A little known fact about Red Sonja is she was developed by Roy Thomas for the Marvel Conan the Barbarian series. Shes based on a Robert E. Howard character, Red Sonya of Rogatine, from the story "Shadow of the Vulture." The thief/swordswoman/adventurer of the Conan comic became so popular she was even given her own short-lived Marvel series.
This story takes place a few months after Red Sonjas family are killed by thieves. She and her companion, TShika, are in lively Khorusun looking for wealthy men to fleece and to find the killers of Sonjas parents. They get more than they bargained for when they rob a wealthy and powerful fence, Quianlang.
Thomas and Lightle worked together on this story and their obvious love and respect for the character shows in the end result. The fantasy sword and sorcery genre hasnt been this well represented in quite some time. The hot young artists of today could do their readers a favor by studying Lightles attention to detail in every panel and his mastery of the comics storytelling form. And as a bonus to fans of good girl art his rendering of Sonja could give Frank Thorne a run for his money.
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