Red Sonja / Claw The Unconquered: Devil's Hands (Paperback)

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9781401212100: Red Sonja / Claw The Unconquered: Devil's Hands (Paperback)

Red Sonja, the legendary crimson-haired she-devil with a sword, and DC Comics' Claw, the cursed warrior, are thrown together as unlikely allies against a despotic evil sorcerer who was once a friend to Red Sonja but is now her sworn enemy. The problem is, that enemy may be the only one who holds the key to unlocking the terrible curse Claw must endure.

One thing is certain: should Claw finally succumb to the dark urges that have been slowly consuming him, the only person who can stop him is Sonja!

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Grade 10 Up—Whether from the Brigitte Nielsen movie in the 1980s, her continually random cameos in any number of Marvel books, or the recent success of her own series, the fiery-haired barbarian known as Red Sonja will be familiar to many readers of fantasy comics. Claw the Unconquered, though, has much less of a following. In many ways he is DC's own version of Conan but with one major difference: due to a curse, his right hand has been turned into a demonic claw. Sonja and Claw meet by chance when he is moments away from ending his own life. The two join forces when bandits ambush them, and they then journey to discover the identity of the leader of the marauders. Layman assumes that most readers know Red Sonja already, so he focuses on developing Claw's past through a series of flashbacks. The backstory becomes vitally important as the climax hinges on his ability to maintain control and not give in to the violent urges he constantly feels to kill everyone around him—including Red Sonja. With Claw's über-enhanced muscles and Sonja's gravity-defying armored bikini, Smith's tightly drawn art shows a unique flair for well-choreographed, and sometimes gory, action scenes. Layman and Smith have created a straightforward sword-and-sorcery comic with all the trimmings, both good and bad. Fans of fantasy will love the fast pace of this sword-slashing action story.—Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA
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