Conan the Barbarian #16
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Davide Gianfelice
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Cover art by Massimo Carnevale
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99
In Conan the Barbarian #16, Conan and Belit get a much needed rest from all the troubles they’ve been having as of late. Disease, war, angry fathers, are all left behind as they take shelter in Ophir for some well deserved rest. Or so they think.
I wish writer Brian Wood would stop being so insanely good on this title. No, I don’t wish that, but I hope he at least stays on this book for the rest of his life. This issue starts as a really nice character piece on Conan and Belit and the romance that’s blossomed between the two, takes a left turn and ends up being a classic Conan type tale..with a very interesting twist. I really can’t get over how much I enjoyed this issue. Wood’s writing and feel for this character has just kept getting better and better with each issue of this series.
The art on this book is INSANE!!!! Artist Davide Gianfelice should NEVER leave Conan!! Ever!!! OK, so, you can tell I like him a lot. So will you, once you see his work here. He’s got the perfect style for this book, and for comics in general. Fantastic page layouts that really tell a great story, great expressions that let you know what’s going on without you having to even READ the word balloons, just all around greatness. I’m really hoping that he stays on this title for awhile, at least this arc. After that, Dark Horse REALLY needs to give him his own series…letting him drawn anything he wants.
When you go into your comic store this Wednesday, make this the very first book that you pick up. I don’t care if you’ve never read the series before, you’ll be a regular reader after this issue. THIS is the point where everyone should jump onto Conan the Barbarian.