Conan and the People of the Black Circle #2 – REVIEWED
The black wizard Khemsa steps into the game to plot against Conan while Conan hides in the Himelian Mountains with unsteady allies. Oh, and lots of people die. What more can you ask for in People of the Black Circle #2?
What we have in this issue is some build up, leading up to the eventual explosion that is the rage that is Conan, especially against sorcery. Conan has taken refuge with some allies while he still holds devi Yasmina captive, waiting to ransom her for his men being held captive. Conan is not fond of sorcery and wizards, as much should be obvious from someone who lives and dies by the sword and his cunning. Now that Khemsa has been manipulated by Gitara, (devi Yasmina’s servant) into going against his masters that taught him how to use his powers, the dark magic is coming into play. First killing all of Conan’s clansmen that were being held captive into a kind of evil wispy soul horse that took Khemsa and Gitara toward Conan within a day. We get to see some of Khemsa’s magic in play as they attempt to use Conan’s fragile alliance with Yar Afzal and his clan against our Cimmerian.
I don’t have any complaints when it comes to the script from Fred Van Lente, the story is engaging and leaves me wanting for more when the issue ends. I keep replaying the story in my head on my idle time comes into my brain. Yes, I’m that much of a weirdo for all things Conan. The art by Ariel Olivetti is simply some of the best I’ve laid eyes on in a Conan comic. And I’ve essentially read them all from Dark Horse. Ariel is a top notch artist and brings to light a dark and gritty world. If I hadn’t of read this as a digital version, I’d be doing what I like to do with some of my favorite comic book images/covers. Taking them out and framing them.
I give People of the Black Circle #2 4.5 out of 5 Globes of Yezud
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