Legendary High Fantasy In Red Sonja/Tarzan #5

by Josh Davison

We learn the history and life of Eson Duul and his rise to power before returning to the “present” crises. A member of the Waziri visits Eson Duul’s London estate to meet the gardener and put into motion a plan to help dethrone Duul. In the Cameroon jungles, Duul’s hunters continue to pursue the gorillas and Tarzan’s grandson, Jack. Finally, we return to Cimmeria, where Eson Duul is holding Red Sonja hostage to coax Tarzan into surrender.

Red Sonja/Tarzan #5 cover by Walter Geovani and Dee Cunniffe
Red Sonja/Tarzan #5 cover by Walter Geovani and Dee Cunniffe

Red Sonja/Tarzan #5 sets up the final confrontation between Sonja and Tarzan against Eson Duul. More development is given to the side plots in Cameroon and London, but the most tension builds in the climactic struggle between our heroes and Duul.
Both Tarzan and Red Sonja receive big and heroic moments to stare down Duul and show the kind of mighty warriors they are. As much as writer Gail Simone is known for fast-talking characters that deliver frequent one-liners and witticisms, she can just as easily slip into a more classical comic storytelling style that does justice to high fantasy stories such as this. Of course, many learned that already in reading her solo Red Sonja comic book work.
Regardless, Red Sonja/Tarzan #5 easily gets the reader pumped for the grand finale, and we get to learn more about the kind of vile force of destruction Eson Duul truly is.
Walter Geovani’s artwork continues to feel classic as well, giving the comic ample detail but making sure to present the principle characters as imposing and legendary figures. The action scenes look great and deliver the kind of punch a comic like this needs. Adriano Augusto backs it up with a brightly saturated color palette that balances itself enough to keep from being blinding.
Red Sonja/Tarzan #5 is another high energy and high action issue in the Dynamite Entertainment miniseries. The plot thickens and tension rises, and we set up for the big finale between Red Sonja, Tarzan, and Eson Duul. This one earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Red Sonja/Tarzan #5 comes to us from writer Gail Simone, artist Walter Geovani, color artist Adriano Augusto, letterer Simon Bowland, cover artist Walter Geovani with Dee Cunniffe, and variant cover artists Sergio Davila with Ceci de la Cruz, Aaron Lopresti, and Roberto Castro with Salvatore Aiala.

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