Gail Simone and Jim Zub are telling a tale that spans decades and acknowledges events that have happened in the individual adventures of each hero. At the same time, they are keeping Conan Red Sonja a coherent tale in its own right and making it possible for readers to begin at any point in the series without finding themselves lost. They continue to play with fan questions, picking up the perennial “Who would win in a fight?” once more. Where the question was answered lightly in the first issue, this time matters have taken a darker turn. Blood root remains a clear threat, one that can spread without note and appear unexpectedly, and one that Red Sonja and Conan cannot defeat with their fighting prowess alone as great as they are.
Randy Green keeps the fight athletic and full of fire. He also continues the tradition of keeping both characters dressed in their minimalistic attire, even in the middle of a desert or a downpour, allowing him to display that athleticism to its fullest extent. He also creates backgrounds that contribute to the story; the use of totemic animal shapes in the background of one battle is particularly effective.
Readers should be warned that although Zub and Simone have written an issue that any reader could begin with it, they have not written an issue any reader can walk away from: The cliffhanger will make sure readers of issue #3 also pick up Conan Red Sonja #4.
Conan Red Sonja is a book fans of either series should read.
Conan Red Sonja #3 is available March 25, 2015 from Dark Horse.
Writers: Gail Simone and Jim Zub
Pencils: Randy Green
Inks: Rick Ketcham
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover: Dan Panosian
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft