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Conan The Avenger #18 – Comic Review

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What happens when Conan confronts Janissa The Widowmaker at the Tower of Silence? Well, let’s just say they don’t go quietly into the night.

See my previous Conan The Avenger reviews here, here and Conan The Avenger #1.

conan the avenger #18

Conan The Avenger #18
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Brian Ching
Cover Artist: Jasen Felix
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 30th, 2015

Have a copy of Conan the Avenger #18 delivered right to your doorstep or CROM WILL NOT BE PLEASED.

Yes, It’s been a while since I’ve dived into a review of this comic series. It’s not because I stopped reading, you can know that for sure. After reading this latest issue, I realized that I’ve been slacking and you guys needed to know more about this series.

To do a “in a nuteshell” on where Conan currently is, he and the woman he’s been travelling with Natala are currently at the Tower of Silence in the Oasis of Akrel. Things are…not going well. Conan is tricked into killing a bunch of monks, while Janissa The Widowmaker calls for Conan to surrender while he is atop the highest point of the Tower, where an eternal flame is kept to keep an old, dark god from returning. So, of course Conan and Janissa end up going to battle. Which unfolds beautifully across the pages of this issue. I’ve said it many, many times before, basically every time Brian Ching is drawing for Conan. I LOVE HIS ARTWORK IN ANYTHING CONAN. It’s just something about his lines, the way everything looks, it breathes the world of Conan to me. I just wish he was doing every single issue in a dedicated series. This isn’t to discount the writing from Fred Van Lente, Conan The Avenger has been a great series to read month in and out. If you’re a fan of sword and sorcery, this is what you should be reading.

In this issue, we essentialy get a backstory on The Widowmaker, how she got her training and “left” her previous employer. What she is trying to accomplish isn’t really that bad after all. Freeing slaves, building an army and then crushing come bad countries and doing a lot of blood letting. You know, stuff Conan generally approves of. When her and Conan do end up sparring off, it’s quite a good match up, with a great reveal at the end that shifts the dynamics of the story considerably.

If you haven’t been reading Conan the Avenger and are feeling too pressured to start from the beginning, I highly suggest at least starting with this current arc called Blood Oasis (starts at issue 16, Conan the Avenger #16). It’s got the amazing artwork of Brian Ching combined with the tight storytelling of Fred Van Lente, you really can’t go wrong with these two doing some Sword and Sorcery bad-assery.

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