The script by Gail Simone and Jim Zub is a strong one that fully takes advantage of the Hyborian setting as well as past tales of Conan and Red Sonja. Indeed, this story is notable in that it adds some much-needed definition to the character of Black Annisia, whose past with Sonja remained something of a mystery during Simone's run on Red Sonja. And it is telling that Sonja and Conan seem to share a true heroic impulse that their respective soul-mates lack.
The artwork by Dan Panosian and Dave Stewart is truly epic. Panosian adopts a rough, visceral style worthy of the setting. And Stewart's color choices are, to pardon the pun, picture perfect, with various levels being used to depict differing levels of light in subtle fashion.