Conan the Barbarian #10
Script by Brian Wood
Art by Declan Shalvey
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Cover by Massimo Carnevale
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: November 14, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Conan the Barbarian #10 is one of the strangest Conan comics I’ve ever read. It reveals a whole different level of the Conan character that I’ve never seen before. And that is, complacency. Something that’s rarely if EVER seen in a Conan comic. I’ll be honest, it was a little unsettling to see Conan the Barbarian…happy.
Writer Brian Wood continues his excellent run on this title with the first chapter in a new storyline, titled “The Death.” We find Conan happily living on a pirate ship with his love, Belit, going from port to port, raiding other ships, and basically carrying on a pirate’s business as usual. What’s odd is that for the first time, we see a calm, satisfied Conan, one who’s not out for revenge or on a hell-bent quest for revenge, a mystic artifact, or a rescue mission. It’s a little odd to see him in this mood, but it totally works, and is a pleasant surprise. And just because Conan is “happy” it doesn’t mean he’s turned into a softy. When the swords come out, he’s still the badass barbarian that we all know and love. This issue has some great surprises, as well as a heavy dose of mystery and character development.
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