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Conan Red Sonja Hardcover – August 11, 2015
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About the Author
Gail Simone writes for the comic book, film and video game media. Her comic resume includes such books as Simpsons Comics, Justice League, Birds of Prey, X-Men Unlimited, Wonder Woman, Tomb Raider and many more. She has written for film and television, worked on some video games, and is currently working on a novel as well. She currenty lives on the beautiful Oregon Coast. The author lives in Florence, OR.
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I have been a huge Conan fanatic my entire life. I am not a Robert E. Howard elitist who believes that no one can write Conan except his true creator (though his stories are unmatched). I have loved many incarnations of this barbarian; all 3 movies, the cartoon series from the late 80's early 90's, many of the books written by many authors, & countless comic books from many Conan series through the years.
This comic book is simply weak in virtually all categories. The art wasn't terrible to the point of being distracting; but certainly not good enough to carry the bad story. I have appreciated various Conan artists. Some had to grow on me a little more than others; I don't see that happening here. This art isn't even as good as most of the Red Sonja comics I have read.
The dialogue was flat, added no depth to anything within the story. They attempted to have a voice over narrative which should have been an homage to the narrative of Howard's writing, but it was so poorly done that it came off as being a spoof instead.
So bad art, bad dialogue, aside; the worst part of all was the story (see first paragraph). This comic is not a worthy send up for the parallel lives of the two Hyborian slayers. Thoth-Amon & Belit were both poorly depicted, which is disappointing for long standing fans. Every twist in the story felt artificially driven & inserted for the purpose of moving a story which was going nowhere on it's own.
Many of the meetings of Conan & Sonja felt fated to happen; which I personally found to be a poor choice since Conan is not a soul who excepts the concept of fate. The one (marginally) redemptive quality of the comic is that they didn't play up a romance between these savages; they just made with the sticky the way Crom intended.
You may be able to forgive all of the flaws mentioned above, but when all is forgiven; it is simply not a very good read. If you want more of either character; there are plenty of great comic books to chose from. In the end I feel that this comic book belongs in Conan Hell along with that mess of a novel written by Harry Turtledove.
Gail Simone has once again woven a fine tale that rings true to both of these iconic characters in this outing, and with admirable results to fans of both characters, unlike most crossovers I read.
In addition, Danial Panosian and Randy Green have moved away from Sonja as we're used to seeing her in her ongoing Dynamite series and returned her to a more modernized version of the Roy Thomas originals from Marvel back in the 70's. AND it works wonderfully without appearing dated at all.
Great tale, smoking art and coloring coupled with time-honored characters make this one to add to your collection, and would make Robert E. Howard proud.
On top of all that, this HC book is extremely well made - strong cover boards, tightly woven binding and very thick page stock insures that this one won't be falling apart anytime soon. 'Can't say that about too many titles these days; the paper on most is so thin you can see the other side as you're reading! But not here, friends, this one gets a well-deserved, whole-hearted, 5 star recommendation.
All hail the Barbarian and the She-Devil!