Conan Red Sonja #1

9.0 Overall Score
Art: 9/10
Dialogue: 9/10
Story: 9/10

Art and story are better then average.

Little cliche with the team up style storytelling.

Conan Red Sonja #1
(W)Gail Simone & Jim Zub
(A)Dan Panosian
Dark Horse and Dynamite
2015

Here are two of Robert E. Howard’s most popular creations (though Red Sonja is loosely based on one of his characters) in a joint effort by Dark Horse and Dynamite. This is the start of a four issue limited series, great jumping on point. We get introduced to early Conan and Red Sonja in what is their first meeting. Both hired by the right hand man of a, first, unknown king. Though both are hired by the same person, they don’t know it. Their bounty is the gems owned by another ruler. As they both decent on the lair of this ruler Conan and Red Sonja meet face to face and decide that they will work together and accomplish their goal. After this is when we learn that there is more at stake then just “gems”.

I enjoyed this. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of Conan and Red Sonja but I did enjoy some of the earlier Marvel and Dark Horse works of both characters. This seemed like a typical “team-up” style story, and it works. I tend to shy away from fantasy/dark times sort of stories, mostly because the dialogue is bogged in dialect I don’t care for. But both Simone and Zub don’t really use that here. More for the everyday guy like me. I followed it with no issue.

I remember Dan Panosian from his early Image days and saw him as a Liefeld clone. But I have to say I like this style he is using now. Really fits the book. Nice work.

Conan and Red Sonja fans shall be pleased, start of a good little tale.

 

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