Review – Conan the Slayer #4 : Evil reveals its self!!

  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Sergio Davila
  • Cover Artist: Serigo Davila
  • Published by: Dark horse Comics

Conan the Slayer #4 kicks it up a notch with action in this arcs mid-point, In the cvudu9dweaetpsbfirst issue we briefly seen Kyrlo encounter with an unknown creature, the creature then promised to help Kyrlo take the crown form his father but not without granting the creature a favor in return.

A lot was reviled in the first few pages, for one the creature is a Ghul who has been wondering battlefields for ages, it also seems to enjoy death destruction, the Ghul is seen tracking Conan and company for reasons unknown. As for Conan, Taraslan and Oskana they are traveling on foot back to the village, and when they reach the village they are surprise to see Taraslan’s father’s funeral pyre. Knowing Kyrlo is the cause of Hetman’s death Conan confronts Kyrlo and calls him out in front of the village, A fight breaks out and when Conan mercilessly takes out all of Kyrlo’s followers, Conan’s savage nature is shown in this skirmish reminding the readers that he too can be as dangerous when he needs too.

With Kyrlo capture Conan suggest Taraslan should take out his brother to avoid future conflicts that will happen if he lives, but Taraslan doesn’t agree and instead he locks his brother away in a tent. Later that night Kyrlo is confronted by the Ghul who agrees to help him escape.

Conan and the others are attack by dragon like creatures summoned by the Ghul, the attack was just a distraction for Kyrlo as he is seen fleeing with one of the monsters, an angry Conan promises Taraslan that if he sends him after Kyrlo he will take him.

Conclusion: This was an action base issue this time around, although we do get a little back story about the Ghul, it looks as if the Ghul will be the main villain from here on out and that’s a good little twist for this arc. The most intriguing part of this issue is Conan’s ruthlessness when he confronted Krylo, at one point he was pulling Krylo by his hair and was going to throw him into the Hetman’s funeral pyre, for me I found that moment to be significant because most writers rarely write him that way and I found that to be refreshing.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Review: Conan The Slayer #3 : Lies and Betrayal

  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Sergio Davila
  • Cover Artist: Serigo Davila
  • Published by: Dark horse Comics
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Cover by Admira Wijaya

Lies, Betrayal and treachery are the focal points in this issue, throw in a little death and you got yourself a classic Conan arc. The being of the issue the Lord of Kharwarism, Jehungir and an unknown sorcerer discuss the loss of his men, because of lies a lot of them have been either killed or missing and the suspects for this confusion are the Kozaks, because of Kyrylo’s obsession of becoming King he’s made moves that has put a target on the Kozak Tribe and now it looks as if Jehungir will attacking them soon.

We last seen Conan and company being attack by Trolls with no conclusion, it turns out the trolls had gotten the best of them and has taken them hostage. Conan meets a troll woman and in typical Conan fashion displays his crudeness towards her, she offers Conan his freedom but only if he becomes her mate, once again Conan refuses and the queen shoves a fish like object in his mouth which causes him to see the troll woman in a human form, at first he thought it was some kind of trickery but in actuality this is her true form.

Meanwhile Oksana, Taraslan and a Turan soldier are also having trouble figuring out what exactly are the trolls, each of them see something different, Oksana and Taraslan see sea like creatures while the Turan soldier sees demon hellspawns. A turning point in the issue is when the three of them talk about history between the neighboring tribes and the soldiers of Turan, its soon reveal to Taraslan and Osksana that Kyrylo is behind the attack.

Action picks up when Conan escapes from the woman and informs the others that their capturers aren’t trolls, sea monsters or better yet demons, in reality they are humans and their leader is a sorceress. A comedic moment happens when Conan and company leave the wounded Turan soldier behind for the sorceress.

The issue ends with Kyrylo pouring a salty like substance in to his  cup of tea and then walking it to his father as he sits.

Conclusion:  It looks as if we had hit the mid point of this arc and if I were to give this arc a rating it would be average at best, the reason being the pacing is extremely fast for my liken. But it does have its strong points, like the conflict between Kyrylo and Taraslan.

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Release Date: Out Now

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

 

Review: Conan The Slayer #2 : A new threat on the horizon

  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Sergio Davila
  • Cover Artist: Serigo Davila
  • Published by: Dark horse Comics

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    Cover by Serigo Davila

The issue jumps off with Kyrylo runs into a demonic corpse like creature who surprise Kyrylo by telling him solve all his problems with a pact, being the cruel and conniving man that he is, Kyrylo makes a pact with the unknown creature.

After surviving his deadly battle Conan has taking refuge in the Kozaki Camp in order to heal, it looks as if Conan has found his place among its people. The leader Myklo has shown a lot of trusts in Conan despite the manner the two have met, with Conan watching over his sons Myklo seems to think everything is good with him and his sons but Conan hints that the oldest son Kyrylo is not to be trusted and that his blind eye towards his sons could play against him in the future.

On a mission to find the missing scouts, Conan, Oksana and Taraslan come across a totem like corpse with mysterious symbols written over it, taking it as a warning sign they toward around but are quickly ambushed by unknown armored soldiers, Conan and company easily dispatch the armor soldiers leaving one alive, assuming the soldiers were paid off he questions the man only to find out that the youngest made a deal he didn’t fulfill, At that moment Conan is hit in the head by someone. Oksana and Taraslan are shocked when they see two giant size trolls walking up to them.

Conclusion: Conan The Slayer #2 features everything a true Conan story features, that’s betrayal, action, and mystery, the question is when this arc hits its conclusion will it be an entertaining or will it be just another story upon many of its kind. As for right now it’s a little too early to judge, once it hits the 5th and 6th issue is when you can really give it a proper review, But for now I’ll say it’s starting off pretty well. The writer Cullen Bunn seems to understand the lore of the Conan franchise and the tone of which it’s been establish in recent runs by other writers and for that I’m kind of optimistic towards this arc.

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Release Date: August 24, 2016

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

Review – Conan and the People of the Black Circle #1

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Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Ariel Olivetti
Colorist: Ariel Olivetti
Cover Artist: Ariel Olivetti
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Dark Horse has been on a roll as of late with the Conan franchise, each arc being better than the last. In comes new comer Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy), looking to continue the series high quality story arcs. The people of the Black Circle is Van Lente’s retelling of Robert E. Howard original story. Continue reading Review – Conan and the People of the Black Circle #1

Review – Conan The Barbarian – The Nightmare Of The Shallows Part 2

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Cover by Massimo Carnevale

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

The Nightmare Of The Shallows Part 2 continues the psychodelusional head trip outside of time and body, With Conan and Belit still under the effects of the Yellow Lotus writer Brian Wood dives deeper into the mind of not only Conan but also Belit. Throughout this issue Wood bounces back and forth between the two as they struggle with their personal fears and doubts, for Belit we see that she is afraid that her influence has turned Conan into heartless warrior who would kill anything and anyone in order to show his devotion to her, she also fears what Conan would do are think if she was to bare a child.

As for Conan’s struggles its focus on his love for Belit, and how it has driven him to almost borderline obsession, he fears his love Belit is not enough to keeper her by his side and that one day she may leave him which could turn his life upside down, with Belit around Conan feels as is his life has meaning with her so he fights to keep that love even if it means death.

One the things I like must about this story arc is the fact both characters have the same doubts and fears, Woods does a excellent elaborating each characters inner turmoil, as a reader you feel sorry for Conan and Belit’s situation for simple fact that it can easily be avoided. Both are so proud and independent that they rather keep to themselves instead of telling one another how they feel. This Arc is turing to one of my favorites for that simple reason, Brian wood is on roll so far and I’ll continue to follow this arc!

The art quality is just as good as the writing; Davide Gianfelice Illustrations on each panel is consistent all throughout this issue, like I said in the beginning about Wood’s writing make easy to followirts in fact Gianfelice art is really the reason.

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Release Date:  June 19, 2013

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

Dark Horse Announces Conan And The People Of The Black Circle!

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DARK HORSE SUMMONS 

CONAN AND THE PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE!

Beloved Hercules and Hulk team, Van Lente and Olivetti, reunite!

Dark Horse announced today that two of the hottest names in comics, writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ariel Olivetti, will reunite for a Conan epic like no other!

In Conan and the People of the Black Circle, a four-issue miniseries set a decade after the current Conan ongoing series, fans will find Conan like they’ve never seen him—fully painted by Olivetti!

“I’m thrilled to be working from one of the best Conan stories Howard ever wrote, with the most interesting female lead and one of the Cimmerian’s most compelling adversaries,” stated Van Lente. “But what I’m most excited about is seeing what Ariel Olivetti does with my scripts—he was born to draw Conan, and his painted artwork should attract anyone who doesn’t know anything about Conan or Robert E. Howard but just loves things that are awesome.”

Assassins, dark magic, and a beautiful noblewoman mean trouble for the Cimmerian barbarian unlike he’s ever seen in this full-tilt escapade through the mountains of Afghulistan!

With The Legend of Conan in development with Universal Studios, Dark Horse’s Conan is essential reading.

Conan and the People of the Black Circle #1 is on sale October 16 in comic shops everywhere.

 

DARK HORSE DIGITAL HITS TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY To celebrate, Dark Horse proudly welcomes Dynamite Entertainment comics to its digital store!

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Dark Horse Digital reaches a new landmark, turning two years old this coming weekend. To thank its loyal fans, Dark Horse announces two special anniversary promotions, as well as huge news that will change the digital-comics publishing landscape forever.

Dynamite Entertainment has inked a deal to include its comics digitally through the Dark Horse Digital store and apps. Thirty single issues and more than twenty collections are available for purchase today! New titles will be added weekly, with all upcoming Dynamite releases available digitally the same day as print.

“We’ve been looking for ways to expand our digital presence, and this is our first step to building an even more robust library of digital comics,” said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.

“We’re proud to add Dark Horse Digital to our retail partners selling our digital titles to their audience. Our wide range of titles, from Vampirella to Battlestar Galactica, Grimm, The Shadow, Red Sonja, and many of our other Dynamite titles, are a perfect fit for the large audience who purchase Dark Horse titles. We’re thrilled to work with Mike and his team at Dark Horse Digital on this new endeavor and excited about new opportunities to come,” added Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Entertainment’s CEO and publisher.

As a sign of appreciation for its loyal digital subscribers, Dark Horse Digital announces that fifty free first issues from many of its best-selling series will be available for the next forty-eight hours (promotion ends Friday, April 26, at 9 a.m. PST).

Starting Friday morning and throughout the weekend, Dark Horse Digital is offering 10 percent off all bundles in the web store! And confirmed newsletter subscribers will receive an additional coupon! The newsletter coupon stacks with the bundle discount, offering even greater savings.

The sale starts this Friday, April 26, and ends Sunday, April 28, at midnight PST—so head over to Dark Horse Digital and sign up for the Digital Newsletter to maximize the discount.

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership by featuring its most popular and best-selling titles, including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan, and Mass Effect, as well as exclusive digital-only comics such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2, and Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its readers on a weekly basis. It currently offers thousands of comics and continues to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage through both the Google Play and iOS apps.

For additional information, check out the exclusive interview with Dark Horse President Mike Richardson and Dynamite Entertainment’s CEO Nick Barrucci on Comic Book Resources!

Review – Conan The Barbarian #8 – Border Fury Part 2

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

At home in Cimmeria, Conan feels a confidence he hasn’t experienced in some time. However, Bêlit is unsure of herself among Conan’s family and clan in this strange, frozen land, a dangerous variable as the two face not only the impostor Conan, but also his vicious army!

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Conan and Belit are still tracking the imposter throughout the harsh lands of Cimmeria, writer Brian Wood continues telling this adventure in story in narrative form with internal/interior monologues. In the beginning of this Issue its apparent that Belit is struggling keeping up with Conan, the land of Cimmeria is slowly over whiling the Queen of the Black Coast. After a brief encounter with a warrior who was sent to confront Conan, later that night they have a conversation that concludes with both agreeing Conan should continue tracking the mystery man alone. Now on her own in the cold mountains of cimmeria, Belit  faces the dangers of the land and its occupants and must use her love for Conan as strength to it out alive.

Meanwhile Conan tracks the imposter and his crew of savages to what looks like a giant glacier , with sword in hand the Cimmerian angrily shouts for them to face him. In the end Border Fury had the potential to turn into a good story for the Conan series but sadly it looks like that’s not going to happened sometimes when comics have multiple story arcs a lot of things get disregard like character development or in this case a quick story conclusion’s, Border Fury would be a lot better if it had at least 6 issues just enough for writer Brian Wood to time to elaborate on how much damage the unknown warrior has caused in Cimmeria with that said I think the story was a little too fast for me to enjoy.

Artist Vasilis Lolos takes over for Becky Cloonan and will admit that I don’t particularly care for it, his style is unique and I don’t mean that in a good way. At times I couldn’t tell the difference between Conan and Belit due to them being drawing so similar, Lolos art is a little to grungy for me.

Final ThoughtsIn the end Border Fury Part 2 is maybe the worst issue so far in the Conan the Barbarian Arc

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Release Date: September 12, 2012

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

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

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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.

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Release Date: August 08, 2012

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

Review – Conan The Barbarian #6 – The Argos Deception Part 3

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

After earning his freedom, Conan and the shaman start to head towards the dock but are met by more guards who taunt the Cimmerian. Informing him that his beloved Belit has been captured by their commander who plans to have his way with her. Unable to tell if what the solider is saying is true, the news enrages him and drives the warrior into a berserker like rage, he begins to slaughter every solider including the horse’s the men ride. After dismantling the soldiers, Conan and the Shaman rush to the docks to meet up with Belit and as they ride an unsure Conan starts to wonder if life with Belit will be worth it. For as long as he’s with her, violence and trouble will always follow him, he wonders if that is the only life a pirate can live . As his mind races with these questions and doubts, the Shaman  notices a conflicted Conan, he manages to reassure the Cimmerian that Belit has chosen him. Not moving though to cast doubt that yes violence will follow, instead sharing that if he tried to get her to understand him better life my not be as troubled what he thinks it would. At the docks, Conan notices Belit is late to the ship, he also realizes what the solider said was true and without hesitation  he takes off to save Belit with a promise of bring her back no matter what.

The Argos Deception Part #3 is relatively short, as a result this is more of a synopsis, the issue is straight forward with lots of action and I mean lots of action. One of the many strong points in this issue is the writing as the narrative monologue is great, Wood makes it feel as though someone is telling the story reminiscent to the King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword monologue’s. I mentioned in the first two reviews that this Conan seems more human, struggling with new emotions he never had deal with before, the main of which are  fear and doubt. Wood navigates the fear and doubt Conan has in the beginning into his biggest strength, examples of that are best shown when he’s told Belit is captured and when he arrives to save her. In those two particular moments, Conan’s emotions are on his sleeve and you can see he’s no longer fighting for just himself.

James Harren’s work in this issue is top-notch to say the least, Harren tells the story with a cinematic feel in each panel. He really brings strong thematic scenes from the first page to the last. Harren really nailed it on this issue is all I can really say. The action sequences and the level of detail he brings to each character in their facial expressions will not go unappreciated, particularly in Conan when his fighting. You can see the emotional rage as he swings his sword and feel the depth of what he’s struggling with.

Final Thoughts: This was a very good issue it has all the right ingredients, fans and even Non-Conan fans would like this issue with how well they pulled it off. My biggest beef is that The Argos Deception adventure was too short yet again, with only 3 parts the story seems rushed and it finishes just when it was getting good although I will say I’m interested on how the next story is going to be after this improvement from Queen of the Black Coast.

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Release Date: June 13, 2012

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