser guns and time travel? Me neither. What were they thinking with this one? They completely missed the point of the Hyborian Age.
Ned Leffingwell
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wacky, over the top story and I loved every minute of it. We have all of the Red Sonja tropes, such as people getting their limbs sliced off and huge battles. This was a fun read. Recommended for fans of pulp sword and sorcery action.
Liked the artwork...but the story felt like it was missing something. And there were sections that felt like they weren't thought through which was frustrating.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This started out as a fun mixing of sword/sorcery and SciFi with Sonja doing her best Nick Fury impression. Unfortunately, the ending made no sense at all.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
All those fights, blood, gore, rape attempt, and castration, but somehow a curse word is a shade too far?
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, comics
It's not quite one of those "so bad it's good" comics. More like in the area of vatderheck? But you read anyway because it's just so unbelievably bad. xD
I love the character of Red Sonja. But I wasn't really into this version of her.

I'm not sure what it was. Maybe it was the whole idea of the story. Maybe the writing. It's hard to put my finger on it.

Everything happened so quickly. It was like an epic story was forced to fit into a short story. It jumps right into the action, but it feels like sequences were cut out of a film. The whole thing felt rushed - the story, the writing, even the art. Almost as if they didn't have enough time to tell
Keith Irwin
Jan 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
This collects the issues of Red Sonja: The Black Tower into one single volume. This story has everything you want in a good Tom Baker Doctor Who episode: false gods, evil robots, time travelers. Except that this is a Red Sonja story. And, honestly, the whole thing just feels weird and discordant. I mean, there are Red-Sonja-ish bits to the story, especially at the start, but, on the whole, it's just strange. The art is fine, but the plot is strange and the pacing is uneven. It just doesn't feel ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A firm three stars, even if, while this is a snappy and fun little read, it is little – slight, almost. And while it tries to do something different with the character, format and whole genre of Red Sonja, what it brings to the table doesn't always work. Well done to it for jumping great gaps of years at a time, and not feeding the audience every little detail necessary for the story. The artwork is as you'd expect – although sometimes the splash pages are a little unnecessary and add to the fee ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Borrowed from Publiser/NetGalley for an honest review.

This may not be the most eloquent way of stating this but here it goes. This story absolutely stinks! It's was so poorly written and convoluted. It was a bad mix of Star Wars, Doctor Who and other generic elements of sci-fi which made it even more weird because it was in a Red Sonja story.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
The best aspect of this trade was the Amanda Conner covers. Pretty um.. bad. Just blah. Weak story, art was okay. It was like "Men bad, Women helpless victims" the whole way, poor storytelling as whole.

I received an advanced copy of this from and the publisher.
Amanda Majasaari
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I did love this new book of Red Sonja. It was really different one than earlier. And the illustration art work with combat scenes was really a pleasure to go through.
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Jan 13, 2017
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Jan 26, 2015
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Dec 22, 2015
Tye Emert
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Sep 20, 2016
rated it it was ok
May 07, 2019
rated it it was ok
May 15, 2018
Matthew Groves
rated it it was ok
May 27, 2019
Alex Budris
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May 18, 2019
Shayne Bertrand
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Sep 28, 2017
Philip Read
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