Famed comics writer Gail Simone has been writing Red Sonja’s exploits for Dynamite for a while now, so we wanted to see how a well-regarded writer took on a character whose portrayal over the years has frequently been… let’s just say “not exactly feminist”. This issue, a chapter of an ongoing ‘quest’ storyline, served as an intro to the current run for two of the team, so how did it stand up as an entry point, as a piece of fantasy storytelling, as a comic book, and as a woman-led title?

And for this show’s Top Three and Worst One Ever, Bex takes a look at madness in comics, trying to work out what it takes to make mental illness (or what comics tend to deliver when they try for it) work in comics, and why it’s so hard to get right.

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