Korak: Son of Tarzan (Red Sonja/Tarzan #3 Comic Review)

User Rating: 10

Writer: Gail Simone

Artists: Walter Geovani

Cover Artists: Aaron Lopresti, Walter Geovani, Dee Cunniffe, Sergio Davila, Cece De La Cruz, Roberto Castro, and Salvatore Aiala

Colors: Adriano Augusto

Letters: Simon Bowland

Swords of Sorrow, The Son of Tarzan, Blood Bonding, and HG Wells all in one issue.

Cover A: Lopresti

WHAT HAPPENED: 

In this issue, we see Duul head to Cameroon to attack Tarzan’s family: his—son Korak (Jack Greystoke)—Korak’s wife—Meriem—and their son—Jackie (Jane has yet to appear). Isolated members of Duul’s party meet their ends at Korak’s hands after they murdered several generations of elephants for sport. While Korak is away, Duul and his remaining party attack their home in an attempt to kidnap Jackie. Meriem’s guards are able to hold Duul’s party off long enough for her to escape.

While this is happening, Tarzan and Sonja head to the home of H.G. Wells, hoping to find out how Duul and his cronies have been able to pass between dimensions. I’m leaving a bunch out because this is where the majority of the spoilers are, but there’s a huge throwback to Simone’s Women of Dynamite mega team-up Swords of Sorrow.

WHAT MARY HAS TO SAY: 

This issue is amazing. I’ve never known a writer to balance so many subplots and weave them together seamlessly like Gail Simone. So many things happen in this issue, but none of the subplots outweigh each other and the pacing never suffers. Geovani’s art is beyond compare and, when paired with Augusto’s colors, just becomes a damn masterpiece.

I don’t really want to say too much because so much happens in each issue, but if you get any book this week, make sure it is this one.

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A lesbian who spends too much time/money reading and overanalyzing comic books. Also the co-host of the LGBTQ comic podcast Rainbows to the Rescue and the Chief News Editor of Shoot The Breeze Comics.
Summary
Red Sonja/Tarzan #3 is another feather in the caps of Simone and Geovani. The issue is an incredibly well-done crossover of classic fantasy, sci-fi, and modern comics.
Good
  • Everything. This issue is a gem.
  • All the well-written subplots!
  • Korak!
Bad
  • I've got nothing bad to say about this issue.
10
Perfect
Writing - 10
Art - 10
Plot - 10
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A lesbian who spends too much time/money reading and overanalyzing comic books. Also the co-host of the LGBTQ comic podcast Rainbows to the Rescue and the Chief News Editor of Shoot The Breeze Comics.

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  1. I read the first two where Sonja spends her time being beaten. If the first issue is anything to go by where Duul is hunting her down as the woman he wants to rape and murder, the implications of her ‘His men put their hands on me’ and her statements of trauma in talking to the Traveler, an obvious inference is that she was raped. Simone is often praised for doing away with the vow and the rape in Sonja’s old origin. It’s somewhat peculiar that she’s thrown that sort of thing into this. Can’t say I have much faith in this going forward. But some folks don’t mind having her beaten around by monkey men.

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