By PS Hayes
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 1:15 pm
Conan/Red Sonja #2 Written by Gail Simone & Jim Zub
Art by Dan Panosian
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Cover art by Dan Panosian Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: February 11, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99
Kindle Edition: $3.19
Conan/Red Sonja #2 is the second installment in this way too long in the making crossover. We get a follow-up on the first issue’s first meeting between the two most recognizable characters in the fantasy comics genre, but in many ways, it’s also a first issue. Confused? Let me straighten things out for you.
Writers Gail Simone and Jim Zub team up to bring us another thrilling, entertaining, suspenseful, and action-packed issue! Not only do they do that, but they re-introduce the characters to us in two different stages in their lives, so it’s almost as if they are meeting each other for the first time. So, it’s like we’re meeting them for the first time, too.
For Conan, he’s in the “pirate” stage in his life, sailing the seas with Queen Belit; As for Sonja, she’s pretty much going through her “pirate” stage, too, sailing the high seas with Annisia. Needless to say, there’s fighting, betrayal, and mystery, and that’s just the “B” plot, which quickly transforms into the “A” plot that’s been running throughout the title. Things really heat up with this story, and by the time the issue ends, you’re left on the edge of your seat.
Artist Dan Panosian should draw every issue of Conan. And Red Sonja. And, just about every other book that I read. His art is unbelievable! He’s a perfect fit for this ancient crossover, as he can convey emotion, action, and storytelling all at the same time, and no one aspect of the book takes away from anything else. He’s an artist who can draw both women AND men who aren’t wearing much, and not make it gratuitous. His ability to draw exotic locations and make the sea INTERESTING is unquestionable, and it’ll keep your eyes entertained from cover to cover.
Did pick up Conan/Red Sonja #1? No? No problem! As I mentioned, this is as much a first issue as it is a second. And, if you haven’t bought the first issue — shame on you! Do you not like good comics? Seriously, I can’t recommend this title enough. Even if you only have a passing interest in fantasy or these characters, it’s a great place to start!
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