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
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