Conan The Avenger #1
Based on the work of Robert E. Howard
Script by Fred Van Lente
Art by Brian Ching
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Letters by Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Cover by Iain McCaig
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: April 23, 2014
Cover Price: $3.50
By Crom! Now this is how a Conan story should read! Conan The Avenger #1 has everything you would expect from Robert E. Howard himself. Now granted, it is based upon a synopsis Howard wrote but never completed, but the vast majority of this is original…and awesome! It isn’t just that the writing seems appropriate, it’s that it’s paired perfectly with art that reminds me of the Conan comics from decades ago. Read on my friends for more information.
As with any great tale, we have a couple of different storylines going on here. Of course there is our favorite Cimmerian, though this time he’s deep in his cups dealing with the loss of a close friend. His self-destructive behavior leads others to feel as if he is fair game and they make a tremendous mistake, for which he makes them regret quite quickly. The other plot revolves around a strange birth and how it affects a small village (and I do mean STRANGE). But the oddity here is that Conan is blamed for the atrocity by a local shaman. Sadly, this issue closes long before I was ready and now I’m fiending for the next installment.
Writer Fred Van Lente has never disappointed me in the past and he sure didn’t start today. As far as I know, he’s never written Conan before (though he has penned a lot of other characters in a variety of genres), but he proves he has the chops to make my favorite barbarian kick ass once again. Brian Ching‘s artistic style in this book is one that is reminiscent of early eighties comics. I’ve seen a lot of his work and I’m stunned at the flexibility he shows in it. While many artists seem pigeonholed into one way of drawing, he simply refuses to be one of them…and it makes this comic amazing!
If you have ever considered yourself a Conan fan, then go buy this comic. I don’t care if you prefer the books over the films or think the comics are the best format. Each and every fan will find something in this comic that appeals to them. I’m not kidding, it’s that good. This is an ongoing series and you don’t want to be left out, so check it out at your local comic book shop or bookstore!