Man, Conan was a dick. Ok, maybe that gave something away, but I don’t think it does, the imposter is revealed as to who is using Conan’s name to murder everyone in their path as they cut apart Cimmeria. Yeah, it was kinda Conan’s fault. Yes, this review is a week early, I couldn’t help myself, it’s CONAN! I can’t NOT read it when I can get an early look at the world famous Cimmerian from Dark Horse comics.
Slight Spoilers Ahoy!
I said after reading Issue #8 (and getting caught from issue one up in one night) that I didn’t much like the artwork of Vasilis Lolos through that issue. I will say that while I didn’t find myself falling in love with the style after reading #9, I did find it more tolerable and fitting. The art to me feels somewhat crude, if that is the intention when you’re drawing Conan the Barbarian, I have to assume so. I sat back in my chair after I read this issue and realized that the gritty art fit in the story very well. Man, what a story it is too. I’ll shamefully admit that I’ve never read this Robert E. Howard story that Brian wood adapted to comic book form. I will say that Brian manages to bring out something in comics that does Conan a great justice. Every time I pick up and read a comic from Dark Horse that deals with Conan, I’ve yet to be entirely disappointed. Just look at what Brian is slated to be doing in the world of comics, the guy is seriously kick ass.
Another thing about this issue, is Bêlit is truly worthy to be Conan’s Queen. Fighting snow blindness and a back of Cimmerian wolves? How do you think it turned out? Mmmhmm, I’m just curious as hell how this is going to play out, because well, we all know that when Conan is involved, especially young Conan. Love can’t last forever. If you haven’t been checking out this series I don’t know why you’re not doing so. Brian Wood is a fantastic writer, when you start reading Conan the Barbarian, you can’t put it down. Vasilis Lolos does a good job with the Conan world, it’s dark, gritty, and barbaric all through. If you’re a purist of fine lines and pages that make you weep with fantastical artwork you shouldn’t be reading Conan in the first place. Check all your fancy pants at the door, put on your best loincloth and prepare for some primal ass kicking.
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