It’s a new week and while we’re generally recovered from San Diego Comic-Con we’re focused on Gen Con this week! While you wait for that coverage, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Continuing its celebration of the return of Conan this January, Marvel has announced the release of two volumes of Conan Chronicles Epic Collection: Out of the Darksome Hills and The Heart of Yag-Kosha!
Collecting Conan: The Legend 0 and Conan (2004) #1-19, Conan Chronicles Epic Collection: Out of the Darksome Hills presents tales from industry great Kurt Busiek and Eisner-winning Conan artist Cary Nord, including classic stories adapted from the epic works of original author Robert E. Howard. Relive all the legendary and glorious detail of Conan’s battle with the Vanir, his meeting with the Frost Giant’s daughter, and more! Conan Chronicles Epic Collection: Out of the Darksome Hills is Vol. 1 in the Conan Chronicles Epic Collections, collecting Conan’s various ongoing series from 2004-2017.
Conan Chronicles Epic Collection:The Heart of Yag-Kosha presents the legend in more swashbuckling stories, including tales of Conan’s storied youth! Relive all his adventures in the City of Thieves and the Hall of the Dead, with more of Howard’s classic tales. CONAN Conan Chronicles Epic Collection:The Heart of Yag-Kosha is Vol. 2 in the Conan Chronicles Epic Collections.
Next year, get ready to take on Conan’s early exploits and magic with the Conan Chronicles Epic Collections! And beginning later in 2019, the Conan: Hyborian Tales Epic Collections will collect Conan’s various one-shots and miniseries from 2004-2016!
Conan Chronicles Epic Collection: Out of the Darksome Hills is out February 6th, 2019 andChronicles Epic Collection:The Heart of Yag-Kosha is out April 3rd, 2019.
Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International have announced the iconic Conan franchise will return to Marvel next year.
With over 650 issues from 1970 to 2000, Marvel brought fans the adventures of Conan The Barbarian, Conan the Adventurer, Conan the Savage and Savage Sword of Conan among other popular titles.
With this deal, Marvel will again bring new and thrilling stories for Conan fans around the world. Details on upcoming comic book titles, collections, reprints, and creative teams will be shared at a later date.
Currently, Dark Horse Comics holds the comic rights to Conan and the character is currently crossing over with Wonder Woman in a miniseries being co-published with DC Comics. This is the second property in recent years to go from Dark Horse and return to Marvel, Star Wars being the other. That series is now one of Marvel’s top selling comics. It’s unknown if, like Star Wars, Dark Horse’s releases will be reprinted by Marvel as well as part of the deal.
The wondrous Diana of Themyscira comes face to face with the Cimmerian barbarian Conan in a new miniseries this fall—Wonder Woman/Conan. DC Comics and Dark Horse have teamed up for a crossover of epic proportions, bringing back fan-favorite Wonder Womanwriter Gail Simone and Wonder Woman artist Aaron Lopresti for an adventure unlike anything seen before—a collision of legends.
Our tale begins as Conan the Barbarian arrives on the shores of an unknown land, and soon meets the world’s most fearsome arena fighter—Wonder Woman. Ill-fated circumstances force them both into slavery. As they attempt to free themselves from the grips of the rich and powerful slave-owner Dellos, a dark magic descends upon their land, a presence that wants to destroy them both. But who has the might to stop the most talented gladiators who have ever existed?
Wonder Woman has been a pivotal character in the DC Universe for over 75 years as a member of the Trinity and the Justice League, and as a notable icon around the world. Conan the Barbarian, similarly, has long been an important character since his creation 85 years ago. Dark Horse has been publishing Conan stories since 2003, and new and exciting tales continue to hit shelves.
A tale of myths and magic, Simone and Lopresti bring to life a new world for these two heroes—weaving a story of fantasy, mythos and adventure. The six-issue saga begins September 20.
Modiphius Entertainment has announced athe first two releases for our Conan roleplaying game, the Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of core book, and Jeweled Thrones of the Earth, its first major adventure supplement
Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of core book, and Jeweled Thrones of the Earth are now available in PDF form from Modiphius.net. There’s also still time for Conan fans to join in with some of the bigger Conan RPG Kickstarter pledges! Both books will be available in print later this spring once the Kickstarter ships and if you purchase the PDF’s, you qualify for a discount on the hardcopies.
Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of takes you into the world of Conan the Barbarian, where heroes raise blood-spattered swords against dire sorcery, exotic lands beckon to the daring, danger and treasure lurks in forgotten ruins, and where loathsome creatures haunt the spaces beneath the earth… as well as in the throne-rooms of mighty kingdoms! Seek your fortune in forbidden tombs or upon blood-soaked battlefields. Cast dark and terrible spells of unimaginable power, at the price of your soul. Sail upon untamed seas to lands where no human in living memory has walked. Fight for the fate of civilization – or barbarism – on a savage frontier!
Complete 2d20 game system, including combat, skills, talents, sorcery, and equipment suitable for adventuring in Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age.
An extensive gazetteer covering the whole of Conan’s world: featuring fair Aquilonia, gloomy Cimmeria and magic-haunted Stygia, and the far-off steaming jungles of Khitai.
Extensive guidelines for running scenarios and campaigns in the Hyborian Age, allowing gamemasters to create thrilling Howardian adventures.
Fearsome foes, ranging from bandits and sorcerers, to apes and giant serpents, Children of Set to frost giants, forest devils, and characters of renown such as Conan and his most deadly foe, Thoth-Amon.
Jeweled Thrones of the Earth presents six complete and ready-to-play adventures for Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of. Within these pages gamemasters will find the means to take heroes across the whole of Conan’s world.
Explore a lost city in the steaming jungles of the south and dare to face the Feathered Ape, as well as other menaces in Devils Among Green Stars.
Sail across the eons to an island enthralled by a demon-goddess, and attempt to escape the hand of fate in The Pact of Xiabalba.
Seek unimaginable wealth within The Caves of the Dero, whose denizens harbor a terrifying secret.
Defend the frontier against an attack by Picts, spurred to war by an ancient evil known only as The Ghost of Thunder River.
Discover the secrets of a sinister thief-cult hidden within the heart of a city, watched over by The Thousand Eyes of Aumag-Bel.
Fight slavers in a desperate battle to win freedom and escape the horrors of The Red Pit.
Uncover a degenerate race lost to the desert and time, in The Seethers in the Sand.
Guidelines for linking these adventures together into complete campaigns.
Scattered Jewels… a dozen exciting adventure seeds to help spur further exploits.
Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of is Conan roleplaying as Robert E. Howard wrote it – savage pulp adventure battling ancient horrors in the Hyborian Age. After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign which raised £436K from over 4,300 backers, it now has over 20 planned source books and adventures in prospect including The Book of Skelos, Conan The Thief, and Beasts of the Hyborian Age, as well as dice and tile sets, posters, maps, dice trays and the limited Edition Conqueror’s Edition bag.
With a team of iconic fantasy and Conan artists, including Brom, Tim Truman, Simon Bisley, Esteban Sanjulian, Maroto, Mark Schultz, Tomás Giorello, it was developed in close consultation with award-winning Conan scholars, making it the most authentic roleplaying depiction of Conan and his world ever published.
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!
We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine #24 (Image Comics) – Last month’s experimentalism was pretty fun and it was nice to finally see Kevin Wada do some interiors, but it will be nice to see Jamie McKelvie’s take on the brave new world for the Pantheon now that Ananke is out of the way.Motor Crush #1 (Image)- The creative team of the always fun and adorable Batgirl reunites on a creator owned title. It will be exciting to see Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr with full creative freedom in this new Image release. Plus biker gangs are cool.
Motor Crush #1 (Image Comics) – The creative team of the always fun and adorable Batgirl reunites on a creator owned title. It will be exciting to see Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr with full creative freedom in this new Image release. Plus biker gangs are cool.
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #2 (DC Comics) – I can’t wait to be drawn into the wonderful Gothic world and web of relationships in Deadman #2. Plus queer love triangles are all too rare in mainstream comics.
Midnighter and Apollo #3 (DC Comics) – Midnighter fighting demons to save Apollo is the kind of romance-driven ultraviolence that I’ve come to expect from Steve Orlando’s work on the character. I’ve really been enjoying Fernando Blanco’s panel layouts too.
Conan Omnibus Vol. 1 (Dark Horse) – One of my favorite writers (Kurt Busiek) on one of fantasy fiction’s most iconic characters. I wasn’t reading comics when his original run came out, but can’t pass up this 472 page feast of blood, guts, swords, and sorcery.
Top Pick: Voracious: Feeding Time #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – I’ve already read the Kickstarter reward pdf, but this week marks the first chance those who didn’t back the project get to read the comic, and I’m excited for you. The entire series has been phenomenal up until this point, and I can’t wait for you to read this comic.
Faith #6 (Valiant) – This is one of the most entertaining comics from any publisher right now, and on any other week this would be the comic that’s on top my list to read first, but this is also the week that the second Voracious miniseries begins. That being said, I fucking love Faith.
Ninjak #22 (Valiant) – A standalone story is something we’re seeing less and less in comics these days, so that’s one reason I’m looking forward to this issue of Ninjak. The other is that this will likely be the calm before the storm, and I’m curious to see what Matt Kindt has in store for us here.
Superman #12 (DC Comics) – Superman versus Frankenstein? Hell yeah!
The Unworthy Thor #2 (Marvel) – I must admit, I do enjoy a good redemption story, and the first issue was great. My only reservation on the series as a whole is that I hope Odinson doesn’t get his old hammer back.
Moon Knight #9 (Marvel) – Wow this comic is crazy. Literally. What is going on with Marc? I mean Jake? I mean… you get the idea. With each comic this series gets more and more confusing, but I am a big Lemire fan and trust his storytelling. This book is at its best when you’re not questioning it. Sit back and enjoy the trippy Egyptian ride.
The Unworthy Thor #2(Marvel) – Odinson and Beta Ray Bill space road trip! When we last saw these two in the first issue, Odinson is given Bill’s hammer and told there is another Mjölnir out there. Also, where the heck is Asgard?!
The Wicked + The Divine #24 (Image Comics) – While I think the magazine of Pantheon was a cool idea, I am glad we will get back to the fantastic story. I feel like it has been forever since we got a regular issue and it has been too long considering what happened!
Midnighter and Apollo #3 (DC Comics) – This is a great series. Basically you get a version of Batman and Superman with the twist that they are together romantically. Their relationship is not cliche, and is believable and I love these characters. The only downside is for now this is only a miniseries that runs six issues.
Batman #12 (DC Comics) – The twist with Catwoman in the last issue has me excited to see where the fourth part of “I Am Suicide” goes. Unless he is toying with them, Batman may have just been outsmarted, at least for a moment. I love this version of Catwoman so far.
Top Pick: Motor Crush #1 (Image Comics) – The creative team of Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr alone is reason enough to get this comic. Seriously that’s all I need to see and I’m in to check out the series.
Atoll #1 (Creative Mind Energy) – This comic has had some issues with publishers and I’ve been waiting for it to finally hit shelves and folks to check it out. It feels right at home with torture porn horror in many ways, but unlike those types of films this story had me sucked in wanting to see what happens next. Writer Tim Daniel and artist Ricardo Drumond nail it with this first issue and I can’t wait to read the next.
Invisible Republic #13 (Image Comics) – The series followed a journalist seeking the truth about an uprising and this second story arc is more about the fallout concerning all of that as we get a better look at Earth and its relationship with the rest of humanity’s reach. In today’s political climate this sereis feels more relevant than ever.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (Marvel) – The break out character is getting her own series!
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye: Revolution #1 (IDW Publishing) – Revolution is winding down and we’re getting a better sense of how it all fits together.
Brom is an iconic name in fantasy gaming and literature. Well known for his work on the Dark Sun setting for Dungeons & Dragons, he also contributed to Magic: The Gathering, Alternity, Forgotten Realms, Planescape and Deadlands. His covers have graced Michael Moorcock, Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brook’s novels. Brom went on to work as a concept artist for movies like Sleepy Hollow and Van Helsing as well as illustrating DC, Chaos! and Dark Horse Comics.
When the new Conan roleplaying game was first announced early in 2015, Brom was unavailable but with the delay in launching, Brom was able to fit the cover in to his schedule. The original art by Sanjulian will take its proud place amongst the other mighty covers by Carl Critchlow, Mark Schultz, Tim Truman, Phroilan Gardner, Alex Horley, Tomas Giorello and others soon to be announced.
Robert E Howard’s Conan Roleplaying Game has been in development for the last year and promises all manner of adventure for those who join the Kickstarter launching soon. The campaign will unlock a wide range of high quality full colour hardback books, each cover featuring a maor Conan artist, accessories including beautiful dice and stunning collector’s items.
Jeff Shanks, award-winning Robert E. Howard scholar and essayist has been hard at work guiding the Modiphius team for the last year.
Tread the jeweled thrones of the earth or die in towers of spider-haunted mystery. Crom cares not!
Red Sonja awakens after her first battle against Kal’ang and his army, trying to piece together what has just happened. The bigger question though is, why is any of this happening?
The story opens with Red Sonja waking from her unconscious state, only to find three men scavenging a pile of corpses decaying on the battle field nearby. From there, she tries to remember what has occurred through the questioning of one of the men who saw the battle from afar. The problem with the story is that, it feels like a wonderful climax to a larger tale but, not enough work has gone into character development to make the battle compelling. Kal’ang’s motivation for fighting centers on his desire to conquer the world but, we do not have enough time with the character to truly understand why. Similarly, Red Sonja and Conan have almost no interaction. Conan barely has any part to play aside from a few lines of dialogue and some brief scenes during the battle flashbacks. Sonja and Conan’s relationship grows little and there is minimal development on why they are fighting together either. With more time for characters to grow, this could have been a fantastic climax to a violent war. Instead, it feels rushed, with the battle ending only in flashbacks and the final confrontation seemingly already on the horizon.
The art works very well to accentuate all of the action and violence. The set pieces are well laid out and the battles feel chaotic. There is a sense of tension many times in these sequences where the fighting is fast and impactful. Kal’ang’s beasts look especially impressive in combat. Although, the art does have moments when it falters. There is a lack of consistency in how characters muscles are accentuated. Some are done in only in light gray shading, while others are inked in dark black. There are other issues of consistency as well. On one page, the monsters created by Kal’ang are larger than the humans they are fighting but not by much then, on the very next page, Sonja and her horse are barely as big as the foot of the very same creature.
Overall, this issue feels like it could have been a great final chapter to a larger narrative but, the build up to it was too rushed and none of the action feels like a rewarding payoff of what the series has done so far.
For those who might not know the ongoing joke of Paul Rudd‘s appearances on Conan O’Brien‘s shows, instead of showing a clip from his film, the actor insists on showing a clip from the E.T. rip-off film Mac and Me. The big question leading up to his appearance on Thursday was whether the actor would be able to get away with doing that while promoting the Marvel film Ant-Man? The answer is below!