Review: Conan & Red Sonja – The Age of Adventure Part 2

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Dan Panosian Cover

Writer:Gail Simone, Jim Zub
Artist:Dan Panosian
Cover Artist:Dan Panosian
Published by: Darkhorse Comics

It’s been some time since Conan and Red Sonja’s encounter, and things have change, Conan is now back at sea with Belit, as they sail they come across a neighboring ship passing by, On that ship is Red Sonja and Annisia who think the Tigress is a Slaver Ship and as the twos hip past one another Sonja and company jump aboard the Tigress. Conan and Belit spring into action, with Conan facing Annisia and Belit facing off against Red Sonja, the skirmish doesn’t last long with Conan and Sonja both getting up hand on each other’s opponent. Once Conan realizes that its Sonja he lays down his sword and the four of them decide to catch up, Conan tells Belit about the time he and Sonja met and Sonja tells Conan about how she and Annisia became friends she then goes on to tell him about the oath she made to kill all slavers.

Later that night Conan and company are awaken by a crewman who shows them an island that is covered in Red Veins, the four of them jump on small boats and enter the island. They soon notice that the veins are Bloodroot and it has completely covered the island, the Bloodroot has infected everything even the wild life. After noticing a trail of Bloodroot they follow it to a temple, inside the temple sits the Sorcerer Thoth-Amon who informs them of his plan of unleashing Bloodroot on all the kingdoms, a fight assumes with Conan and company attacking the sorcerer and driving him back, Thoth-Amon then teleports away before he’s seriously injured, but not before promising his revenge against them.

The issue ends with a wounded Thoth-Amon carrying the last single Bloodroot as he walks in an unknown snowy environment.

Final thoughts: While Age of adventure is good issue it does have its flaws, one them being the pacing, Age of Adventure is extremely fasted paced I mean really fast, the other flaw is the fight between them and Thoth-Amon, the way they defeat him was a little too easy to say he’s supposed to be this powerful sorcerer. On plus side again the interaction between Conan and Red Sonja is brilliantly display, at one point Conan and Red Sonja are talking but are insulting each other at the same time as if they’ve been friends forever, Conan in front of Belit confesses that he was surprise how he didn’t end up in her bed because of her beauty, Belit’s reaction to the two of them was clear she was jealous, but not of Red Sonja but of the bond the two have in the short time they’ve known one another it’s reminiscent to her and Conan’s bond.

Although this is a left to be desired type of issue it’s still filled with action which in all honesty is what a Conan and Red Sonja Comic is all about at the end of the day.

 

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Release Date: Out Now

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

Review – King Conan – The Hour Of The Dragon Part 2 of 6

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Gerald Parel Cover

Writer: Timothy Truman
Artist: Tomas Giorello
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
Cover Artist: Gerald Parel
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Weakened by Xaltotun’s spells and imprisoned in a foreign land, Conan has lost his kingdom—and could lose much more! His only hope for escape is a mysterious, enamored harem girl named Zenobia. In an underground dungeon filled with slavering horrors, Conan and his future queen must fight for their lives!

King Conan – The Hour of the Dragon Part 2 continues with a weakened Conan battling against King Nemeda and his followers Tarascus and Valerius. We see the emotions of Conan as he slashes his way through the herds of men, until finally being stop by Xaltotun himself who casts a spell that knocks him out. Now with Conan out of the way Nemeda plans to take out Prospero but Xaltotun takes him in as his hostage. Now locked in a chamber of King Tarascus in Beliverus, Conan wakes up and  is once again confronted by the sorcerer. Xaltotun offers Conan his freedom and his Kingdom back only if he declares allegiance to him, As a true warrior and Cimmerian Conan declines his offer and threatens the evil sorcerer, Xaltotun displays more of his power by casting a spell on Conan and telling him his threats are futile against his powers.

Later that night a guard comes in and starts to harass Conan as he’s chained up, that quickly ends with Conan smashing the face with a single punch. After the body of the guard is dragged out by extra guards Conan notices a light coming closer to the cell and a set of keys opening the door A woman’s voice calls out to him, she tells Conan that her name is Zenobie and that shes has been looking for him for a long time. In tears Zenobie asks Conan for help in which he agrees.

The issue ends with the two trying escaping the underground chamber, But some realize that some else is in the chambers with them.

Final thoughts: This issues is relatively short not much is going on as far as plot development, the biggest twist is probably the moment where Xaltotun asks Conan to follow him. Writer Timothy Truman really doesn’t dive into character disposition his style is straight forward fast paced and filled with lots of action like the Conan arcs in the pass. Artist Tomas Giorello does a wonderful job capturing and Illustrating key moments during the issue.

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Release Date:  June 26, 2013

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

Review – Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher #2

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Richard Corben Cover

Story: Richard Corben
Art: Richard Corben
Colors: Richard Corben
Cover Art: Richard Corben
Published by: Dark Horse Comic

Richard Corben’s finale installment of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of usher comes to its conclusion in this issue, with the first issue ending with Roderick’s sisters death will something similar happened in this finale?

This issue starts off with Weber and Allen taking the mysterious painting of Roderick sister down to the manors basement, as Roderick says a few creepy things, Weber who is now suspicious of whats going on and remembers what the woman to told him the first day he was there, makes him later return to the basement, he finds a letter form her saying that if anything was to happened to her that he should destroy the painting no matter what.

after opening the coffin and looking at the body Allan realize that the girl was murdered and wasn’t actually dead in the beginning. Allen then confronts Roderick about it with ensures a fight, Allen then grabs the painting and throws it into the fireplace enraged Roderick angrily attacks Allen meanwhile in the basement Roderick’s sister is seen getting out of the coffin and making her way up. As the house starts to crumble Allen and Roderick continue to fight as the house falls apart around them, fight is cut short by Roderick’s sister who starts to regenerate in front of both them, she then grabs Roderick and they both fall to there death’s

Although this story is strongly written  and more creeper then the original by Edgar Allan Poe, it does seem a bit rushed especially this issue even the art work looks rushed, when I read the issue I literally said ” huh”  at the end because of how quickly it ended, but with that said it still looked fantastic even though it was so short

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Release Date:  June 19, 2013

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

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

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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:★★★★☆ 

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!

Massimo Carnevale Cover

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 – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #12 – Guarded Part 2

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Nathan Massengill
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Buffy is settling in quickly to her new role as bodyguard. Along with Kennedy, she is on duty protecting Theo Daniels, founder of TinCan. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill protect the rich and important computer nerd, Daniels has Wolfram and Hart after him and Buffy has her hands full. TinCan is a social networking site that Wolfram and Hart hired Daniels to create, and even with magic not existing on Earth anymore, the complicated code that he created allows other-worldly portals to remain open. The solution to the problem quickly becomes evident however, as always in Buffy’s world, it won’t be easy. Buffy calls on an ally for help, who as it turns out may not be as trustworthy and forthcoming as Buffy would have hoped!

This issue has a lot of action. The Wolfram and Hart storyline is exciting and it will be interesting to see what their next move will be. This issue has the feel of a stand alone issue even though it’s part of an arc. I’m not saying this is a bad thing but how it all comes together will also be interesting to see. Like I said in my review of the last issue, I’ve never been a big fan of Kennedy but her role in this issue is minimal and my annoyance level with her was low. Buffy seems to have calmed down a little bit in this issue, which in my opinion is a good thing. She previously felt frantic and lost and she seems more on track here. The betrayal at the end of the issue was a shock and I can’t wait for Buffy to lose her s#!t in the next issue!

Release Date: August 8th, 2012

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

Review – Angel & Faith #12 Family Reunion Part 2

Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicrafts Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Dan Jackson
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue begins with us seeing first hand that Connor’s home planet, Quor’toth, is still not high on the list for premium vacation spots. Connor’s legacy in Quor’toth, as everyone quickly finds out very much precedes him and the mere sight of him seems to arouse a healthy amount of fear in the natives. There seems to be different factions, those that fear him, those that worship him and those that want to kill him. The upside though is that Willow has found her magic mojo (at least partially) and is working frantically to find a less scary and less deadly kind of world to work on her magic. Just as she finally succeeds and as they are about to go, Connor learns some startling news which adds a whole new layer to their mission! Meanwhile, back in the Earthly realm, Lavinia and Sophie return home (from a Morrissey concert?!?) to find some unwanted guests who have their own plans. Once everyone returns home from Quor’toth chances are they will want to go back rather than deal with the mess that’s about to happen back at Giles’ house.

This issue was very Connorcentric and even though he’s never been one if my favorite characters I really enjoyed his story. It actually made him interesting and showed how he’s has grown up and stopped being the angry, belligerent teen he was. Seeing some of the resolve in Angel and Connor’s relationship was a nice touch too. It seems like everyone involved in this comic has really found their footing and each issue continues to be better than the last. Everything is solid, the characters voices feel and sound true, Rebekah Isaacs does a phenomenal job and Christos Gage’s writing just keeps getting better. This really was a great read and I can’t wait for the next issue!

Release Date: July 25th, 2012

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

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Part 2 Hits #1 On The Charts!

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In an amazing show of demand for Dark Horse’s latest graphic novel, Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Promise Part 2 soared to the top of the BookScan charts and the New York Times bestseller list last week!

Written by Gene Luen Yang, author of the National Book Award–nominated American Born ChineseAvatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise Part 2 follows the Airbender television series and ties directly to the brand-new smash-hit television series The Legend of Korra!

Ever since the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender, millions of fans have been hungry for more—and it’s finally here! The Promise rejoins Aang and friends for exciting new adventures, beginning with a face-off against the Fire Nation that threatens to throw the world into another war, testing all of Aang’s powers and ingenuity!

Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Promise Parts 1 and 2 are must-have additions for any Airbender fan! This is the latest release in an ongoing partnership between Nickelodeon and Dark Horse to bring you the very best in Airbender books.

Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Promise Parts 1 and 2 are on sale now!

Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise Part 3 is on sale September 26, 2012!

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Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #10 Apart (of me) Part 3

Script: Andrew Chambliss ands Scott Allie
Pencils: Cliff Richards
Ink: Andy Owens
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

The real Buffy has been brainwashed (at least with the jumbled brain she has left) by the scheming Simone and RoboBuffy is doing her best to fix the big ol’ mess created by Andrew. The two Buffy’s are at odds as the real Buffy believes she’s got it all figured out. Simone has an evil plan, and now that she thinks she’s figured out what’s going on, Buffy has become an integral part of it. Real Buffy, in her confused but confident state, thinks it’s a good idea to go along with this unfortunate plan. Meanwhile, Spike and Andrew make a discovery of their own and realize RoboBuffy has been gone longer than expected. They set off to find her and with some luck they find her (them?) and Simone. Simone, in her perpetual aggro state refuses to let Spike, Andrew and the bugs ruin her plan, Spike on the other hand has his own plan. While all of this is going on, Detective Dowling is dealing with his own demons after feeling the fallout of having to kill his zompire partner. He is assessing his life and trying to make some tough decisions. Will Simone carry out her evil plan and will Buffy finally understand what’s really going on? What’s in store for Detective Dowling’s future? Does all of this seem really confusing? The answer to the last one is yes, but it becomes much clearer once you read the whole issue!

This issue was good, but I did have to read it twice to follow along. Once I got it, I enjoyed it. I loved the cover, I thought it did a really great job of capturing the uncertainty of Buffy’s mindset right now. The dialog was good, and the interaction between the Buffy’s was particularly interesting. There is some Spuffy action, but nothing that we wouldn’t have seen coming. Simone has potential but this time around I found her more annoying than anything else and I hope we either get a better villain or that she becomes more interesting along the way. I can’t say this was my favorite issue but I have faith that it’s going to get better!

Release Date: June 13th, 2012

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