Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #2 In Which Dejah Buys a Dress and a Horse is Well Fed


Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #2

Cover by Jay Anacleto

That is really, truly, all that happens in Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler #2: Dejah gets herself some decent, Victorian clothing and the cabby who came through the distortion with Irene Adler (Did you notice that in the first issue?) sees to it that his horse is well taken care of. Oh, there’s some more extraneous wandering around here and there, and the evil game hunter is summarily dealt with, but the two women still have not met, and the actual Swords of Sorrow plotline is nowhere in sight.

Did someone tell Leah Moore that she couldn’t move the plot forward until after a certain point in the main storyline? Because that is the only reason I can think of for the outright stalling going on here. Let me reiterate: Swords of Sorrow features an evil prince with the power to change reality, his apparently inexhaustible army of faceless goons, and his own “petticoat army” recruited from among the female villains of the Dynamite universe. Dejah Thoris and Irene Adler have so far not faced a multi-legged hunter from Barsoom, have gotten a horse fed, and have dealt with one pathetic, sub-par “great white hunter.” Oh, and Dejah has been rude to Sherlock who spends his time on panel being quite entirely oblivious.

There is nothing much to be said about Francesco Manna’s art one way or the other: It is perfectly adequate for the task at hand, but needs to be stunning to make up for the absence of event. Someone at least did get around to telling Inlight Studios about Dejah Thoris’ skin color: She is properly red throughout the issue.

Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler is #2 of 3. That means there is one, just one, more issue for the two women to actually meet and, hopefully, to do something constructive about the larger problem. I am, by the way, following all the issues, and most of the women are facing the trouble at hand.

As a side note: Can anyone tell me whether the dress Dejah ends up with is, in fact, proper opera attire? It doesn’t really look like it to me, but I’m not a costumer. Cosplayers and history buffs, can you weigh in?

Writer: Leah Moore
Artist: Francesco Manna
Letters: Erica Schultz
Colors: Inlight Studio


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