Script: Erik Mona
Art: Jonathan Lau
Colors: Omi Remalante
Letters: Simon Bowland
Edited by Joseph Rybandt and Anthony Marques
Pathfinder: Worldscape created by Erik Mona
Special Thanks To:
Jim Sullos and Cathy Wilbanks at Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.
Luke Liberman and Shannon Kingston at Red Sonja LLC
Four of the Pathfinder Universe iconic characters, or Iconics, are battling Thulgroon, from the Pathfinder: City of Secrets comic series.
The pistol-wielding adventurer in a red shirt is Gannus, according to Erik Mona’s Writer’s Commentary on Bleeding Cool, he’s an original character, thought to be from Earth’s Dark Ages.
The dirty-blonde-haired guy in the blue vest is De Moire, he’s from Jungle Comics #13 according to Erik Mona, more specifically the Kaanga feature.
The red-fishman is Kelgeth, per Erik Mona, he’s a member of a merman race from Gail Simone and Walter Geovani’s Red Sonja arc, Queen of Plagues.
The term Hyborian relates to the Hyborian Age, as created by Robert E. Howard in the original Conan the Cimmerian stories published in Weird Tales during the 1930’s. This is a lost age of Earth’s history set between the time of the sinking of Atlantis and recorded history.
As mentioned previously, Golarion is the main world of the Pathfinder Role Playing Game.
“Empress” Camilla is Camilla, Queen of the Jungle, she first appeared in Jungle Comics #1 in June 1940.
Shareen is the lost city depicted in the Thun’da comic book by Frank Frazetta and Gardner Fox back in 1952.
An excellent article on the martial aspects of the Cimmerians: https://www.blackgate.com/2015/10/11/discovering-robert-e-howard-morgan-holmes-on-armies-of-the-hyborian-age-the-cimmerians/
The white-skinned humanoids are White Martians or more specifically, Therns from Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ John Carter of Mars or Barsoom series. They originally appeared in Book 2 of the series, The Gods of Mars.
Issus is the self-proclaimed goddess of Barsoom and also appears in The Gods of Mars.
The Valley of the Death Goddess is possibly a reference to Issus, whom the Therns worship.
Xanesha mentions an alliance of Empress Camilla’s has barred simians of all kinds from the Shareen Arena. According to Mona, Issue #2 will introduce us to the other side of the alliance, Gorilla King, Ruthazek from Pathfinder’s own world of Golarion.
Pha appeared in the original Thun’da comics by Frank Frazetta and Gardener Fox.
“I’ve killed three minotaurs, an ogre, a woman made…I think she was part metal.”
I’m not sure who the woman made of metal could be, but it sounds like a reference.
The man who ruled by Pha’s side is none other than Thun’da.
This looks to be a collection of spectators from multiple fictional worlds. The golden robot looks some-what familiar, but I can’t place him. According to Mona, the shouting guys with helmets are meant to be Red Martians from Barsoom, but there was a coloring mistake.
The golden-haired woman in a valkyrie-styled helmet is once again, Camilla, Queen of the Jungle.
I’m not sure if her scepter is a reference to anything, or if it’s an original item for this series.
Enter Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, based on the heroine first created by Robert E. Howard, Red Sonya of Rogatino in the historical adventure “The Shadow of the Vulture” in the January 1934 issue of Magic Carpet Magazine, adapted into a Hyborian Age comic book character by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in Conan the Barbarian #23 in February 1973.
For more information on the pulp sword-and-sorcery origins of Red Sonja, check out one of my past episodes: