Review – Conan The Barbarian:The Song Of Belit – Part Three & Four

Writer:Brian Wood
Artist: Leandro Fernand
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale

In the Song of Belit part three we see Conan change back to his old 22890self only this time with a broken heart, After Belit and the crews death Conan is left only on a mysterious and dangerous land, and in part three we see him cut and slash his way through a pack of Hellhound like creatures. From the first page to the last Conan is fighting for his life, the action is non stop. finally we see him make it out alive and back to sea.
Part 4 we see that Conan has landed at the Black Kingdom, we finally see how the death of Belit has effected him. known as the Ghost by the local’s Conan now spends his time drinking and partaking in meaningless gladiator fights, when the local Tavern owner Thessy confronts him about the man he has become Conan finally picks up the pieces of his broken heart and decides to move on as changed man no longer living just for treasure.

22891Brian Woods Conan run has been one that should be praised, we have seen Conan as a character growth and maturation throughout his run, things like doubt,Fear,love,Devotion,happiness all these at one point was shown, and for that i give Woods much credit. The artwork also deserves its praise, artist’s Leandro Fernand, Riccardo Burchielli, Paul Azaceta, Davide Gianfelice, Becky Cloonan, James Harren made the world of Brian Woods version Conan to life, and for the most part the work was always consistent and every artist kept the art style similar to a degree, Don’t forget Massimo Carnevale amazing cover art as well

I enjoy Brian woods work and sad that its come to an end,hopefully the next writer will put the time and effect woods has done for his run.

The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys Launches This June 2013!!

In 2009, when Dark Horse first announced a new project from Grammy-nominated frontman turned Eisner-winning comics writer Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy), the response from music and comics fans alike was overwhelming. Now, Dark Horse is thrilled to announce that Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and Becky Cloonan’s highly anticipated sci-fi epic will finally see publication in 2013!

Welcome to Battery City, where the disease is the cure!

In My Chemical Romance’s critically acclaimed album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, the Killjoys fought against the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries. It cost them their lives, save for one—the mysterious Girl. Today, the followers of the original Killjoys languish in the desert while BLI systematically strips citizens of their individuality. As the fight for freedom fades, it’s left to the Girl to take up the mantle and bring down the fearsome BLI or else join the mindless ranks of Bat City!

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“The original idea for the comic informed the record,” said Gerard Way. “The record helped refine the idea, and then Becky had done a drawing of the Girl for the single ‘The Only Hope for Me Is You’ and I saw it and thought, this is the comic. It’s basically the last video, it’s the last part of the Killjoys story, while at the same time being totally its own thing.”

“I think we have created a broad range of characters here,” said cowriter Shaun Simon. “A lonely teenage girl hiding from her past in the desert. A couple of android call girls wanting nothing more than to be together. An aging assassin with a secret that could destroy his life . . . Even though these characters are living in a bizarre sci-fi world, their struggles are the same we face in our own.”

“The world of the Killjoys is full of visual opposites—from sprawling deserts to urban junkyards—and a cast of characters to match,” said artist Becky Cloonan. “It’s been a challenge to encompass all of this in my art, but woven into the world building is a human spark that lights this story on fire and gives me so much to draw from.”

As announced at New York Comic Con, an early look into this world will be published as part of Free Comic Book Day 2013, with the first issue hitting stands the following month on June 6!

Previews – BATGIRL #12, BATMAN #12, BATMAN AND ROBIN #12 & FAIREST #6

Here’s this week’s installment of DC comics Preview Monday exclusives, checkout the first look at BATGIRL #12, BATMAN #12, BATMAN AND ROBIN #12 and FAIREST #6, all in stores this Wednesday. For more info go to DC Comics

Batgirl #12
Batman #12
Batman & Robin #12
Fairest #6

 

Review – Conan The Barbarian #7 – Border Fury Part 1

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Becky Cloonan
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Massimo Carnevale

While recent Aventures in Messantia haven driven them closer together, it also brought a new path of uncertainly for the barbarian and Queen of the Black Coast. Now in Cimmeria the homeland of the her beloved, a place where her status as the black queen is unknown and not respected or feared…

This adventure starts in the present day with Conan and a blind Belit on the run from unknown warriors in the snowy high mountains of Cimmeria. As they take cover, Conan promises Belit that she will make it out alive. From there, it jumps back weeks where the two first leave the Tigress and make way through the Northern lands until reaching the valleys, hills, and the Dark wooded under skies of Cimmeria.

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 At the village of Duthil, Conan and Belit are greeted by his mother who shows some bitterness towards her son, she tells him that he must meet up with the elders to discuss recent events that have taken place. An angry Belit question’s his mother asking why does she have so ill of feelings toward her son. The Cimmerian woman replies sharply telling Belit that woman here conduct themselves differently then where she is from. The next morning Conan meets up with the elders to talk about an unknown man who is using his name as he causes havoc in local villages, the conversation ends with Conan agreeing to rid Chimmeria of a man who would tarnish his name and kill his own fellow Cimmerians. Meanwhile, Belit seems to be have trouble adjusting and has a brief confrontation with some of the villagers, to which Conan intervenes and promises her that if she stands with him and helps find the man who is dishonoring his name that he’ll do the same for her. Scene changes, we see a village being burned down and its inhabitants captured and murdered by unknown warriors dressed in black armor. As the men round-up the rest of the villagers, a man who looks exactly like Conan is sitting on a horse and proclaims himself as Conan

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Final Thoughts: Border Fury Part#1 is filled with narrative  dialog’s, something I’ve noticed a lot from writer Brian Wood. Wood likes to script his tales in third person omniscient narration and in my opinion this format works for all of Conan’s adventures. It gives you sense that Wood himself is telling the tale and guiding the reader. One main focus for this issue is Belit, it seems the Queen of the Black coast is having a hard time adjusting to the non-piracy life and its quickly taking a toll on her mentally. Like Conan in the Argos Deception and Queen of the Black Coast adventures she is struggling emotionally. Wood is doing a role reversal with the two in Border Fury tale, which has sparked my interest greatly, I am waiting to see how this adventure unfolds and if Belit can keep it together. Artist Becky Cloonan is brought back and she brings a significantly darker and unique art style to this new tale.

Links: Preview | Pre-Order
Release Date: August 08, 2012

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

Review – Conan The Barbarian #3: Queen Of The Black Coast – Part 3

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Becky Cloonan
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: John Paul Leon
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

With his fellow crewmen killed and stuck upon the Black Queens ship Conan stands alone fearless and ready to take anyone who dares approaches, But to his surprise he is given an unexpected proposition which leaves the Chimmerian bewilder…..

John Paul Leon Variant cover
Massimo Carnevale

Conan The Barbarian #3: Queen Of The Black Coast – Part 3 starts with a flash back of  Conan stalking in a wolf pelt in the woods after killing it. The story moves to present time to him and Belit, as she waits for answer to the question she had asked the Chimmerian warrior,”Will he take her as his lover!” Conan looks around the ship and its crew to see if any of her men would have resentment towards him, and the offer she had made, but to his surprise not one man had shown any jealousy. So he agrees to the proposition the beautiful Belit had proposed to him.

As the men dispose of the rest of the body’s of the trader ship, Conan is seen talking to a shaman, he expresses his uneasiness of not being able to keep the promise he made to Tito and his crew, the shaman tells him that the seas is a brutal place and that he should be glad the Queen spared his life. The two men talk some more about Belit and how the crew are completely devoted to her, believing she is a goddess, the shaman also tells him that fate has brought him here and now Conan and Belit’s fate is now joined. Night time comes and Conan and his new founded crew continue sail across the Stygian border off of Kush, Conan stands outside the bed room balcony looking towards the sea as  Belit calls out to him and joins him outside.

The two begin to talk and she tells Conan that she can see his future and she sees the same fierce fighting spirit of her descendants in him, the two of them share a moment together following the moment. When Conan wakes up he leaves the room and finds N’Gora, one of Belit’s trusted second in command and they being to talk about Belit’s knowledge of the seas and nearby provinces.  N’Gora also tells him of past before he met up with the Black Queen when he was once a captain of a timber barge out of Abomb. Local raiders tailed them and were taking his ship when out of nowhere Belit appeared and offered assistance, she took him and the rest of his crew in and the next day she took them to the raiders village and they burned it to the ground. They took revenge for what had happened to them the day before with her aid, N’Gora tells Conan that she liberated them and delivered them, as the conversation ends N’Gora asks Conan the new destination to which Conan tells him North Argos the port city of Messantia.

Final Thoughts: To be honest I was a little disappointed in this issue for one reason, in the first 2 issues Brian Wood makes Belit and her crew out to be this blood thirsty pirates and Belit as a she-devil that destroys everything that crosses her path. Becky Cloonan’s illustration contributes to that by making Belit and her crew very dark and mysterious. But when Conan agrees to join her you see that’s not the case they aren’t blood thirsty pirates they’re just good regular seaman who are thankful to her so they fight for her. I had my hopes up thinking maybe now since he joined such a dangerous crew he’ll be more like a villain but with one issue left it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, besides that it’s a good issue.

Release Date: April 11, 2012

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

Review – Conan The Barbarian #2: Queen Of The Black Coast – Part 2

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Becky Cloonan
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Leandro Fernandez
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Bow in hand, Conan and Tito are closing on Belit’s ship, Conan begins to fire upon the ship with great accuracy and strength. He strikes many of the Black queens men, with faith that Crom will decide his fate, Conan tells Tito to order the men to arms with no reply. He turns to see a fatality wounded Tito with an arrow in his throat, With Tito dead Conan tries to rally the men and prepares them to board Belit’s ship. Once on the ship and greatly outnumbered, Conan fights his way towards Belit with no fear of death. He strikes down many of the men, he even jumped into the black sea after some of them. With only a handful of crew left and still outnumbered, Conan calls out the rest of them saying ”Who’s next or is cowardice gripping your hearts?” Covered in blood of enemies and a thirst to spill more, Conan ready’s himself and just when it looks as if his wish for a battle would once be fulfilled, Belit herself steps in….

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Not much to say just Queen of the Black Coast Part 2 has a nice little twist at the end that most should like!

Final Thoughts: Action, Action should be the title for this issue, Once again Conan throws himself into outrageous situations like always and fights his way, when it comes to Conan you can never go wrong with a lot of action, Most of the issue is written as if a narrator is telling the story about the battle. Although I’m not feeling Becky Cloonan art style for this series it’s not bad, I just don’t think it fits.

Release Date: March 14, 2012

Links: Preview | Pre-Order

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

Review – Conan The Barbarian #1: Queen Of The Black Coast – Part 1

Script: Brian Wood
Art: Becky Cloonan
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover Art: Massimo Carnevale
Alternate Cover Art: Becky Cloonan
Published By: Darkhorse

Massimo Carnevale Cover

This Adventure starts with a horse bound Conan on the run from Court Guardsmen as they race through the dark alley ways and merchant villas of Massantia. As the chase continues, Conan makes way towards the shipping docks and jumps aboard a trading ship headed to Kush. Once aboard he is greeted by Tito, the master of the ship who ask’s the cimmerian the reason he’s on the run from the Massantia guards, as Conan tells him the story of how he was accused of killing one of the officers inside the bone in throat Inn located on The Old Wharf Road. He see’s the kings guards mistreating a young lady who was the sweet heart of a soldier that he didn’t approve of and ran his sword through the captain in middle of the tavern. As more guardsmen show up he is too dunk to make a run for it, he is captured and put in  jail for the murder of the captain as they assumed he was friends of the man who actually committed the crime.

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He is brought forward to the judge who sentences him to the dungeon for contempt of court, he breaks free and kills the judge and everyone else present in the court room to which leads to a chase and him jumping on the ship. As the night looms in Conan and Tito continue to talk with Tito expressing his concerns for his crew and tells Conan that they are not warriors, understanding, Conan informs him that will be the reason they will need him and pledges his sword to Tito and his crew. Tito then beings to tell him about the The

Becky Cloonan Alternate Cover

River Styx and the Black Castles of Khemi where the sorcerers practice dark arts, and of Belit the captain of the Tigress who many call the Queen Of The Black Coast.  He then tells Conan how the master steersman describes her as a plague of the open seas, Conan on the other hand heard differently he heard of a fierce woman of unrelenting violence with no mercy or empathy, Intrigued by the stories of Belit.

As they reached Kush to make trade they spot the tigress the ship of Belit, worried that his trade route north is now in jeopardy Tito express his concerns but Conan once again informs him that he’ll lay his life on the line for him and his crew, and with his aid him and his crew should not worry about Belit because he will take care of her should they run into her. Back on the sea, one of the scouts see’s a ship coming northeast as it closes in Tito is shocked and thinks its Belit’s ship, as Conan jumps ship and makes his way to what he thinks is Belit’s ship. Once aboard the ship, he finds every man has been killed with no one alive, Conan leaves the ship and starts to swim back,  only to be surprised by Belit herself who arises from the water in front of Conan while still in the water. She starts to seduce Conan by kissing and hugging him then she quickly pulls him under water. It switches back to the ship and we see a bewildered Conan surrounded by white fog, he was under an  illusion the whole time as he had never left the ship. As the fog thickens Conan makes his way to the front of ship as the fog starts to clear up he see’s a half-naked lady standing on top of  a ship as ship turns around and makes contact with him he realizes that it’s Belit and alarms the men…

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Let me say this, I have noticed that all of the ongoing Conan stories such as Road of Kings and King Conan make references towards one another’s adventures making them similar. For example in this issue, it starts with Conan jumping upon a ship after escaping the Massantia court guards. what’s cool is that in Roy Thomas’s Conan: Road Of Kings #12, Conan breaks free of his chains and kills everyone inside the court room he then  steals a horse and makes his way to the docks. This issue, Conan talks to Tito about being captured and brought before the same judge for the same exact crime as in Road Of  Kings #12. The only difference is Conan doesn’t know the man who killed the guard. Like I said the writing is so similar to one another that I thought maybe the writers all agreed to make their adventures correspond to one another.

Final thoughts: With the writing being so similar and identical to Road of Kings #12 in the beginning that i found myself looking to see if i was reading the Queen Of The Black Coast or if I was reading Road Of Kings#13, writer Brian Wood’s version will be unoriginal to some of the more serious readers, as for me… I don’t mind it at all. As for the art, Becky Cloonan ( The Guild: Zaboo, WOLVES, Channel Zero) gives it a more cartoonish style…

Release Date: February 08, 2012

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

 

Conan The Barbarian #1 Preview

 Robert E. Howard’s fan-favorite “Queen of the Black Coast,” Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas alongside the pirate queen Bêlit, setting the stage for an epic of romance, terror, and swashbuckling. This is Conan as you’ve never seen him, with the combination of one of Robert E. Howard’s greatest tales and the most dynamic creative team in comics!