We got one of the biggest metalheads from the 1980s and friend of the channel to review one of the most metal comics that has come out lately, Conan The Barbarian #1 from Marvel Comics. Conan, meet Mitch!
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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.
From an age undreamed…hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet…
Conan’s travels have brought him to the far reaches of the unkown, from his birthplace in Cimmeria to the kingdom of Aquilonia and all in between. As his fighting prowess allows him to carve his way through life, so too does it attract the forces of death!
Conan has returned to Marvel with Jason Aaron in the driver seat as the writer. Aaron has proven himself a leader in the sword and sorcery genre of storytelling with his epic run on Thor and he brings that talent to Conan the Barbarian #1.
With an expected literary device of using the past and present to weave the tale, this debut is a solid start to Robert E. Howard’s classic creation. The first few pages honor what has come before with an amazing two page spread bringing together art from across the comic ages of Conan. It’s a simple nod to remember what has come before and honor the creators who got the character to this point.
I myself and not the biggest fan of the character. I enjoy Schwarzenegger’s films and have read a bit of what was released by Dark Horse but the books and Marvel’s original works are something that never appealed to me, as I’m not much of a sword and sorcery fan. But, this first might change that as Aaron puts together a story that feels like an epic poem of someone’s adventures and conquests. His narrative doesn’t just embrace what and who Conan is but also feels like it honors the classic storytelling that was used to pass on the adventures of such characters in the past.
Aaron is helped by the art by Mahmud Asrar, color by Matthew Wilson, and lettering by Travis Lanham. The trio deliver an art style that nails the action and settings with just enough gore, grime, bones, and blood. The action is brutal and begs you to look at the details of which each small one tells a story and adds to the world.
Like the story, the art is solid though nothing groundbreaking. Conan the Barbarian #1 is just a really good comic that does everything well. The story flows with lots of action, the issue sets up the first arc really well with interesting framing, and most importantly, it left me wanting more. This is a really good debut that brings the classic character back to Marvel and into the hands of a creative team you can tell loves the character and world.
Beyond the comic, we’re also treated to the first of a twelve part prose story by John C. Hocking, the “Black Starlight.” It’s a solid reminder of the prose origin of the character. The story is great and feels like a bonus for the comic itself. It’s the cherry on top of an already solid read.
Conan the Barbarian #1 is a fantastic start to the new year and hopefully a hint as to the overflowing entertaining comics we’ll be spoiled with in 2019.
Story: Jason Aaron Prose: John C. Hocking Art: Mahmud Asrar
Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Esad Ribic
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Fantastic Four #5
(W) Dan Slott (A) Aaron Kuder, Adam Hughes, Michael Allred (CA) Esad Ribic
In Shops: Dec 26, 2018
SPECIAL 650th ISSUE SPECTACULAR!
The wedding that’s been years in the making…Ben and Alicia say “I do!”
No bait. No switch. Not a dream. Not a hoax. And we swear, not a single Skrull around. This is really happening! From the book that brought you the first, best and longest running super hero marriage in comics, we give you…the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters! Featuring an untold tale of the courtship of Ben and Alicia. A bachelor party that only Johnny Storm could throw. And a very special ceremony brought to you in the Mighty Marvel Manner.
One is an unstoppable cosmic force of nature. The other is a complicated villain. And both are iconic foes of the Fantastic Four, coming to the pages of Fantastic Four #7 this February!
It’s a battle between Galactus and Doctor Doom, and Marvel is excited to reveal their epic clash with a brand new cover from series artist Esad Ribic! With the Devourer of Worlds versus Victor Von Doom, Mister Fantastic’s got a choice to make as the Fantastic Four fight to keep the Marvel Universe safe – but one thing that the Fantastic Four haven’t counted on? They return of a long forgotten threat from the team’s past…
This winter, the “Herald of Doom” continues…and it’s a story fans won’t want to miss!
Fantastic Four #7 is written by Dan Slott with art by Aaron Kuder and out February 13, 2019.
Fantastic Four #4
(W) Dan Slott (A) Stefano Caselli (CA) Esad Ribic
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
Meet the Marvel Universe’s New Fabulous Foursome: THE FANTASTIX!
• Wait. What?! Who are these imposters? Why are they in the Baxter Building?!
• And how is it that they own the lease?!
• A strange new turn in the Fantastic Four’s legacy!
• A secret side mission for the Thing!
• All this and a special appearance by one of the FF’s oldest foes!
Fantastic Four #3
(W) Dan Slott (A) Sara Pichelli, Nico Leon (CA) Esad Ribic
In Shops: Nov 14, 2018
• The Fantastic Four is more than a team. It’s a family. And when the fate of the very Multiverse is at stake, that means it’s time for the ENTIRE family to have a reunion.
• Everything you’ve been waiting for? It’s in THIS issue.
• Guest-starring: Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, Ghost Rider, Medusa, Crystal, Luke Cage and MORE.
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Christian Ward (CA) Esad Ribic
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
ALL-FATHER THOR FACES HIS DOOM!
If you thought Old Man Phoenix was crazy, then wait’ll you see what we’ve done to Marvel’s greatest villain. It’s the end of the universe – and the return of Doctor Doom. A Doom more powerful than anything that has ever lived. Get ready for the greatest battle the far future has ever seen, as Old King Thor and the Phoenix Wolverine stand together at the end of time against an army of monsters and the final Doom.
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Christian Ward (CA) Esad Ribic
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
GET READY FOR KING THOR AND THE PHOENIX, BUB!
In the far future, All-Father Thor reignited the Earth and sparked new life in the universe. But now, something is wiping out other worlds – and Midgard won’t be far behind. Luckily, Thor isn’t the only god left. But is the Phoenix-possessed Wolverine a friend or foe?
Gather your friends, find your best clothing, and get ready to party – Marvel is celebrating a wedding that has been years in the making, and it’s the union of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters! And don’t worry, Marvel fans – this wedding will definitely have the happy couple saying “I do!”
This December, Dan Slott and Esad Ribic joined by Marvel Young Gun Aaron Kuder and superstar artists Adam Hughes and Michael Allred for a special 650th issue spectacular, featuring the untold tale of Alicia and Ben’s courtship! Plus, a bachelor party that only Johnny Storm could throw and many more surprises that it can only mean it’s a wedding celebrated in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
And even though vows will be exchanged without a hitch, it wouldn’t be a Marvel wedding without its fair share of dangers lurking in the background…
Comic retailers across the U.S. received their invites earlier this week – will YOU be in attendance? Rings and vows are exchanged this December, when Fantastic Four #5 hits comic shops December 26, 2018!