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Conan Red Sonja #3 Review

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Conan Red Sonja Issue 3 CoverGlory and death!

Creative Staff:
Story: Gail Simone and Jim Zubb
Art: Randy Green
Inker: Rick Ketcham
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft

What They Say:
Fighting together, Conan and Red Sonja must face a king who seeks revenge for their past deeds before they proceed to stop a sorcerer-priest intent on creating a deadly new weapon!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
All deeds are paid in good time—both the good and the ill. Conan and Red Sonja, the two most powerful and fearsome warriors in Hyborea, were captured by the king of Koth, forced to fight for their lives against a dozen gladiators to avenge the death of his son, whom they killed in issue one. The two succeed, and stand reunited after many years, but while the Hyrkanian remains as strong and passionate as ever, the Cimmerian is a shell of his former self, his heart dead along with his beloved Bêlit.

This is one of those issues whose parts are better than the sum. The pacing is a bit spotty and transitioning of the characters from one situation to the other sometimes comes off as random and inorganic. The middle scenes are the strongest. In those Conan and Sonja discuss their lives’ legacy, and she tries to help the barbarian and offer him comfort. The two come about as close as they probably ever will in acting on their sexual tension, but before they can, the Bloodroot erupts out of Conan’s arm. The two run off into the night in hopes of finding a healer, but instead encounter Thoth-Amon, who pits them against one another in a fight to the death. Amon sent two riders—one to Hyrkania and one to Cimmeria—with Bloodroot seeds. Whoever wins saves his or her respective home, and right now things don’t look too good for our favorite Cimmerian.

Like the previous issues, three makes heavy use of dialogue boxes. The boxes position us as the prince being read stories from the Nemedian Chronicles, and like the pacing, there are times when it works and times when it doesn’t. The problem with dialogue boxes is that they often tell us what we’re seeing in the panel, and depending on what’s being said and how it’s being said, it can come off as redundant. There are a few times when that happens here.

Green’s art does a good job of telling the story and selling both the emotional moments and the action scenes, but I found that I missed Dan Panosian’s style from issue two. There was a certain raw edge to his work that Green lacks. That’s really more of a stylistic preference on my part, though, and not a knock on Green’s skills, as he’s a very good artist.

In Summary:
Those issues aside, I did enjoy this book. I like the interaction between Red Sonja and Conan, and that we get to see them at various stages in their lives. That’s certainly worth the price of admission in my book. The next issue ends this mini-series, and I’m looking forward to seeing how our heroes get out of this mess.

Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Dark Horse
Release Date: March 25th, 2015
MSRP: $3.99

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