Listen up cosmic nerd farmers, I was given three books to review over the past two weeks and I’ve ended up putting Swords of Sorrow #1 on the top of that list, unfortunately it’s much like your mom asking you to choose which vegetable you’d rather have between broccoli, brussel sprouts or green beans. Sure you’ll choose green beans because they taste the “best”, but that still doesn’t mean you want to eat them. That’s how I feel about Swords of Sorrow.
Swords of Sorrow is a six part mini series from Dynamite Comics that’s written by the ever so talented Gail Simone. It’s only fitting that the woman who revived both Batgirl and Red Sonja be in charge of something with such female gusto. I couldn’t think of a better word unfortunately, but with four plus leading ladies, you can see what I trying to get at.
In Swords of Sorrow #1 each of the baddest chicks spanning universes are given a sword of unimaginable power to take down a villain with uh, unimaginable powers… Aaaanyways, with a cast ranging from Vampirella, Red Sonja, Deja Thoris, and a female version of Kato, its hard not to take notice of the book.
Swords of Sorrow #1 is a short and to the point book. They waste no time introducing all of the characters including the villain, and the jump through time and space seems like it should span decades but really only takes a few seconds and often in comical ways, very reminiscent of Bill & Ted. You might recognize the art by Sergio Davila if you read Legenderry, another book that travels to a different Dynamite universe, one that’s much more steampunk.
As always, even with the worst books I read, I try to find its strengths, find out why someone would like the book, with Swords of Sorrow its of course, strong writing, sharp art, and something a lot of people take for granted when picking up a mini series, yes it’s partially boobs, but I’m talking about its crossovers. In the back of Swords of Sorrow #1 you can see exactly where this mini series can take you, and just reading Swords of Sorrow wont be enough. You’ll want to pick up Vampirella/Jennifer Blood, Red Sonja/Jungle Girl, Black Sparrow/Lady Zorro, and Masquerade/Kato because they look so fun. Its actually so simple it’s brilliant, it’s like a ladder, sure you could scale up a wall with just two beams, that would be Swords of Sorrow, but if you combine rungs all the way up, such as the crossovers, the trip becomes a lot easier and so much more enjoyable.