Last month, Gail Simone and Dynamite Comics roped us in hard with the debut issue of their latest comic crossover, Red Sonja/Tarzan. This month, the title returns with another fun chapter that sees The Lord Of Apes and the She-Devil With A Sword discovering a shocking truth about their past - and an encounter that almost spelled their end.
After the senseless slaughter of his friends, Tarzan finds himself on a path of vengeance against the volatile Eson Duul. However, he soon finds himself joined by an equally enraged Red Sonja, a woman displaced in time for the sole purpose of offering Tarzan assistance in his quest.
The duo eventually make their way to Lord Duul's estate - where they find themselves engaged by a group of armed men. Tarzan and Sonja make quick work of their assailants and eventually find themselves face to face with a new friend - a wise old gardener who claims that the two heroes have actually crossed paths before- and opened a fissure in time as a result.
While they have no recollection of crossing paths, the pair listen intently as the man recounts a bloody battle deep within the heart of the African jungle. Lost and suffering from Malaria, Sonja crosses paths with Tarzan, who sees the fiery red haired warrior as a threat to his home. The pair come to blows and Sonja, although able to land a well placed cut to Tarzan's side, eventually finds herself bested by the Lord Of The Jungle.
Again, neither has any recollection of this encounter, so the gardener suggests that the duo seek out Tarzan's futurist for answers. Leaving the manor of Eson Duul behind, the pair head into London and to the front door of famed author H.G. Wells. Once there, the futurist informs the pair that he is actually quite surprised to see them, as they had both apparently died the previous week. Additionally, Wells confirms the fact that both Sonja and Tarzan had met before and caused some serious damage to the fabric of time as a result of their unexpected encounter.
The issue concludes with Wells offering to help the two heroes in their quest to set matters right - by giving them access to his time machine.
The latest issue of Red Sonja/Tarzan is an engaging read of the very best kind - filled with enough action and mystery to entertain newcomers and long time fans alike. And the surprising twist at the end adds something truly spectacular that is sure to have readers crying out for more.
Once again, Gail Simone and Walter Geovani have come to this latest issue at the top of their game, unveiling a second chapter with enough pulpy goodness then you can shake a stick at - and it's damn fun! If you weren't pulled in by the debut issue, we're certain that this will be the one set to have you committed to the rest of the series in a very big way!
With its engaging story and beautiful art, the latest issue of Red Sonja/Tarzan is another home run that needs to be on your list of must read titles this summer!
Rating: 5/5 - "With an engaging mystery at its core, the latest issue of Red Sonja/Tarzan ups the game in a very big way!"
Red Sonja/Tarzan #2 swings onto newsstands Wednedsy, June 6th.
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