Review – Conan The Barbarian – The Nightmare Of The Shallows Part 3

Review – Conan The Barbarian – The Nightmare Of The Shallows Part 3

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

Brian Woods The Nightmare of the Shallows comes to its final conclusion, while still under the effects the yellow lotus Conan envisions a life of peace and quiet with his love Belit on a remote island secluded form the outside. The Nightmare of The Shallows Part 3 gives us a glimpse of just how life would be for Belit and Conan had they just given up the adventure life and just settle down.


In this dream Conan is more content and more focus on raising his daughter Liraz, and son Niell, teaching him the ways of the outside world and what troubles and harshness awaits once he leaves the island, as years pass we see Niell become a young man with the ambition to see the outside world and having is own adventures, knowing that his son will soon try to live on his own, Conan decides to school him in the way of the sword. At this point in the issue Conan express his concerns with the outside world finding them, At one point we see Niell and Conan defend their home against intruders who starts to get the upper hand on an older Conan who falls to one knee. Conan tells Neill to strike the last remaining intruder and at that moment Conan states that Niell first kill would change his life for the worst.

Woods also gives us a glimpse of how Conan was as a kid, which was totally opposite of what he is now. As a kid Conan was really timid, something you wouldn’t expect form such a fearless character.

The issue ends with Conan waking up from his dream confuse on whether the dream he had, was actually  just that, or whether it’s actually a premonition for what’s to come.

All in all the The Nightmare Shallows was a surprisingly good arc, it gave us a different view of Conan and Belit in way I haven’t seen since I started reading all the Arcs related to Conan. Writer Brian Woods turned in a really solid story that deserves attention by fans.

Links: Preview | Pre-Order
Release Date:  July 17, 2013

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