Published on January 25th, 2016 | by Kevin Given
Review: Red Sonja Conan: Blood of a God
One of my favorite comic books growing up was Marvel’s Conan. Roy Thomas did a fantastic job adapting the character to comic books and each artist involved was great, bringing their own unique style to the title. I have to say that Ernie Chan was my favorite Conan artist, but enough reminiscing. This feature is a cross-over between Dynamite comics and Dark Horse comics (I also love cross-overs, even the cheesy ones like Archie/Punisher) Both companies have done an outstanding job with the creations of Robert E. Howard.
I am very pleased to be reviewing this epic sized issue. The action picks up immediately with our hero’s engaging in a confrontation where they are outnumbered within the first 10 pages. No watching one travel the countryside forever until (s)he finds the other, like a Hollywood production. The creative team of Gischler/Castro let’s us know from the beginning that these are bad ass barbarians that take no guff.
The court magician Kal’Ang, the first baddie we see, comes across the magic blood root seeds thanks to a blind seer and is tempted to use all of them to their fullest power but restrains himself for fear of upsetting the King (however his powers are enhanced by using just one of them.)
Everything one could hope for in a Conan story. Everything one could hope for in a Red Sonja story are present. Barbarians kicking mortal ass and demon ass. Blood gore, scantily clad women, makes one yearn for the good old days when might always made right. “You are more woman than an entire harem of these common wenches” – Conan (to Red Sonja, after ditching his dates for the night) A prelude to the first Donald Trump/Hilary Clinton debate? We’ll have to wait and see I guess. ****
RED SONJA / CONAN: THE BLOOD OF A GOD HARDCOVER
Rating: Teen +
Cover: Alex Ross
Writer: Victor Gischler
Art: Roberto Castro
Publication Date: February 2016
Page Count: 112 pages
ON SALE DATE: February 10