Gail Simone and Jim Zub continue to bring tremendous energy and sword-and-sorcery fun in Red Sonja Conan #2. The issue takes place years after Conan Red Sonja #1, when the two have spent some time fighting apart and have gained new friends and allies as well as new occupations. They also encounter an oddly familiar tangled red weed.
Simone and Zub give each character time to shine and show the underlying similarities between the two, first as they relate to their foes and then as they speak to one another. The underlying threat the two face is chilling and one that their swords will not necessarily be enough to defeat. As before, this is set an unspecified time in the past, with the narrator introducing the story and then moving out to let the characters take over.
Dan Panosian makes the kinship believable, both in the way the characters stand and the way they approach each other. Their body language speaks volumes. The move from fighting to feasting and back is smoothly managed both with stance and with the panel breaks. He also creates tangled, spooky island that only a barbarian would think of approaching.
Readers who have read either Conan or Red Sonja before will recognize elements from the characters’ mythos; readers who have not will still enjoy the tale as everyone is sufficiently introduced either by the narrator or quite smoothly by one or the other of the characters.
Anyone who likes Conan, Red Sonja, and/or sword and sorcery tales should grab Conan Red Sonja. If you missed issue #1, you can still start here: The tale stands well on its own as well as serving its part in a larger arc.
Conan Red Sonja #2 is available from Black Horse on February 11, 2015.
Writers: Gail Simone & Jim Zub
Artist: Dan Panosian
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Cover: Dan Panosian