Conan / Red Sonja #1

Writer: Jim Zub, Gail Simone Artist: Dan Panosian Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 14, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 3
8.4Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Simone and Zub pit Sonja against Conan!

Gail Simone teams with Jim Zub to bring together legendary warriors in this truly epic crossover!

In a story spanning multiple eras in the lives of these classic characters, Conan and Red Sonja become comrades to take down a sorcerer-priest hell bent on creating a dark new age in Hyborian warfare!

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Boris Roberto Aguilar Jan 12, 2015

    I recommend this book for everyone. If you are not familioar with either of these characters don't worry " Zub and Simone do a great job of making this book for everyone. I cannot wait to see what is next for our two heroes. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jan 16, 2015

    The Gods are smiling down on readers for allowing them tohave this ancient tale. So fun, so well written, so gorgeous. By Crom, this is good! Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 14, 2015

    If this is your first visit to the world of Hyboria, prepare yourself for a surprising treat. And if this isn't your first time to ride with Conan or Red Sonja, be ready to recall the days of high adventure as never before. This is a great comic that will please sword-and-sorcery genre enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Jan 16, 2015

    Dan Panosian is the artist here with Dave Stewart on the colours and letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft. The art here is quite stylized at times and has a very rough look to it, but I loved it all the same because the action scenes were pretty amazing. And there are a lot of them too. After all, this is Conan and Red Sonja we are talking about, so that is all expected of the art here. And the artists do deliver handsomely. Sonja here is very different from how she is on Red Sonja, and the same goes forConan and Conan the Barbarian but that ultimately matters little since this art team has left its own mark on these characters and this setting, and it is a good thing too. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 3, 2015

    Conan Red Sonja #1 is like a creamy chocolate delight surrounding a peanut butter center. Seriously. Two great writers, a fantastic artist and colorist team to bring a book that simply works (and will probably make me gain a pound or two just from comparing this book to a peanut butter cup). An ominous setup, two heroes that meet, fight, and then come to an agreement, fantastic design and colors, makes this an incredibly fun read. As each new issue comes out, I'm going to sit down and re-read all previous issues just to delight in the buildup.. Mileage will always vary when it comes to these characters that use violence as a means to an end, but this is a solid book that deserves a look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Sam Roche Jan 17, 2015

    Yes! This is a wholly enjoyable comic, I'm glad that I can finally get behind and recommend a Red Sonja comic. I am very excited to see how the next four issues unfold and to get some more of this gorgeous artwork. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - AD Boorman Dec 24, 2014

    Readers should look forward to the development of strong female characters in Zub's future work. They can also look forward to how Simone will have Sonia interacting on multiple levels with other characters overextended story arcs in the future. The mark of great writers is that they are constantly learning, developing, and growing. Both of these writers have shown tremendous growth in their careers. It will be interesting not only to see the next three issues of this long-awaited four issue miniseries; it'll be interesting to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 13, 2015

    Conan Red Sonja #1 is a beginning that's teaming with personality and adventure. And with an already established success streak for Hyboria at Dark Horse color me excited as this one comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jan 14, 2015

    Conan, Red Sonja 1 is a pretty simple, straightforward title with a few minor issues with its two protagonists. It functions more as an introduction, setting the stage for the larger story, but the tale it does tell is fun in a classic Conan/Sonja style and the art and colors are very good. Hopefully this will be the start to a fun, bloody romp through Hyperborea with my two favorite barbarians. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jan 14, 2015

    Conan Red Sonja #1 is an excellent start to the crossover series with its entertaining portrayal of classic characters, and a story that brings them together in an organic way. The differing styles were established early on to introduce the characters so even if you're completely unfamiliar with them you'll still be able to fully enjoy this issue. The initial theft of the “jewel” is enjoyable but the connection to a larger story and threat leading into next issue is even more engrossing, and I'm looking forward to seeing the two of them working together to confront this. The artwork captures the tone of the series wonderfully, especially the twisted nature of the threat, although some panels from a distance could lack the finer details. However, if you're looking for an entertaining read or ever enjoyed either of these characters, then you should definitely check out this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Casey Walsh Jan 13, 2015

    Although my Conan and Red Sonja experience doesn't go beyond a couple of movies and a trip to Universal Studios, I still feel this newest edition to their mythos is something fans and newcomers will enjoy immensely. Zub and Simone are perfect team to give these characters the right amount of heroism and heart to make anyone become a fan. Conan Red Sonja #1 maybe the perfect introduction to these characters and their dynamic and has only further peaked my interest in a franchise that I never took seriously. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 14, 2015

    "Conan Red Sonja" #1 is off to an excellent start. It's action packed, dramatic but a ton of fun thanks to the humor Simone and Zub inject in the script. It's the perfect entry way into these two characters so if you're a fan of either writer (and really, how could you not?) then this is something you'll absolutely need to pick up. If you're an "old school" Conan and Red Sonja fan, you'll find a lot to enjoy as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Chris Lear Jan 13, 2015

    If you are looking for something to remind you of how much fun comics can be, Conan Red Sonja #1 hits the spot like a warm bowl of aurochs stew washed down with a great big horn of mead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Jan 13, 2015

    Rather than merely being satisfied with the sheer novelty of having Conan and Sonja in the same comic at the same time, Simone and Zubhave created the beginnings of what should be a truly epic event, sowing the seeds (pun intended) for a tale that promises to stretch across the years and allow us to see the relationship between these two iconic characters grow as they do. Dynamic, exciting and filled to the brim with character, this is a series that delivers on its potential and provides a thrilling look at the undisputed power couple of the fantasy world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 14, 2015

    Conan/Red Sonja #1 holds a lot of setup, driving through the final pages in order to prep the rest. That said, it's a down and dirty good time, bolstered by a stellar creative team that appears eager to show us more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jan 18, 2015

    Gail Simone and Jim Zub have got the personality of both Sonja and Conan down pat and Dan Panosian helps to bring both of them to life visually. If you're a fan of either character or sword and sorcery tales in general you should check this comic out. I'm glad Dark Horse and Dynamite are playing together to let this combination of these two iconic characters happen. Simone/Zub/Panosian are weaving a sharp story that gets off to a great start in this issue and I'm looking forward to seeing it play out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Jan 19, 2015

    With the next issue being titled The Age of Adventure and the preview page at the back of this issue seeming to promote the idea of high seas heroism it definitely has my attention. Yes, Im already a fan of both of these characters and this kind of world, but beside that there are some interesting ideas here that have me intrigued. I just hope this team can pull off the story told through different periods of time better than others who have attempted the concept in the past. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Jan 13, 2015

    So what happens when you mix Simone and Zub's wit with Panosian and Stewart's Homeric art? You get Conan Red Sonja: The Age of Innocence #1 (of 4) a fantastic collaboration on all fronts. One where publishers, creatives and characters all meet on even playing field and gift all readers in the process. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jan 19, 2015

    It may have taken the better part of a generation for these two to cross swords again, but when the final result is this terrific, the wait is more than acceptable. With this much care put into the comic as good as this, the wait feels almost deliberate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 13, 2015

    While the fisticuffs may falter, there's plenty that works well with Conan/Red Sonja. These characters have plenty of life in them, and the art portraying them is just top-notch. With three more issues to go, Conan/Red Sonja is a must-read for fans of the genre. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jan 15, 2015

    Don't let Conan and Red Sonja #1 get lost in the shuffle, this is one fun and impressive debut. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Martin Ferretti Jan 16, 2015

    Overall, Conan/Red Sonja #1 is a solid start to the miniseries. Simone and Zub have really nailed these characters and made them interesting to both old and new readers alike. I look forward to seeing how this story develops " a definite read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jan 14, 2015

    The biggest fault with Conan/Red Sonja is the ending. It just comes all of a sudden, and brakes on the pacing of the story pretty abruptly. Yeah, it gives you a reason to tune in for the next three installments, but it really doesn't the do the characters any favor. The duo come to an understanding and get in that one last snark with one another, and then eh. It's slightly cliche, and I expected slightly more with the marquee talents behind the script, but the issue as a whole is still a delight for the sword-and-sorcery crowd. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jan 16, 2015

    All told, "Conan Red Sonja" #1 is a blast. Fans of either character should definitely check this issue out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jan 12, 2015

    All in all, Conan Red Sonja #1 was a treat. It might not be absolutely perfect, but for fans of these characters and this genre its great. These two characters share the same world so its about damn time they crossed paths. Dark Horse has always done justice to Conan, from the very first issue, and Dynamite has had some great Red Sonja stories, especially the recent volume from Simone. So, thank you Dynamite and Dark Horse for bringing these two together. The second issue cant get here fast enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jan 12, 2015

    Definitely worth checking out issue 2, but the plot has to get better soon. Simone's obvious wit does shine through though, and that makes Conan and Red Sonja worth a look all on its own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Jan 15, 2015

    "Conan/Red Sonja" #1 is a fun issue to read, and the art is gorgeous. And while I wouldn't call it all-ages, it certainly has a broader potential audience than something more hard-hitting would have been able to claim. It's an issue that's going to have its fans. But those who are more interested in the darker sides to these characters should wait for a bloodier take on their shared destiny. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 14, 2015

    Conan/Red Sonja #1 gives readers some solid back and forth from Simone and Zub, and Conan and Red Sonja fans will most likely enjoy seeing the icons meet their match. For readers contemplating picking the issue up based on the strength of the creative team, I'd recommend taking a look at the previews or taking a quick peek at the issue. The dialogue is snapping from the start, but hopefully subsequent issues will feature some extra depth in the story for the banter to sit upon. Read Full Review

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