Sonja, the scarlet shocked sword swinging siren, find herself once more heel to toe with the gruff overbearing Cimmerian barbarian Conan in an action packed new series from Dynamite and Dark Horse, brought to us by the fine talents of Gischler and Castro. A stygian sorcerer is on the prowl yet again, this time with a whole army at his back. It’s up to the bickering pair of butchers of the fantasy world to put down this new menace to the Hyborian world. Another unforgettable pairing of our favorite mercenaries from the world of Robert E. Howard.
Conan and Red Sonja teaming up is nothing new. We have seen it before. Maybe a hundred times we have seen it before. It would be tempting to just let this one slide right by, but that would be a mistake. Just because something isn’t new, doesn’t mean it is bad. The book gets off to a moderately slow start, building up the threat of the new big bad. Don’t despair, it’s about to get a whole lot better. The kingdom that’s first on the chopping block was unable to field an army to stop the threat, but they were able to hire one. To decide who will lead the mercenary army a tournament is to be held, winner take all. One thing I liked that Gischler did here was that instead of the usual Sonja/Conan face-off, the pair just laugh and decide to split the decisions. Everybody loves a team-up, but the inevitable initial beat down gets boring.
Another great effect the writer and artist pulled off was that every page that features them is split, giving a nice duality to the page layout. They carry this forward to the lettering. Sonja speaks in the normal round dialogue balloons whereas Conan has more blocky ones that fit his gruff personality. There are some great action scenes that split up between the two characters beautifully. It is Sonja and Conan at their classic best, violent, witty and with all the gore we’ve come to know and love. The story itself is a bit two dimensional, but again we don’t care. We read Hyborian tales for the bold visuals and lots and lots of gore strewn battles between our heroes and impossible odds. If that’s your thing, then this book is definitely the place to be every month.
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