Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 Review – a Terrific Time-Crossed Team-Up!
Both Tarzan and Red Sonja make the acquaintance of a certain scoundrel! Tarzan meets Eson Duul, a bloodthirsty hunter who collects the rarest of trophies. However, Red Sonja meets… Eson Duul, a traveler who also collects the rarest of trophies, and has utterly shamed her. These two men appear to be the same person, but how can Duul affect these powerful heroes through time (and possibly dimensions)?
Before reading, what instantly gave me the impression that this would be a rocking mini-series was Gail Simone. She’s got quite the track record and fan base, and the majority of the people who keep up with her work know why. I really enjoyed Gail’s Red Sonja series from a few years ago, and, reading this, I think she can’t let Sonja go just yet. She’s got this classic writing style that goes well with the Conan/Barbarian style books and it also applies to Tarzan. The scenes in which Tarzan talks to animals and his actions in response to what they say are brilliant. Gail’s turned Tarzan into a really touching, deep character despite the fact that, frankly, I never cared about him before, and now I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I was first introduced to Walter Geovani through his work with Dynamite Entertainment and, over the years that I’ve read comics he’s drawn, I’ve grown to really enjoy his work. Geovani’s action is downright dynamic and he is able to create a lot of emotive expressions in the characters he draws. He can also create stunning, period appropriate environments. However, there are times when his faces are a little too simplistic. This leads me to fall out of the story momentarily. I firmly believe that he is an amazing artist who gets better with every issue and I look forward to his continued growth.
I knew when this mini-series was announced that I would love the Red Sonja portion, but was uncertain how I’d feel about Tarzan. After reading the first issue, I enthusiastically look forward to the rest of the time-twisted saga! Highly recommended!
Story: Gail Simone
Art: Walter Geovani
Colors: Adriano Augusto
Letters: Simon Bowland
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment