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The Art of Red Sonja Hardcover – Feb 10 2011

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (Feb. 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606900668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606900666
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 22.6 x 30.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 19 2011
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:12 Mins
The presentation format is similar to The Art of Vampirella, also from the same publisher Dynamite Entertainment. It includes the history before the gallery. There's no other commentary.

The selection here seems to have more finesse compared to Art of Vampirella HC. The covers are mostly printed at almost full page, with a few at two-third page sizes overlapping each other - better that than not included. It's mainly cover art. Besides a few dubious inclusion, most illustrations are very beautiful and detailed.

Some of the artists included are Adam Hughes, Alex Ross, Frank Cho, Jim Lee, Mel Rubi, JG Jones, Neal Adams and many more. Although the paintings are group by artists, they aren't arranged alphabetically. There's also no index so it's difficult to find pieces from any particular artist.

A worthy collection for Red Sonja fans.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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I really liked this book! Some reviewers complained about the selection but all my favourites were on full page and I agreed with about 90% (I would have done 10% differently but everyone has different taste). I really liked the format & art.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa42b4e10) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa419c7bc) out of 5 stars Red hot book April 19 2011
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The presentation format is similar to The Art of Vampirella, also from the same publisher Dynamite Entertainment. It includes the history before the gallery. There's no other commentary.

The selection here seems to have more finesse compared to Art of Vampirella HC. The covers are mostly printed at almost full page, with a few at two-third page sizes overlapping each other - better that than not included. It's mainly cover art. Besides a few dubious inclusion, most illustrations are very beautiful and detailed.

Some of the artists included are Adam Hughes, Alex Ross, Frank Cho, Jim Lee, Mel Rubi, JG Jones, Neal Adams and many more. Although the paintings are group by artists, they aren't arranged alphabetically. There's also no index so it's difficult to find pieces from any particular artist.

A worthy collection for Red Sonja fans.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa419c7a4) out of 5 stars ok cover collection Feb. 15 2011
By Lars Kingbeard - Published on Amazon.com
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After a short intro which of course I didn't read, the rest of this book is comprised of covers from the dynamite series, as well as the odd preliminary sketch. The covers are grouped by artist, but without any regard to either alphabetical or chronological order, conveniently insuring that finding a particular image will take as long as possible (no, there isn't an index). So, its just covers, pretty straightforward, what could go wrong? is what you might be thinking. Well, despite the size of the book, the covers are reprinted here at their initial print size, only now with a generous 1 inch maroon border ... except for the covers that are printed 2 or three to a page and partially overlapping each other that is. Then there is the choice of covers - dynamite comissions several covers for each issue so they had a lot to choose from, but it seems as though their main criterion for inclusion in this book was to find the more awkward and poorly done covers and highlight them as much as possible while giving short shrift to the better ones. Paul Renaud's covers, which are probably the best, get sqeezed three to a page, while mel rubi enjoys several glorious 2 page spreads for his wrap around covers( these are virtually the only covers in the book printed larger than standard size). Its a bit of a head scratcher. I realize Rubi is one of the main artists, but so is Homs and his covers are largely passed over. I m probably making this sound worse than it is. There are some nice covers by greg tocchini, liam sharp (too small), j g jones and others.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42b62f4) out of 5 stars Too many average covers, but worth taking a look into... March 21 2011
By Carlos Severino - Published on Amazon.com
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SPECIFICS:
Page Count: 216
Number of images: 264
Small images: 57
Half page images: 51
Full page images: 147
2-page spreads: 9
BW images: 4

TEXT:
Introduction - 8 pages

ART:
13 images: 5 stars
85 images: 4 stars
150 images: 3 stars
16 images: 2 stars
0 images: 1 star

Overall: 3,5 Stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42b80cc) out of 5 stars Uneven Quality Jan. 20 2014
By sitdownbike - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was worth the price. I actually read it and found the text informative regarding the Red Sonja character. About a third of the illustrations in the book are what I would call good to excellent. More than half just are not very good. The comics industry does this all the time, they create a following for a book by assigning a rock star illustrator for 6 months or so and then hope that the readers will continue to buy the title because of the storyline after they put in a lesser art team. It is particularily offensive when a book like this comes out with a dozen or 2 good to excellent illustrations and the rest is filler.
HASH(0xa40146b4) out of 5 stars Another quality Art Book From Dynamite! Dec 14 2014
By OrangeCrush - Published on Amazon.com
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The art of Red Sonja is an art book from Dynamite that is really right in line with their other art books like the Art of Vampirella and the Art of Dejah Thoris. You get a basic intro at the beginning of the book, which goes on to explain how the character first started. Its short, but I actually enjoyed this aspect of the book as I wasn't familiar with how Red Sonja got started. From there, it jumps right into the artwork and overall, its a decent selection of Red Sonja work. Like Dejah Thoris and Vampirella, Red Sonja really seems to bring out the best in a lot of artists that depict her. Some of the artists in this book include Alex Ross, Jim Lee, Adam Hughes, Frank Cho, Art Adams, Mel Rubi, Frank Brunner, Pablo Marcos, and John Cassaday.

While there is a lot of great work here, there are ultimately some selections that I just didn't agree with simply due to the fact that there are a lot of better choices that they could have chosen. Of course this is purely subjective so others might disagree completely. Don't get me wrong, there is still a lot of quality work here, but there are also some selections that just shouldn't have made the cut and that is ultimately why I gave it a 4 star rating instead of a 5 star rating.

The quality of the book is right in line with Dynamites other art books. It has a quality binding, mid-level quality paper, which is really what you should expect from all of the art books in this price range, and a nice quality glossy cover. Dynamite does not disappoint in this regard. For the price, your getting a quality art book that will last a long time if properly taken care of.

Bottom line - While its definitely not Dynamites best art book, its still a quality art book and a must buy if your a big fan of Red Sonja. There is some questionable work in here, but is quickly overshadowed by the quality pieces in this book, and there are definitely some amazing pieces of art in this book. Red Sonja is just one of those characters that seems to inspire the best out of the artists that depict her. By the time you get through this book, you will be thankful you bought it!

4 stars!


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