I quite like Red Sonja. She's a character who can tolerate a high amount of nonsense and fits as the straight woman to a mad, mad world (Red Sonja has to collect a chef, an erotic dancer and others so that to a mad emperor can host a party, Red Sonja gets involved in gentrification, Red Sonja is a chainmail bikini-clad fish out of water in NYC because of magic)
And now Mark Russell is writing her. Mark Russell who wrote the most intriguing comic I've not read all the way through - The Flintstones.
I'm on board for #1 at least.
No man knows the place of her birth, nor where she learned to wield a sword to shame many a male. They know only that she is called The She-Devil of The Hyrkanian Steppes. That, and RED SONJA. MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan) bring a savage tale of metal and blood. A world conqueror possesses a massive army and a fatal prophecy. A bastard sorceress craves revenge. And a fearsome red-haired warrior is made wartime ruler of a homeland set for decimation
Christian Ward cover. I've met him. He's very nice (and admired my cosplay) AND has achieved the dream of every teacher.
Dragan the Magnificent is the Emperor of the Zamoran empire.
A prophecy says that when his empire stops expanding, Dragan will die.
Red Sonja comes home to Hyrkania after a long time adventuring.
Hyrkania is just a terrible, poor place. Like Stoke, but with better scenery.
She is hurriedly made queen, which is a (figuratively) poisoned chalice.
A messenger from the Zamoran empire greets the new queen.
Sonja finds out that she has a cousin, who would probably be one of the Hyrkanians sent as tribute. Those tributes rarely return and those who do return...broken