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Each week, we take an early look at the new first issues from Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, Image, and Valiant Comics and share our thoughts to let you know what we think you should pick up. It's a fantasy-filled week, so set you adventures with Conan, Red Sonja, and the Rat Queens!

This week, Sam Moyerman and Geoff Deen review Conan/Red Sonja #1 and Rat Queens Special: Braga #1. 

 

CONAN/RED SONJA #1

Conan/Red Sonja #1 (Dark Horse/Dynamite) #1-

4 out of 5

Or as we shall affectionately refer to it, "When Conan met Sonja"  You can decide for yourself if the comparison is to Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan or Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.  Both analogies are apt in this (re)telling of the first meeting between Robert E. Howard's famous warrior creations as they attempt to steal a famous jewel.  The best thing the two publishers did for this book was to get the writers of the main series (Gail Simone for Red Sonja and Jim Zub for Conan) to co-write this story.  Because of that, every piece of dialogue rings true; the characters are not variations of what we've been reading; and there are no major jumps in logic.  Wins all around.  Dan Panosian's artwork blends exactly the right amount of fun, gore, and fantasy.  I was worried he wouldn't be right for the book, but one issue in he's proven me wrong so far. If you are a fan of either of these characters, this is a book you should buy.  This issue sets it up and hints at it, everything you could possibly want in a Red Sonja/Conan crossover is coming in this series. (Sam)

 

RAT QUEENS SPECIAL #1

Rat Queens Special: Braga #1 (Image)-

5 out of 5

This one-shot gives us the origin story of Braga: a one-eyed, transgendered Orc Queen.  Author Kurtis J. Wiebe and artist Tess Fowler spin a tale of an Orc disillusioned with the centuries long war, fought so long neither side really remembers what they are fighting for.  The writing is really good with dialogue that flows naturally and keeps the story moving and a very good pace.  In a very short time, the relationship between Braga and his best friend is laid bare for what it is, and its not something accepted in Orc culture.  Forced to fight his own brother, and after the loss of an eye, Braga leaves the horde behind and sets off on his own.  When we meet up again we find him as a her, and the narrator of our story.  Fowler's art is a good fill-in for series staple Roc Upchurch.  While lighter on the gore, that facial work expresses emotion very well and the colors are excellent.  This is a really good read for fans of the series, but also works equally well as a stand alone title. (Geoff)

 

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