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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

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

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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. 

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

Review: Conan the Barbarian #1

Robert E. Howard‘s Conan the Barbarian is back at Marvel and the first issue of his new sword and sorcery adventures are being brought to us by Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar, Matthew Wilson, and Travis Lanham.

Get your copy in comic shops on January 2nd! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Conan the Barbarian #1

Conan the Barbarian #1

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

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Uncanny X-Men #1 Gets a Digital Director’s Cut

THE CHILDREN OF THE ATOM ARE BACK! Marvel’s mutants return with a new ongoing series, a 10-part weekly epic with X-Men: Disassembled! Pick up #1 of Uncanny X-Men…back and better than ever! Starting with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, the X-Men are drawn into what might be their final adventure! Fan favorite writers Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, and Kelly Thompson and all-star artists Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar, and Pere Pérez join forces to bring you…X-MEN DISASSEMBLED! Available wherever Marvel comics are sold!

For a limited time, you can get a behind-the-scenes peek at this can’t-miss 10-part epic…by purchasing #1! Those who have preordered or purchased a digital copy of Uncanny X-Men #1 or subscribed to the series via the Digital Comics Shop or Marvel Comics App before 12/4, 11:59  PM ET, will receive the DIRECTOR’S CUT edition of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1!*

This exclusive content will feature: a draft of #1’s script (including a script to #1’s back-up bonus story!), pencil pages, color pages, a variant cover gallery, never-before-seen character designs and MORE! Preview an all-new chapter for the strangest heroes of them all…who are about to challenge a new status quo! Limited time offer, act now!

Offer Details

* Limited time offer. You must purchase or pre-order a digital copy of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1 or subscribe to the series via the Digital Comics Shop or Marvel Comics App before 11:59 p.m. (ET) December 4th, 2018 to be eligible to receive a copy of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1 Director’s Cut. Offer is limited to one per account. The offer expires on 12/5/18. ComiXology reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is valid for one-time use only, is non-transferable and may not be resold. If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

Review: Uncanny X-Men #1

Uncanny X-Men is back and kicks off “X-Men Disassembled,” a ten part weekly event! This is a must for X-Men fans.

Uncanny X-Men #1 is by Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Mahmud Asrar, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Caramagna, Mirko Colak, Ibraim Roberson, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, and Guru-eFX.

Get your copy in comic shops Wednesday November 14. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

TFAW

 

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