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Lords of the Jungle Unites Tarzan and Sheena for the First Time

Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ original jungle hero Tarzan joins the comic industry’s first leading lady, Sheena, for the first time ever! Dynamite Entertainment, known for bold, modern interpretations of classic pulp characters, bring together wilderness royalty in Lords of the Jungle, a thrilling miniseries slated to debut on March 16, 2016. Written by Corinna Bechko with interior art by Roberto Castro, Lords of the Jungle features two covers for its first issue, by series artist Castro and industry legend Alex Ross respectively.

Tarzan has long been the protector of his jungle stronghold, but this time the fight has to be taken to his enemy’s territory, deep in the heart of London. Half a world away and nearly a century later, Sheena is battling foes of her own when she is mysteriously swept through time and space to 1930’s Africa, leaving her own land unprotected. Will these two Lords of the Jungle find enough common ground to join forces? Or will the resulting culture clash lead to mutual destruction?

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Preview: Red Sonja/Conan #4

Red Sonja/Conan #4

writer: Victor Gischler
artist: Roberto Castro
cover: Ed Benes
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Red Sonja and Conan have stormed a fortress intent on finding and stopping the wizard Kal’Ang. They are startled to discover an even greater foe from their past. Can their willpower match the mind of a sorcerer? It will take more than speed and strength to save them this time, but the Cimmerian and the fire haired warrior women will never give up … even if asked to face down a god.

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Preview: Red Sonja / Conan #3

Red Sonja / Conan #3

writer: Victor Gischler
artist: Roberto Castro
cover: Ed Benes
subscription cover: Roberto Castro
incentive cover: Ed Benes (B/W art)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99

For years, the old blind Seer has helped the wizard Kal’Ang climb to power, but just when Kal’Ang needs him the most, the Seer tells the wizard he must now deal with a final threat on his own. What final threat? The wrath of Conan and Red Sonja of course. Recognizing that the scourge of blood root has risen again, the Cimmerian and the red haired hellion go after Kal’Ang with a vengeance. But what of the Seer and his secret motivations?

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Review: Red Sonja/Conan #2

RSConan02-Cov-A-BenesRed Sonja awakens after her first battle against Kal’ang and his army, trying to piece together what has just happened. The bigger question though is, why is any of this happening?

The story opens with Red Sonja waking from her unconscious state, only to find three men scavenging a pile of corpses decaying on the battle field nearby. From there, she tries to remember what has occurred through the questioning of one of the men who saw the battle from afar. The problem with the story is that, it feels like a wonderful climax to a larger tale but, not enough work has gone into character development to make the battle compelling. Kal’ang’s motivation for fighting centers on his desire to conquer the world but, we do not have enough time with the character to truly understand why. Similarly, Red Sonja and Conan have almost no interaction. Conan barely has any part to play aside from a few lines of dialogue and some brief scenes during the battle flashbacks. Sonja and Conan’s relationship grows little and there is minimal development on why they are fighting together either. With more time for characters to grow, this could have been a fantastic climax to a violent war. Instead, it feels rushed, with the battle ending only in flashbacks and the final confrontation seemingly already on the horizon.

The art works very well to accentuate all of the action and violence. The set pieces are well laid out and the battles feel chaotic. There is a sense of tension many times in these sequences where the fighting is fast and impactful. Kal’ang’s beasts look especially impressive in combat. Although, the art does have moments when it falters. There is a lack of consistency in how characters muscles are accentuated. Some are done in only in light gray shading, while others are inked in dark black. There are other issues of consistency as well. On one page, the monsters created by Kal’ang are larger than the humans they are fighting but not by much then, on the very next page, Sonja and her horse are barely as big as the foot of the very same creature.

Overall, this issue feels like it could have been a great final chapter to a larger narrative but, the build up to it was too rushed and none of the action feels like a rewarding payoff of what the series has done so far.

Story: Victor Gischler Art: Roberto Castro
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Red Sonja/Conan #2

Red Sonja/Conan #2

writer: Victor Gischler
artist: Roberto Castro
cover: Ed Benes
subscription cover: Roberto Castro
incentive cover: Ed Benes (B/W art)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Red Sonja awakes bloodied and bruised to find she’s missed the end of an epic battle. As she pieces together what happened, she discovers that Conan is missing and a local wizard has used bloodroot to create a terrible weapon.

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Review: Red Sonja / Conan #1

RSConan01-Cov-A-RossRed Sonja and Conan are reunited as captains of mercenary companies who team to fight the forces of an evil sorcerer. Little do they realize that a shadow of the past has returned, something of dire peril from their previous adventures together. It’s the Cimmerian and Sonja reunited for more bloody swordplay!

The series brings together properties from both Dynamite Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics.

Like most covers Alex Ross draws, this one is no exception to it being a work of art. Combining two characters known for being ferocious, violent, and skilled fighters. However they both exist in the same world, just in different areas geographically. Of course what would that barbaric world be with out wizards who lusts for power, kings and sell-sword companies.

Written by Victor Gischler with art by Roberto Castro, does the story excel in the setting?

That it does. To think it all starts with opening a chest left behind by a dead king and a prince eager to open it. Several years have passed, and now the kingdom of Kush is on the brink of war with a meager army. The king is gathering companies of sell-swords to strengthen their army. Struggling for commanders, Conan and Red Sonja do what they do best. Fight.

Story: Victor Gischler Art: Roberto Castro Colors: Alex Guimares
Story: 6.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Red Sonja / Conan #1

Red Sonja / Conan #1

Victor Gischler (w)
Roberto Castro (a)
Alex Ross, Ed Benes, Roberto Castro (c)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

In this issue, Red Sonja and Conan are reunited as captains of mercenary companies who team to fight the forces of an evil sorcerer. Little do they realize that a shadow of the past has returned, something of dire peril from their previous adventures together. It’s the Cimmerian and Sonja reunited for more bloody swordplay!

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Preview: John Carter: Warlord of Mars #6

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #6

Ron Marz (w)
Roberto Castro, Nanjan Jamberi (a)
Ed Benes, Bart Sears, Emanuela Lupacchino (c)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature
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The battle for Barsoom reaches its climax as John Carter and the villainous Captain Joshua Clark face off in a winner-take-all duel to the death! But even if John Carter triumphs, will he be too late to save his beloved Dejah Thoris? The critically acclaimed relaunch by writer Ron Marz and artist Abhishek Malsuni reaches the end of its first arc, and sets the stage for all the epic adventures to come!

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Red Sonja and Conan Cross Blades Once More in an All-New Crossover!

Dynamite Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics announced that Red Sonja, the fearless She-Devil with a Sword, and the legendary adventurer Conan the Barbarian will team up once again in an all-new comic book miniseries, Red Sonja / Conan. Following upon the success of the Conan / Red Sonja crossover released in January 2015, the new launch welcomes celebrated author Victor Gischler as the series writer. Red Sonja / Conan will debut this summer with a #1 issue featuring cover artwork by Alex Ross, Ed Benes, and Roberto Castro.

In Red Sonja / Conan, the crimson-tressed warrior and Hyborian berserker are reunited during an impromptu tournament of arms, a festive occasion that unexpectedly gives way to supernatural menace. The famous fantasy pair — known for their camraderie in battle, the fiery tension of an unspoken passion, and the occasional rivalry towards each other as respected peers — must unite to face a horde of demons set loose upon the land.  While the events of Red Sonja / Conan take place one year after the continuity established in the Conan / Red Sonja series of early 2015, the script has been carefully constructed to appeal to returning fans and newcomers alike.

The new Red Sonja / Conan miniseries is slated for release beginning in Summer 2015.

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Preview: Magnus: Robot Fighter #10

Magnus: Robot Fighter #10

Fred Van Lente (w)
Roberto Castro (a)
Jonathan Lau (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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LAIR OF THE BASILISK. Leeja has discovered a horrible truth that rocks her to her core. And it’s all Magnus’ fault. But that’ll have to wait, because 1A has a new mission for his “son” Magnus…free the Basilisk, a horrendous monstrosity capable of destroying the world…

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