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Exclusive Preview: Conan the Barbarian #20

Conan the Barbarian #20

(W) Jim Zub (A) Cory Smith (I) Roberto Poggi (C) Israel Silva (L) VC’s Travis Lanham (CA) Geoff Shaw
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

INTO THE WILD!
• CONAN must escape the Khitai royal guard while stalking through an uncharted land and battling the forces of nature that would see him fall!
• But is his new comrade MEIWEI everything she seems?
• And what secrets do HENG THE INSURGENT and his roving bandits hide?

Preview: Conan the Barbarian #19

Conan the Barbarian #19

(W) Jim Zub (A) Cory Smith (CA) Geoff Shaw
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

CONAN’S QUEST IN THE LAND OF THE LOTUS!
CONAN’s march to Khitai has landed him as the prisoner of the imperial guard…but it will take more than chains to keep a Cimmerian down! As Conan plans his escape, what dreaded beasts lurk in the land of Khitai, and what new dangers will impede his quest to return the TOOTH OF THE NIGHTSTAR to its rightful master? The travels of Conan the Barbarian continue with the perfect jumping-on point for new or lapsed readers! Join us as we welcome new series penciler CORY SMITH to the Hyborian Age in this epic adventure!

Conan the Barbarian #19

Preview: Conan the Barbarian #18

Conan the Barbarian #18

(W) Jim Zub (A) Luca Pizzari (CA) E.M Gist
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

CONAN UNLEASHED!
• The Tooth of the Nightstar has warped Conan’s perception of reality, driving him to berserker madness he can’t control!
• But who will fall to his deadly blade, and how will this alter this quest for Khitai?
• You’ve never seen CONAN like this!

Conan the Barbarian #18

Review: Conan the Barbarian #17

Conan the Barbarian #17

Last time I read Conan, he was escaping the Crucible and cut down the main baddie with a sword called The Tooth Of The Northstar, a stolen weapon. Conan decided he’d return the weapon to whom it belonged. However, nothing can ever be easy for the Cimmerian. The blade has a certain control over those that wield it – Conan is no different, as he falls to the sword’s control and cleaves in twain just about every living thing that is put in front of him and unfortunately for Conan, it’s still hungry.

Jim Zub has been writing Conan The Barbarian for five issues now and I’ve really liked it a lot. I was worried once Jason Aaron left the book that I wouldn’t enjoy it but the Cimmerian is in great hands with a writer who can not only write good fantasy action but thrives in this element. Conan the Barbarian #17, depicting a possessed weapon taking control of Conan, is a pretty brutal issue and we see glimpses of the world of the sword itself. I know Zub knows the world of Dungeons And Dragons well and so often you could come across such an item. I love it. It makes Conan more than just a hack and slash character.

I’m a big fan of Robert Gill. He worked on a bunch of Valiant Entertainment books a few years back and I’d genuinely missed seeing his work. I think his art is well-suited for Conan and he just does a lot of good, violent work throughout Conan the Barbarian #17. When telling the story of a man possessed by a weapon, you are bound to have to illustrate a lot of human demise, and Gill’s work pairs well with Israel Silva’s colors. I’m hoping Gill can stay on the title for a good, long time.

This was an awesome issue and like the “Tooth Of The Northstar”, I hunger for more of this story. Do yourself a favor and get Conan the Barbarian #17.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Robert Gill
Color: Israel Silva Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: King-Size Conan #1

King-Size Conan #1

(W) Richard Thomas, Kurt Busiek, Chris Claremont, Kevin Eastman, Steven S. DeKnight (A) Steve McNiven, Pete Woods, Roberto de la Torre, Kevin Eastman, Jesus Saiz (CA) Andrew Robinson
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $6.99

BY CROM, YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CELEBRATION LIKE THIS – MARKING 50 YEARS OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN IN COMICS!

Revelations, surprises and savage action prevail in the all-new KING-SIZE CONAN! In 1970, Roy Thomas brought CONAN THE BARBARIAN, a creation of author Robert E. Howard, to Marvel Comics. With art by the incomparable Barry Windsor-Smith, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 introduced the Hyborian Age to a whole new audience, paving the way for decades of comics and Conan’s conquest of pop culture.

Now get ready to celebrate 50 years of CONAN with an oversize special spanning the breadth of Conan’s life and times by the most dazzling array of creative talent ever assembled in one book to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth!
Experience Roy Thomas and Steve McNiven’s all-new prelude to that original story from 1970!

Thrill to a tale of revenge by Kevin Eastman (co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), writing and drawing his FIRST Marvel story!

Chris Claremont and Roberto de la Torre team up to unveil a turning point in Conan’s career as a mercenary!
Kurt Busiek and Pete Woods recount an early brush with sorcerous forces that will shape Conan’s destiny!
Conan and Bêlit sail together again for the first time since the 2019 relaunch, with Jes s Saiz illustrating the Marvel Comics maiden voyage of Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s DAREDEVIL writer/director/showrunner)!

The perfect introduction for new fans, and an essential adventure for die-hards, this is the can’t-miss CONAN comic of the decade!

King-Size Conan #1

Preview: Conan the Barbarian #17

Conan the Barbarian #17

(W) Jim Zub (A) Robert Gill (CA) E.M Gist
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“THE CURSE OF THE NIGHTSTAR” CLAIMS CONAN! CONAN has escaped the Great Crucible, but his “March to Khitai” has just begun! Conan now possesses the TOOTH OF THE NIGHTSTAR, a mighty weapon liberated from the Uttara Kuru leadership. But if he’s not careful, the sword will possess him! A dark force is bound to the mystic blade, a spirit hungering for souls – including the Cimmerian’s! And It. Must. Feed!

Conan the Barbarian #17

Preview: Conan the Barbarian #16

Conan the Barbarian #16

(W) Jim Zub (A) Roge Antonia (CA) E.M Gist
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE REVENGE OF CONAN!
• The true nature of the Great Crucible is revealed!
• CONAN has angered the leadership of Uttara Kuru, but he will not be crushed by their punishment so easily!
• The dramatic conclusion to “Into the Crucible” and the start of Conan’s next quest!

Conan the Barbarian #16

Early Preview: King-Size Conan #1

King-Size Conan #1

(W) Richard Thomas, Kurt Busiek, Chris Claremont, Kevin Eastman, Steven S. DeKnight (A) Steve McNiven, Pete Woods, Roberto de la Torre, Kevin Eastman, Jesus Saiz (CA) Andrew Robinson
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $6.99

BY CROM, YOU’VE NEVER SEEN A CELEBRATION LIKE THIS – MARKING 50 YEARS OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN IN COMICS!

Revelations, surprises and savage action prevail in the all-new KING-SIZE CONAN! In 1970, Roy Thomas brought CONAN THE BARBARIAN, a creation of author Robert E. Howard, to Marvel Comics. With art by the incomparable Barry Windsor-Smith, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 introduced the Hyborian Age to a whole new audience, paving the way for decades of comics and Conan’s conquest of pop culture.

Now get ready to celebrate 50 years of CONAN with an oversize special spanning the breadth of Conan’s life and times by the most dazzling array of creative talent ever assembled in one book to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth!

Experience Roy Thomas and Steve McNiven’s all-new prelude to that original story from 1970!

Thrill to a tale of revenge by Kevin Eastman (co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), writing and drawing his FIRST Marvel story!

Chris Claremont and Roberto de la Torre team up to unveil a turning point in Conan’s career as a mercenary!

Kurt Busiek and Pete Woods recount an early brush with sorcerous forces that will shape Conan’s destiny!
Conan and Bêlit sail together again for the first time since the 2019 relaunch, with Jes s Saiz illustrating the Marvel Comics maiden voyage of Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s DAREDEVIL writer/director/showrunner)!

The perfect introduction for new fans, and an essential adventure for die-hards, this is the can’t-miss CONAN comic of the decade!

King-Size Conan #1

Review: Conan the Barbarian #15

Conan the Barbarian #15

I’m a bit of a Jim Zub fan and when I found out he was working on Conan, I had to grab Conan the Barbarian #15 for a review. I’ve loved what he’s done with IDW’s Dungeons & Dragons comics and Dynamite’s Pathfinder. He knows this type of fantasy world really well and I was curious to see what he brings to the Cimmerian, even if this was chapter 3 of the storyline.

Conan and his small party are trapped underground maze known as the Crucible, all for those who worship the God of Many-Deaths. Sadly, they awake to one member murdered while they all slept. As there are no answers at first to the killing, they make their way through the Crucible, dining on rats and all the other expected things that happen when trapped in a death maze. After Conan slays a great underwater beast, they find their way out of the Crucible and into an arena, where Conan will once again have to do battle to save what remains of his compatriots.

This was the third issue in the story but Zub does a splendid job with catching the reader up on what has happened earlier. The narration that accompanies this issue really sends me back to reading Conan when I was younger and it’s an element that I miss a lot with newer books. There was a couple of great action sequences inside this issue, one adorned with a pretty rad splash page. Look, it’s straight-forward and it’s not like the wheel was reinvented but I just thought this was a fun issue to read.

Let’s talk the art of Conan for a moment. Rogé António is a fine artist for this book. I liked the look of this issue very much. Not too much detail but not lacking in any areas. I’m pretty easy to please. With Israel Silva coloring his art, I thought the both of them made for a good art team. Travis Lanham deserves a lot of credit on lettering because not only is he having to work on word balloon placement but Conan has its fair share of narration boxes to place and the art isn’t obscured by anything.

I thought Conan the Barbarian #15 was an easy issue to follow and I wasn’t confused much at all picking this one up in the middle of the storyline. It brought me back to how I felt as a kid reading Conan’s adventures. I’m glad that I continue to enjoy Jim Zub’s work as much as I do. He’s an underrated writer in comics and doesn’t get the credit he deserves. With a quality art team, this issue is definitely worth a read for someone looking to venture out to something different in comics.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Rogé António
Colors: Israel Silva Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Conan the Barbarian #15

Conan the Barbarian #15

(W) Jim Zub (A) Roge Antonia (CA) E.M Gist
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $3.99

MURDER IN THE PITS OF THE CRUCIBLE!
• CONAN’s fate is altered by the sudden murder of one of the contestants!
• But as all signs point to Conan’s guilt, has he fallen victim to a cruel betrayal…or a demonic possession clouding his actions?
• The Crucible tournament continues with its deadliest twist yet!

Conan the Barbarian #15
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