Ryan Thomason

From the Comic Hold (Dark Horse Comics): Conan #14 and a new Star Wars Comic

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I read up two comics from Dark Horse this week, Conan the Barbarian #14 and Star Wars Legacy #1 – Prisoner of the Floating World, with mixed reactions.

Let’s start out with my favorite, CONAN.

Conan14_CVRConan the Barbarian #14
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Mirko Colak
Publisher: Dark Horse Publishing
Price: $3.50
Release Date: March 20th, 2013

Conan! What is best in life?

“Trying to break into the fortress where the love of your life is hiding out.”

Probably not the answer you’d expect from Conan, but this is Conan on a different kind of hunt. He’s trying to get to Belit, his Queen, and the leader of The Tigress. This story has shown a different side to Conan the Barbarian, a Conan with an emotional touch. It seems to make Conan that much more relational, since you know, hacking up bad guys with swords doesn’t essentially fit in the modern times.

The comic starts with Belit being, well, Belit. Back on the Tigress, kicking ass, essentially telling Conan he’s a giant pussy.

You know, like lovers do.

Flashing backward to weeks before, we’re at were the last issue left off. Conan is fighting with the army attacking the city that Belit makes her way out to the walls every night, much to the imaginations of the attacking army. Conan hatches a plan to get in, and woo! He found Belit!

She tells the fortress soldiers to beat the crap out of him.

Life is rough when you’re Conan the Barbarian.

SWPFW1_CVRStar Wars Legacy: Prisoner of the Floating World
Writer: Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Artist: Gabriel Hardman
Publisher: Dark Horse Publishing
Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 20th, 2013

I’m not extremely versed in Star Wars canon, basically I know what the movies showed us. So, this comic is about the great-great-grand daughter of Han and Leia, who owns a junkyard. So, I’m not sure where the Solo’s went wrong, but it’s probably somewhere before the whole Junkyard heirs. Is there a Star Wars version of Junkyard Wars? Maybe they’re bit into it. Whatever.

Since I’m so obviously un-versed in the Legacy works of Star Wars, I’ll just apologize if anything I say irks you.

So, the Sith are back, but really, do they ever go away? When a ship with a Jedi Knight on it barley survives a planet that is so cloaked in darkness that nobody knew it was there I get my first taste of Legacy Sith. Which to me just seem like game version of Knights of the Old Republic kind of Sith. Anyways, the Sith master attacks our Jedi knight and then gets killed by his apprentice. Probably shouldn’t have made him clean dishes or something.

Eventually the Jedi knights Lightsaber ends up in the hands of Ania Solo, who wants to sell it off and start a new life. Which keeps bringing me back to, “Shouldn’t she be pretty well off being a frigging Solo descendant, saviors of the Rebel Alliance, crushers of the frigging Empire? I’d say employer of Ewoks, but really, that’s just low brow.

I don’t know, as much as I want to love this comic because it’s Star Wars, I’m having a hard time adjusting to descendants of characters that I know so well but not apparently I know nothing. I’ll still give the comic a couple more issues to try and come around to it. The story is pretty good, and you can’t find anything to complain about the artwork. My only problem is that I just feel like I should know more and that’s what is keeping me from really diving in.

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