Wonder Woman/Conan #1
Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Aaron Lopresti
As crossover books go, this story was a bit harder to follow than most but the substance was there. While the beginning of this story takes us to the meeting of Conan and Wonder Woman as kids it quickly shifts to the adult Conan travels.
After saving a thief on the road he is brought to a colosseum where the gladiators fight to the death. This is where we are introduced to Wonder Woman. As we see her fight, Conan recognizes Diana and falls in love with her. Wonder Woman wins the fight and attempts to overthrow her captors but is overwhelmed and knocked out. Conan finds his way down to the cells and begins to free Diana, who seems to be in a fog about who she is. As Diana remembers who she is Conan is struck on the head, rendering him unconscious.
While this story is has good bones there are some issues. I felt that there was no real explanation of why Conan’s family would know the Amazons. There’s no basis for it and usually with both of these characters there usually based in some widely excepted myth. Also the narration of the story is a bit hard to follow. Gail Simone uses a bit of old English styled with, an almost, Shakespeareian flare. It isn’t that it’s not entertaining but is a bit unnecessary is all. As far as the character writing she hits both lead characters on the head.
For the art goes I am a fan. Arron Lopresti and Matt Ryan have a real sense of this landscape and how our characters fit into it. The only complaint I do have is that Conan tends to blend in a bit to well and can be mistaken for a background character in a few panels.