Conan/Red Sonja #4
Written by Gail Simone & Jim Zub
Pencils by Randy Green
Inks by Rick Ketcham
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Cover art by Dan Panosian
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 29, 2015
Cover Price: $3.99
Conan/Red Sonja #4 is the perfect ending to what, in my opinion, was the perfect example of a inter-company crossover. For the past three issues, two of fantasy’s most popular characters have fought, loved, and been comrades in arms. Now, with the fate of the entire universe at stake, can even they protect it?
Writers Gail Simone and Jim Zub continue their excellent tale of Conan and Red Sonja. What I’ve loved most about this series, and this issue in particular, is that it was more of a team-up than a crossover, and that both characters get equal billing and “page-time.” Each has their share of story to carry and each has their own weight to pull when it comes to the overall adventure. This issue is a fitting end to the series. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s perfect.
Artist Randy Green isn’t on enough books, in my opinion. Thankfully, he was on this one. His art not only lends itself to this story, it MAKES this story, and this issue is no exception. He’s got some pretty tricky pages to pull off this finale, and he does so flawlessly. I’m not sure what title he’s moving on to next, but I do hope that the response to this series draws attention by either Dark Horse or Dynamite Entertainment and they get him on either characters’ book.
If you haven’t been reading this series, you’re really missing out. Now that it’s finished, it’s time for you to pick up all the issues and binge-read these all in one sitting. This is going to be a repeated read for me, and I think it will be for you, too.