Review – Conan: Road Of Kings #11

Script: Roy Thomas
Pencils: Mike Hawthorne
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot

With the Plot of Aquilonia’s tyrannical leader dethrone…Conan continue’s his adventures but not without helping himself of a few pounds of  the royal palaces gold……

Conan: Road of Kings #11 Has our Cimmerian hero on his way to Messantia through cattle-scow transport.Once reaching  Messantia conan ask’s for direction to The Black Stag tavern, where he plans to rest and fill his belly while walking through the alley Conan see’s two strangers trying to mug what looks like a solider who turns out to be Ivanos, a companion of his during his adventures as a seamen. they have brief conversion about  the events that took place during that time and together they make way to the tavern After a  few drinks Ivanos introduces Conan to Shandi who’s a waitress at the tavern, Conan ask’s Ivanos if Argos is still looking for mercenaries to which Ivanos informs him that his lack of armor will not help him.

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So he sends Conan to a local armory shop own by Publius who after seeing the gold Conan promised as payment try’s to lead Conan to a trap he has set up in a back room, knowing it’s a trap Conan follows him and with a infuriding grim Conan tells Publius he’s aware of the trapdoor beneath his feet, what should stop him from throwing him down the trapdoor. A fearful publius tells Conan if speared he can keep his armor for free, which Conan tells him he plan to do so anyway. Meanwhile at the tavern Shandi is harassed by the captain of the Kings guards who insults her and grabs her.

A furious Ivanos demands the Captain to release her, who then attacks him but is quickly struck in the chest by Ivanos. Knowing the trouble that will follow with killing a captain, they flee into the night. Oblivious of what has taken place in the tavern a  half intoxicated Conan joyful walks inside and is quickly spotted and approach by friends of the captain who attack him, As he fights his way out  of the tavern he runs into a passerby who causes him to drop his newly acquired helmet at that moment a man sneaks behind him and strikes Conan in the back of the head knocking him out cold.

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This issue  is a bit slow in the action department and understandably so with the Aquilonia story coming to a conclusion you would figure an issue or two would be slow as another story develops, Road of kings #11 gives you glimpse of whats to come in the next issue which is good, With Ivanos introduce and the problem he has place upon himself  I’m interested on how its going to play out. As far as the art Mike Hawthorne picks up where Dan Panosian left off and does a solid job.

Release Date: December 21, 2011

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

Review – Conan: Road Of Kings #10

Script: Roy Thomas
Art: Dan Panosian
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot

Conan: Road Of Kings #10 Starts with Conan discovering that Count Trocero has launched the siege of Tarantia. Thelitis and the others inform Conan of their plan to sneak in and assassinate the  current  king (Deucalion) and make Arpello the new king. Inside the castle, Conan and the others who are disgused as servants of  Thelitis are greeted by Deucalion and his guards whose out number them.  Conan gets in position to attack  but is stopped by Prospero, meanwhile, Thelitis plan to use’s the kings affections for her against him are spoiled when deucalion orders his guards to feed the retainers as he calls them – to his royal dragon. Out numbered, Conan springs to action hacking and slashing his way, as more and more guards attack and D’Jonn and Prospero are captured Conan escapes jumping thru a window and falls 3 stories on to a wooden wheel barrel which happens to sit in front of Deucalion’s chambers. Meanwhile Thelitis  who’s alone with Decalion kills him and herself just as Conan enters, shocked by the death of Thelitis he makes his way back to the others before they are fed to Deucalion’s dragon which turns out to be a giant lizard. Again Conan is thrust into action once more to save Albiona and the others from death.

Trouble seems to follow Conan wherever he goes when placed in hopeless situations, it’s certain he’ll pull through and survive, hacking and slashing his way out only to start all over again in the next issue. At this point there hasn’t been a warrior or warlord introduced to challenge Conan which is a bummer, I would love to see Conan run into someone hardcore finally.  Instead he’s been on the run with others that have plans to use Conan for their personal gain.

With plenty of action and solid writing Conan: Road of Kings #10 is another solid read, I can’t praise Thomas and Panosian enough on the job they’re doing with Road of Kings, they are  staying true to the Conan we all know and love.

Release date: Out Now

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

 

 

 

Review – Conan: Road Of Kings #9

Script: Roy Thomas
Art: Dan Panosian
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot

The Last issue Conan and Albiona reunite’s with her mother Thelitis and the other conspirators—inside the catacombs they get attacked by an army of undead soldiers the Aquilonians buried centuries ago..

From the start, Conan and the others are fighting what seems like an endless battle with the undead. As they make way through the first wave of them, a second wave follows, which cause’s Arpello to frantically run away in fear. Conan and the other’s start to wonder if maybe sorcerery is playing a hand, with fatigue setting in the end looks near—when Conan furiously cuts one in half, that’s when they find out that magic isn’t at work. But parasites which have inhabited the bodies of the dead soldiers gives Conan, Prospero and J’honn a new-found vitality of strength which cuts short when Arpello runs into is own set of problems.

Roy Thomas’s writing is spot on, I’m not surprised since he’s been doing Conan stories for a while now, he does a fantastic job binding  comedic dialogue within action sequences. His formula works and I can’t see anyone else writing and nailing it like he does. I thought Mike Hawthorne’s art work was a perfect fit until I saw Dan Panosian art in this issue, there is no significant drop in the work. In fact, you probably couldn’t tell the difference between the two artists. I commend Panosian for not altering or changing the artwork  in any way, the colorist  Dan Jackson does a solid job once again and Aleksi Briclot’s cover art is always stunning.

Overall it’s a solid and worth picking up

 

 Release Date : October 19, 2011

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

Review – Conan: Road Of Kings #8

Conan: Road Of Kings #8

  • Writer: Roy Thomas
  • Penciller: Mike Hawthorne
  • Inker: John Lucas
  • Colorist: Dan Jackson
  • Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot

After killing Arpello’s second-in-command for betraying him and the plotters, Conan and newly companion Albiona must make their way through underground catacombs beneath Aquilonia’s capital.

Conan & Albiona are waiting for things to settle down before they make way to the trapdoor where Lady Thelitis and the plotters escape through. In hopes of finding them, Conan tells Albiona to wait until he returns once he’s found the door, defying Conan’s orders though, she accompanies him to the door. With a little help he quickly disposes of the two guards standing in front of the entrance, near the trap door. Once Inside, Albiona recalls a time when her mother told her about the tombs and how escape slaves of Acheron hid there to pray. Walking deeper and deeper in underground they find material remains of those who have also travel through the dark catacombs, they are suddenly attacked by giant insect like creatures. Conan springs into action and  furiously fights to save Albiona and himself, as they run to what looks like the exit of the tomb they run into lady Thelitis and the plotters who are also fighting their way through the creatures. Together, they easily fend off the rest of  the giant size insects but they soon realize the creature’s (Sarcophag’s) are not the only things that are dangerous………

Here’s what i think of Conan: Road Of Kings #8…Not much is going on in this issue, just continuing the current story. Hopefully the next issue will be better

Release Date: September 21, 2011