(I received a free copy of this book, through NetGalley, in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Although I know very little about Red Sonja, I am at least familiar with Conan the Barbarian… and I did find this comic book to be really interesting and engaging to read.
I liked the first scene in this comic book. I felt it did a good job of setting up the plot of the book, although I did find it a bit difficult to understand the motivations of who the apparent main bad guy was.
I really did like the interactions of Conan and Sonja, though I did feel that Sonja was a little like a female version of Conan. I would have liked to see a bit more of their interactions… though it was good to see that there was a lot of chemistry between Conan and Sonja.
I did think the artwork was really good. There were a lot of good scenes of tension… but I was confused about why Sonja was asking about what had happened at first. By the end of that scene, though, it did make sense… and I cringed when the random soldier tried to grab her.
There were a lot of really good fight scenes in this comic book, though the first scene where Conrad and Sonja fought the soldiers who were part of their allies seemed like a really bad tactic. After all, removing your own warriors from battle seems foolish in the extreme.
While I haven’t read any of the previous comic books involving Conan and Red Sonja, I still found this easy to follow, even though I would have liked to know a bit more of their previous experience with what turned out to be the main bad guy.
I would have liked a bit more details about the properties of the seeds… but seeing how just one was used and changed a person so completely was quite awful to see.
I would have liked to see more of the motives and goals of each of the characters… but it was nice to see Conan and Sonja fighting alongside each other. I wasn’t sure I felt all that sympathetic towards the soldier who was working for the bad guys, though.
I did find this comic book easy to read and I’m sure I would be interested in reading more comic books involving these characters in the future.