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writing solid
art exceptional
historical bonus 2
total score 7
barbarian women _ barbarian women 2 _ barbarian women 3
Barbarian Women #1
Barbarian Women #2
Barbarian Women #3
REVIEW SCORE: 7
REVIEW SCORE: 8
REVIEW SCORE: 6
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keyline
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Barbarian Women Comics
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1975-1995 / California Comics

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Immediately after publishing the final issue in the Barbarian Comics series, Bob Sidebottom and California Comics launched the Barbarian Women Comics series (the title was never exactly the same on any of the three issues). The first two issues came out about a year and a half apart, while the third issue came 18 years after the second, in 1995.

Barbarian Women is, thankfully, less about barbarians than it was about women. Underground comic pioneer Trina Robbins contributes a full story to the inaugural issue, though the series was certainly never a feminist publication, as most of the content was produced by male artists and writers. Barbarian Women #2 features a lively cover by S. Clay Wilson, but my favorite cover of the three issues is actually the first, by Nestor Rondo and my old barbarian-bore nemesis, Han Hale.

This wasn't a classic underground title by any means, but there are plenty of golden nuggets to be mined from its pages.