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By Crom! Conan the Barbarian #3 Gets a Second Printing

Just days after its debut, Conan the Barbarian #3 has returned for a second printing – proving that the Cimmerian’s triumphant return to comics is still reigning strong!

With Jason Aaron‘s writing, Mahmud Asrar’s tantalizing art, Matthew Wilson’s sensational colors, and Esad Ribic’s stunning covers, Conan the Barbarian is a book no one will want to miss!

Don’t miss your chance to jump in on all the action when Conan the Barbarian #3 returns to comic shops for a second printing!

Conan the Barbarian #3 2nd printing

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Magical Beatdown Vol. 1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Conan the Barbarian #3 (Marvel) – The first two issues were fantastic and the third is most likely more of the same. One of the best new series in 2019.

Daredevil #1 (Marvel) – A hell of a debut which gets Daredevil back to basics.

Die #3 (Image Comics) – A great spin on roleplaying games, Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, and Clayton Cowles have been knocking it out of the park.

Female Furies #1 (DC Comics) – A mini-series focused on the Female Furies? Yeah, we’re in.

G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte #1 (IDW Publishing) – Michel Fiffe takes on G.I. Joe, that’s all you need to know.

Magical Beatdown #1 (Silver Sprocket) – Hyper violent street harassment revenge fantasy in the style of Sailor Moon about about an average schoolgirl who transforms into a foul-mouthed and rage-fuelled Magical Girl. Yeah, we’re sold.

Marvel Action: Avengers #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue was solid all-ages fun and we’re expecting the same from this second issue.

Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Mark Russell taking on Red Sonja? Yeah, we’re intrigued.

Vindication #1 (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – We’re nervous and intrigued on this one which seems to be taking on police corruption and our broken judicial system.

The Wrong Earth #6 (AHOY Comics) – One of the best new series in the past year from the best new publisher wraps up its first story arc.

Preview: Conan the Barbarian #3

Conan the Barbarian #3

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Mahmud A. Asrar (CA) Esad Ribic
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

THE CRIMSON WITCH GETS CLOSER TO HER GOAL AS “THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CONAN” CONTINUES!
• Hungry and desperate, CONAN’s experience in “civilization” takes a dark turn…
• When Conan is caught thieving, he’ll discover the penalty is DEATH!
• But how does this figure in to the CRIMSON WITCH’s plan?

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #3

Review: Conan the Barbarian #2

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #2

Conan finds himself beyond the Black River, surrounded by the warlike PICTS! But the tribesmen may be the least of his worries if he cannot fight his way through the demonic beasts slithering around the forest!

If you expected a continuation of the first issue, then you might be disappointed. Conan the Barbarian #2 has our favorite barbarian on a mission to destroy the Picts but is recruited by them to deal with an infestation of giant venomous snakes.

Write Jason Aaron has delivered a fascinating second issue that doesn’t continue the first issue’s plotline as much as look into the nature of Conan himself. It’s an issue that adds some depth to a character who can be summed up by fighting, booze, and women. We see him grow in the issue and we can also now see how he went from a loner to a King. It’s a character focused issue… it also has a lot of battle and Conan chopping things up.

The art by Mahmud Asrar with colors by Matthew Wilson, and lettering by Travis Lanham is fantastic. Not only is this setting so different than the previous issue, a jungle versus city and crypt, but everything tells a bit of a story. We learn so much about the Picts by what’s shown as opposed to told. We can guess what their community and people are like. The battles, full of chaos and destruction, are still easy to follow with gore flowing everywhere. It’s just fantastic to look at as well as read.

The issue is a fascinating one as it deviates from the first issue. It takes us on a new adventure giving us a bit more about who Conan is and what his beliefs are. We see growth in a character, some leadership that’s not as present in that first issue. Aaron is giving us not just the story about Conan’s death but also how he got from point a, the loner barbarian, to point z, the King.

This is a perfect example of how to craft a standalone story that also ties into the greater meta story that’s being told at the same time.

This series so far is excellent delivering so much in each issue. Not only are there suggestions about what books to read for more about the Picts but the issue continues the prose story “Black Starlight” by John C. Hocking. The series celebrates the character’s origins.

Another great issue in what is becoming one of the best series out there. Fantastic storytelling and fantastic art and bonus prose combine for something that stands out from the crowd.

Story: Jason Aaron, John C. Hocking Art: Mahmud Asrar
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – BOOM! Studios is continuing the world of Adventure Time after the series finale. Marceline and Simon are reunited and Simon must make amends for his time as Ice King.

Appalachian Apocalypse #1 (Cave Pictures Publishing) – The spiritually focused comic line launches with this series and we’re intrigued to see how it is and if they can do for spiritual comics like has been done with religious focused films.

Avatar: Tsu Teys Path #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Avatar is a weird film and world that was such a breakthrough and didn’t go anywhere. Years later we’re getting sequels and it’ll be interesting to see how the comics build towards that.

The Batman Who Laughs #2 (DC Comics) – The breakout star of Dark Knights: Metal is back and he’s brought a friend. The first issue is solid and we’re so excited to see where this series goes.

Black Badge #6 (BOOM! Studios) – This series has been fantastic so far with its twisted take on the Boy Scouts and spy type stories.

Black Widow #1 (Marvel) – We’re a bit mixed on this first issue but it’s nice to see Black Widow back in her own series and it eventually gets to an interesting place. There’s just enough fun moments to check this one out.

Conan the Barbarian #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic and we’re expecting no less from this issue. A hell of a series debut for 2019.

Fantastic Four #6 (Marvel) – Last issue’s wedding actually happened! Now, we’ve got both Doctor Doom and Galactus to deal with. It’s old school Fantastic Four fun!

Goddess Mode #2 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – The first issue was a blend of tech/fantasy/magical girl and it worked really well. We want to see where it all goes in this second issue.

The Invaders #1 (Marvel) – Marvel is celebrating 80 years with this series and more! The series focuses on the Invaders both in World War II and today as Namor has a plan that’s been brewing and Captain America, Bucky, and the original Human Torch need to stop him.

Marvel Comics Presents #1 (Marvel) – 31 years has gone by since this series first debuted and we’re as excited to get this in our hands as we were back then. Three solid short stories to entertain.

Uncanny X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The end of “X-Men Disassembled” and it’s not what you think!

Review: Conan the Barbarian #1

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1

I was skeptical when Marvel announced they had reacquired the rights to publish comics based on Robert E Howard’s Cimmerian adventure. Conan is one of my favorite characters but Howard’s vision was a singular one and few creators have matched his best work let alone bettered it. Where else do you go after comics have adapted every good Conan story at least twice? How could new Conan comics be anything other than superfluous additions to a canon that didn’t need expansion?

Jason Aaron proves me wrong by approaching Conan in a way that is both original and familiar. Conan confronts the Crimson Witch, a supernatural foe bent on his destruction. It’s a thin plot but Aaron’s choice to set the story at two different points in Conan’s career elevates the material. The bulk of the action takes place when Conan is a teenage pit fighter, but fast forwards to his days as a middle-aged King. The change in perspective allows the reader to compare and contrast Conan’s attitudes towards life as a young man and an adult while giving us the fulfillment of a single issue story embedded within a longer, more complex story arc. There is also a promise implicit in the premier title: The Life and Death of Conan. I don’t imagine for a second that Marvel will kill off such a major property forever but I’m excited to watch the comic book death and resurrection narrative play out with Conan at its center.

Mahmud Asrar was the right artist to pair with Aaron’s bracing script. His line work is adept at capturing the brutality and sensuality of the Hyborian age, aided by Matthew Wilson’s palette of muted earth tones and brilliant reds. Letterer Travis Lanham’s copy is as easy to read as it is inconspicuous. This is an excellent comic, crafted by creators working at the peak of their skills. Any fan of Conan or Howard will find something here to love. The character’s long history should not intimidate new readers; they summarize everything you need to know out on the first two  pages. Conan the Barbarian is one of the best fantasy comic debuts in years.

It’s not a perfect book, however. The problem lies in context. The new Conan is a throwback to the days when Roy Thomas, Barry Smith and John Buscema first translated Howard’s work from pulp fiction to sequential art. There’s nothing wrong with that but I can’t help think Comics Gate will be happy to see such a work of apolitical adventure fiction dominating sales charts. Conan himself is too close to their ideal: a blue-eyed juggernaut who takes what he wants be it wine, women or the right to rule a nation by main strength. While there is nothing as offensive as racist caricatures or sexual violence here, there is also nothing to refute their presence elsewhere in the saga. It’s an uncritical appreciation of Howard’s work with no acknowledgement of its more problematic elements. I hope Aaron and company delve deeper in future installment because it would be a shame to see a comic with this much promise turn out to be just another pale pastiche.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Mahmud Asrar 
Colors: Matthew Wilson Letters: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for the purposes of this review but I went ahead and bought one anyway. 

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It’s a new week! What geeky things did you all do this weekend? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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The Beat –
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Trespasser

Conan the Babarian’s First Two Issues Get Second Printings!

Know, oh prince, that in the year 2019, the first two issues of Conan the Babarian have gone back to print with Conan the Babarian #2 selling out at Diamond before hitting stores! The world has spoken, and acclaim for the sword-slashing hero’s return to Marvel is triumphant!

With Mahmud Asrar’s tantalizing art, Matthew Wilson’s sensational colors, and Esad Ribić’s stunning covers, and the start of Jason Aaron’s epic tale, Conan the Babarian is a debut you will not want to miss.

You can read our review of the first issue.

Conan the Barbarian #1 2nd Printing
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