The last few days have been a marathon of seemingly unending deadlines for me, so I won’t regale you with my usual overly-excited breakdown of why you should read this week’s title. Instead, I’ll let the official press release do all the work for me.
Okay, okay. I’ll toss in my two cents real quick:
As the headline suggests, this is very much a crossover between Conan and Wonder Woman. While Wonder Woman is often referenced as a “superhero” character, the truth is she’s far more suited for the sword & sorcery/fantasy genre. Which, I imagine, is one of the reasons that the most recent film has been so eagerly embraced by longtime readers. So, pairing Diana Prince with Robert E. Howard’s man mountain (A.K.A. Conan) isn’t much of a stretch at all.
On to the solicitation!
From DC Comics:
The wondrous Diana of Themyscira comes face to face with the Cimmerian barbarian Conan in a new miniseries beginning on September 20—WONDER WOMAN/CONAN. DC and Dark Horse have teamed up for a crossover of epic proportions, bringing back fan-favorite WONDER WOMAN writer Gail Simone and WONDER WOMAN artist Aaron Lopresti for an adventure unlike anything seen before—a collision of legends.
“I love crossovers, I love Wonder Woman, and being able to bring the undisputed greatest warriors of the DCU and Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age together for the very first time is a dream come true,” says Simone. “A major draw is getting to reunite with the great Aaron Lopresti, whose very favorite things to draw are Wonder Woman and barbarians. Its blades and bracelets, wizards and wonder and I couldn’t be more delighted.”
Our tale begins as Conan the Barbarian arrives on the shores of an unknown land, and soon meets the world’s most fearsome arena fighter—Wonder Woman. Ill-fated circumstances force them both into slavery. As they attempt to free themselves from the grips of the rich and powerful slave-owner Dellos, a dark magic descends upon their land, a presence that wants to destroy them both. But who has the might to stop the most talented gladiators who have ever existed?
Wonder Woman has been a pivotal character in the DC Universe for over 75 years as a member of the Trinity and the Justice League, and as a notable icon around the world. Conan the Barbarian, similarly, has long been an important character since his creation 85 years ago. Dark Horse has been publishing Conan stories since 2003, and new and exciting tales continue to hit shelves.
Now, what the press release doesn’t mention is that writer Gail Simone has also penned her fair share of Red Sonja stories. Which gives me hope that this WONDER WOMAN/CONAN crossover will lead to an all too obvious WONDER WOMAN/RED SONJA one. And what’s not to love about that?
WONDER WOMAN/CONAN (or CONAN/WONDER WOMAN, if you like) hits digital and IRL comic shops on September 20th.