King Conan: Wolves Beyond The Border Part 2 of 4

Writer: Timothy Truman

Artist: Tomas Giorello

Colorist: Jose Villarrubia

Cover Artist: Tomas Giorello

Part 2 of the Wolves beyond the Border we are introduce to Kwarada a mysterious female 27957warrior who seems to have mission to recover the crown, she sends a message crow to inform her men that Conan has escaped to the west towards The Black River, and we then see Conan, Crassus and Dariun in the Black Forest, Conan states that he must find out why the crown is so important to the Pict’s cause it could impact his Kingdom.

Things get interesting when they are confronted by Kwarada’s allies the Hawk Clan, they put up a good fight but are eventually capture, the clans chief Kroth demands Conan to give him the to which Conan begins to mock them. Later that day Kroth and Kwarada hold a mass gathering of Pict’s at the Hawk Clan’s village, tied up Crassus and Conan are surprised to see so many pict’s in one place.

We find out Kwarada is a shaman and the reason behind the tribes uniting as she has had foreseen visions of it happening, again she confronts Conan about the crown of Brule but this time she lights Crassus on fire thinking it would make Conan confess the crowns whereabouts, before his death Crassus tells Conan to honor him by not telling them anything, and in his last breath tells the Chimmerian he’ll buy him a drink in hell once they meet again. Kwarada then mocks Conan about Crassus’s death and is about to light him on fire when Bril, Son of Brak steps in and demands to speak with Conan before his death, he strikes Conan and at the same time leans over his shoulder gives him an arrow tip without anyone noticing, shocked Conan looks up and sees a hooded woman smiling back at him, kwarada begins to start the ceremony sacrifice but Conan cuts himself of the stake and escapes, but not before taking out a couple of pict warriors. The Issue ends when Conan runs into the hooded woman, who tells him to follow her so he can escape Kwarad’s trackers.

Conclusion: This issue was again simple and straight forward but also feature an unexpected death, other than that it’s your typical Conan issue with a character reveal cliffhanger at the end.

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Release Date: January 27, 2016

Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

King Conan : Wolves Beyond The Border Part 1 of 4

Writer:Timothy Truman

Artist:Tomas Giorello

Colorist:Jose Villarrubia

Cover Artist:Tomas Giorello

Published by: Dark horse Comics27956

For me the most enjoyable comic series has been the King Conan series by Timothy Truman, Conan is a well establish king now and spends most of his time reminiscing and telling his tales to a scribe, while the stories of King Conan are simplistic and straight forward at its core, it’s still very enjoyable due to the fact of Truman’s writing, The Wolves Beyond The Border focuses on the Pictish Crown a treasure that has mysterious power. When Conan is approached by Gault a Ranger who has fought with Conan in the pass, tells him of a battle he and his fellow comrades’ encounter Valerian and Kwarada and other leaders form the Pict’s great tribes, a fire breaks out and takes everyone out, but Gault escapes with the Crown of Pictish’s. He continues to tell him how the crown’s power was driving him crazy so he decided to get rid of it by taking it to Conan.

Excited by the story Gault has told him Conan takes the crown with curiosity begins to examine it, a stone on the crown starts to glow and a voice starts to talk to Conan, it tells him of a story of two bloodlines  one being the founding father of the Cimmerian’s were allies. When the king of Valusia Kull hands the stone to his pictish ally the Spear-Slayer Brule, A great cataclysm happens and both bloodlines almost becomes extinct, within the stone a crow is flying towards Conan as he is visually shown, the crow transforms into a female warrior who challenges Conan to come find the truth of the stones history.

Conclusion: As expected of most King Conan issues the pacing is fast, Truman doesn’t reveal a lot despite the pacing. As setup chapter Wolves beyond the border part 1 isn’t a action heavy, instead it hooks you with a very interesting cliff hanger.

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Release Date: December 23, 2015

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆