Review – Conan The Barbarian: Black Stones Part 2

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

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Massimo Carnevale Cover

Black stones Part 2, gets more in-depth when it comes to the Black stones, along with how important they are to everyone else. In the last issue Conan and Belit enter a unknown village and caused alittle trouble to say the least, after escaping the two take refuge in the Forset of Ghouls for the night. Alone the two cuddle around a fire and Conan shares one of his child hood stories at her request, He tells her a story about a boy who was lost in a snow blizzard and was found frozen by his huntsman father, Belit comments on how horrible the story was, Conan tells her that it kept all the children form wondering off at night.

The morning comes at it seems as if Conan and Belit have been found by a savage tribe called Heretics, But seems Conan and Belit have anticipated this and set up a trap. Hiding in the trees the two start to throw giant size rocks at the savages  which quickly takes them out, at the same time another tribe of savages overhears the yelling of the Heretics and rush in thinking some of their fellow tribesman where being attacked. Still atop the trees Conan and Belit jump down and take out the other set of savages, the interesting thing about this part is that this group of savages seems to know that the scroll Conan is holding is a relic.

After taking out the two sets of men, they find themselves once again on the run under heavy arrow fire. With the enemy close by Conan gives Belit the relic and the two split up, Conan leads the men away form Belit before falling form his horse and knocking himself out. Belit on the other hand has a group men pulling at her as she tries to escape, one of them successfully pulls Belit form her horse and she falls into a lake, under water Belit unwraps the scroll/relic and a massive bright light expands knocking everyone out.

Next we see the little boy form the first issue running into a church, inside we see a priestess is there and he tells her that the relic has been used, the Priestess informs the boy that whoever has open the relic, will have a cursed bloodline. The issue ends with Belit entering the church.

Final thoughts: This issue is of the best issue I’ve read so far, Brian Woods covers all aspects need in order to make a great issue, filled with action, mystery, and other things of value. Black Stones pert 2 introduces a new antagonist, While Woods doesn’t elaborate too much on her in the few panels she was in, we do however get a glimpse of her personality, along with her obsession with the Blacks Stones. For example in the last panel we see her talking to the boy about the relic, we see her face expression which is normal, But then she leans over his shoulder and with a sinister face that would  make the joke even freak out, asks if he knows where the relic is. Her obsession with the relic is similar to Gollum’s of Lord of the Rings, where Gollum calls the ring his precious; she calls the relic her beloved.

So far this arc is looking very strong, Brian Woods is knocking this outta the park.

Links: Preview | Pre-Order
Release Date:  September 18, 2013

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

Review – Conan The Barbarian: Black Stones Part 1

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Massimo Carnevale

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

As of late Brain woods has been on a roll, with arcs like, Border fury, Nightmare of the shallows, Argos Deception and Queen of the Black Coast all being quality arcs, It’s we can assume  Conan the Barbarian: Black Stones is going to be another great arc.

Conan The Barbarian: Black Stones takes place after the events of The Nightmare of The Shallows, Conan and Belit are seen walking through a rainy Forest, they quickly notice they are being followed and prepare to defend themselves against incoming enemies. The scene changes and we now see Conan and Belit aboard the Tigress and sailing the seas of western ocean two weeks for beforehand,  Conan and company jump aboard  a nearby ship and start to take out is crew and captain, with most of ship’s crew and captain all meeting there demises Belit and Conan come across a scroll, but before they can enjoy their victory an old man informs them that the ship has been blessed and is protected by the Black Stones. Conan laughs off the warming.

Next we see a present scene of Conan and Belit racing through the forest and come across a gloomy looking village that looks un-inhabited, the two then walk into a tavern looking for food an Ale, Conan then sits next to alittle boy at the bar, he then pays the kid to stable the horses and oil the saddles for the morning. An unknown man then comes up to Conan and asks if Belit is for sale, Conan plays along and begins to negotiate with the man, who offers five silver coins for Belit, Conan then counter offers the stranger a gold coin and asks for information on the village. The stranger tells him that the village in cursed by the black stones, and that lifestock, woman and children are most affected by it.

After getting the info they wanted Conan and Belit call it night, but not before the stranger again propositions Conan for Belit, who then angrily stabs the man in the hand which officially ends the night.

In the morning Conan and Belit come across the dead body of the man who had given them the information about the village, they then walk into a church and find a priest and the young boy who Conan had paid to stable the horses standing together. Conan the presents the scroll they had taken for the ship earlier, Seconds later a masked man jumps Belit from behind and threatens to take her life, the masked man tells him Belit should be punished and therefore be sacrificed.  Knowing they have been betrayed Conan asks for the person who has given them up, to his surprise he finds out that it was the boy who had betrayed them.

With his sword at Belit face the masked man asks for the scroll which turns out to be a Relic, In a flash Conan attacks the man and his followers in violent fashion. With only the priest left Conan approaches him and asks what he knows about the Black Stones, the priest who is terrified states that because Conan has the relic “They will damn you and one hundred generations of your offspring, just for touching it!”.

Seeing that getting information is useless they start to walk away from him, the priest then gets up and pulls out a dagger and yells out “in the shadows of the black stones” and then cuts his own throat. Stunned by the priests actions and knowing what trouble my follow the two agree to leave the village and camp out in the forest for the night.

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Release Date:  Out Now

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