Dynamite Entertainment 2016
Written by Erik Mona
Illustrated by Jonathan Lau
Coloured by Omi Remalante
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Valeros the fighter, Seoni the sorcerer, Kyra the cleric, and Merisiel the rogue delve the sewers beneath the City of Secrets in search of their old enemy Thulgroon. They’re well prepared to face the psychic shapechanger for what they hope is the last time, but nothing can prepare them for the weird journey that will soon deliver them to a world of legendary warriors, deadly monsters, and foes more treacherous than any they have faced before!
Well now it seems that the gaming rpg comic book is taking a whole new direction with this story in a crossover the likes of which we’d never expect to see. Dynamite is crossover the worlds of Red Sonja with John Carter and Tarzan with a few members of the Pathfinder team in a story that kicks off here. It’s certainly not one I was expecting to see happen and that it is has me excited now. We see how this is possible with this first issue and to be honest I believe you can rpg each of these worlds so by having the accessible as different traveling planes well it makes for unlimited possibilities.
They’ve also brought out the big guns for the interiors here with Jonathan and Omi. the attention to detail is superb, use of page layouts though angles and perspective not to mention those backgrounds really are gorgeously done. The varied characters have their own distinct looks and yet Jonathan makes them all seem like they’ve been a part of this same world since the beginning. The imagination and creativity in the people we see is marvelous.
The story is set up nicely here. We learn how the three Pathfinder members end up here and the fate of one of them and that involves the appearance of Red Sonja. So what happened to the other two? We get one clue but we’ll have to wait to see how that plays out. Suffice it to say that this has strong elements of Sonja’s world but it feels like a different one to me. A new one we haven’t seen yet as there are guns, french accents and monster men who know of Cimmerians.
Magic, swordplay and all kinds of good guys meeting good guys who have to fight each other for their lives. It’s going to be a classically told new epic crossover story and I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those we talk about since the mixing of these characters has that unique and how the heck quality to it. It’s also one that you think hmm why hasn’t this happened before? I like that we’re given just enough to wonder what the heck is going on, why were they sent here and how is this story going to unite them all against a single foe? Or is there even a single foe? The set up is dynamic and the unknown aspects have wiggled into the brain like an earworm that you don’t want to leave.
Featuring a diverse cast of characters, great characterisation and a more than promising premise, most of which we still need to learn, surrounded by these incredible interiors this should rocket up your stack of must read books.