Writer: Roy Thomas
Colorist: Don Warfield
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: $.30 (Current Near Mint Price $6.00)
Red Sonja and Belit trade insults which soon leads to sword play…All the while Conan stands by idly hands on hip. I wonder what is going through his mind at that moment…I mean really, to have Red Sonja and Belit fighting over him. It was probably some Hyborian age equivalency to “Worrrrrd!!!” Red Sonja’s skill with the sword slowly begins to overpower Belit who concedes that she has less skill than Red Sonja with the Sword, but boasts her strength lies with the bow and the dagger. Out comes the dagger’s and the fight begins to even up. Red Sonja douses the flame to a torch and uses the cover of darkness to grab the loot and make her escape.
Conan and Belit split up, he chases Red Sonja while Belit heads back to her ship. While giving chase, Conan is recognized by
Conan makes way to Yusef and finds him guarded by a single guard, like taking candy from a baby…right? Nope, not this time…That single guard is some sort of were-cat, man-beast and puts up one heck of a fight, even after Conan skewers him like a martini olive. Conan finally bests the half man half cat beast and affects the rescue of Yusef. Once outside Conan and Yusef’s escape is discovered and they are again striking steel and rolling in the dirt with would be killers. Conan nearly feels the bite of cold steel had it not been for the timely return of Belit. With Yusef and Tara reunited and safely on their way out of town, Belit and Conan resume their chase of Red Sonja.
Good read, but it didn’t even come close to the last issue (Vol. 1, No 66). As always, John Buscema’s art work turns an alright story into a good story, tis the case here my fellow Cimmerians. With out Buscema this one would have only pulled two swords. I was really expecting a little more out of this one, with Red Sonja and Belit…Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the exchange of “pleasantries” and the cat fight, but it just wasn’t as great as I had expected. Don’t shy away from this read though, because it’s still Conan, which means it’s still good.
Reviewed by: Crom’s Fist