Are we having fun yet? Again, thanks for all the positive comments! Know also, O Readers, if you missed the first couple of issues, donât worry — you can jump right in and I donât think itâll take you too long to figure out whatâs going onâ¦.
Who doesnât like a hot bath? I hope you enjoyed this page — my husband and my gay sister-in-law were certainly both on board. But as you may have guessed, the towel was a last minute additionâ¦ At first I was kind of like whoa, like the childbirth scene in Saga, but look sheâs getting out of the bath and sheâs not going to be wrapping a towel around her bod like some kind of soap commercial so letâs move on…
Boom! Carlos really outdid himself with this page. Iâm sure his hand was aching by the time he finished it so please enjoy. For a page like this, please take a moment to give a hand to the colorist Mohan. If you didnât know, most colors in comics are done digitally, which maybe sounds like itâs easy to you, but each color on this page needs a line definition, which means someone has to TRACE every single little detail on this page in Photoshop before it gets filled with color, than rendered. This is called FLATTING and itâs a pain in the butt, I can tell you, because Iâve done it and I canât imagine doing it under professional time pressure.
Those pesky cultists again! I think Max looks particularly cute in this splash page holding that garbage can lid like it’s going to do anything…
Remember I told you last time to keep your eyes on that sword on Maxâs wall? That sure came in handyâ¦. Iâm still laughing at Maxâs expression…
Okay, now letâs get outta here! But how? Youâre here because you want to see whatâs going on in my mind, and in my mind, in movies and TV, you can just jump into a car and peel off but this is New York and itâs a tricky place, plus Sonja needs to get around in style. She donât uber or lyft or take the bus. So, motorcycle it is. Fortunately, Max has one right in the garage!
Max is a good cop, so heâs going to respect the law and wear a helmet, but Sonja not so much. And slow is not in Sonjaâs vocabularyâ¦ Last panel, I have to say, I really tried to think of a good taunt or curse that was printable, but it just wasnât forthcoming. I swear, I will try to do better next time. Believe me, a thousand people in the business have stepped up to help me learn to curse better so expect good things coming up.
All roads lead back to a tavern, it seemsâ¦ and Spike seems to be a good person to hang with. I like Spike, sheâs everyoneâs reliable friend who can talk sense into you when things go off the rails. I hope I can do more with her in the story. We will explore more with craft beer laterâ¦ no cocktails with fancy garnishes though!
Here we take care of a practical part of getting Red Sonja around town. Iâve said in interviews Iâm not too concerned about what my characters wear — Iâm not here to tell the artist what to draw down to the last button (unless of course thatâs what they want). But Sonja needs something to get around for a bit without drawing too much attention, so this may be the one and only time you will she the She-Devil inâ¦ workout clothes! Older readers may recognize that blue outfit. Carlos put that in as a cute homageâ¦.
Max is a hero — Sonja and her true love, her sword are reunited. Jay is taking a huge risk! People in law enforcement, I know youâre thinking that just wouldnât happen, but hey, good thing sheâs got an uncle in internal affairs just in case…
This was a fun scene. Introducing Holly, smart, librarian, cosplayer, all around geek girl. I really wanted to get a library scene in that made sense. Librarians donât get enough good representation in comics, so shout out to all librarians out there. Respect! If you read my X-Files one shot, I did the same thing with park rangers.
Holly geeks out, as any real historian/cosplayer would … bless Carlos for nailing her expressions. I generally have very, very few art notes, but I did ask Carlos if he could add more ear piercings for Holly, which I thought were more in character. Iâm pretty pleased.
Max is up to his old tricks again…
Uh oh, no wonder this department is so well fundedâ¦.
Swanky! So truth be told, I wanted to put this Temple of Dendur scene in partly because itâs my favorite place at the Met Museum. When I was 21, I somehow got invited to a party there and I was agog at how beautiful it was at night, lit up by candlelight and full of swanky people. Itâs also one of the few places in the museum big enough for an epic showdown. You wonât see that in movies or TV without oodles of money in CGI so God bless comics…
Nay, Sonja donât serveâ¦ These are moments when the script practically writes itselfâ¦.
Uh oh, trouble! The fake NSA, ICE Agents of Gath are back! Max is desperately trying to do his duty like a good copâ¦.
PAGE SEVENTEEN – EIGHTEEN
And here we goâ¦. in glorious double page spread. You know Sonja really wants to kill this woman, and so do I…
Thatâs right, bow down to Sonjaâ¦ oh, wait…
Here comes Kulan Gath! Heâs looking pretty snazzy. I think heâs been doing well in modern times. Dare I say, with a dash of Ian McKellen panacheâ¦?
Anyway, I hope you join us for the next issue a month from now. Shoutout to Simon Bowland for his impeccable lettering and the whole Dynamite crew for their support. Follow Carlos and me on twitter @amychu and @nemafronspain and on instagram @amy_chu @carlosgomezartist for little teasers. Itâs going to be as you can imagine, pretty epic!
PS: I’ve got my very first Reddit IAMA tomorrow, Thurssday, March 16th, at noon so join in if you’ve got something you want to ask! (No spoilers!)