Best issue so far, I think they hooked me. Don't mind the lack of mating dance, but very confused by El Borak's guest cameo in the shaman's dream. I really like the Wood/Cloonan N'gora in just a few pages the character seems very real. Glad that Belit's crew is looking human now and Conan gained 5 lbs. I'm looking forward to more beasties from Cloonan. The wolf Conan faces in the flashback and the glimpse of the wing ape are both highly stylized Mignola-esque and creepy.
Good that the letters page still exists and that Dark Horse was willing to print critical letters from fans and acknowledge the feelings of REH fans. It should also be noted that the fan-art pin up winner is awesome by far and away the best fan art I've seen published in a Conan comic.
Have to agree, the best so far. Usually the excitement wears off for me when the story gets going, but still look forward to the next one.
The Cimmerian lands and Conan hopped up in furs battling the beasts for food and life, shows the harsh climes he had to endure, makes a none Conan fan realise why he is strong and deadly, could intro. Cloonan's water is pretty darn good, Woods was right about her being excellent at depicting water. Her Belit is the best I've came across since Buscema's furred vixen, stunning and beautiful.
Mostly pluses on my part for this issue, but the dance was missed by me, and I still feel it was where Conan's back was broke in regards to wanting to stay alive. Forsaking his oath to Tito and not dying as the men sunk beneath the waves in revenge was explained to me in Howard depicting Belits magic off stripping Conan of his vengeful task that was still a sore point in his mind. The dance was the straw that broke the camels back, as any man would agree that has watched a belly dancer perform in real life, lol. To me Woods missed out on a cherry on his cake leaving that out, but it still read well and was paced decently.
The stories are not filled with blood and gore to the point of becoming silly; thinking back to the old Marvel days, we had action within the first pages. Which in my youth I loved, now I find the stories interesting and backed up with good art (Bit bigger Conan muscle wise), but all together a good read.
Edited by Dave the Rage, 25 April 2012 - 11:45 PM.
?I do not accept as matter of belief certain things in this history, or rather fiction; for some things are diabolical superstitions, some are poetical inventions, some have the semblance of truth, some have not; and some are meant for the entertainment of fools.? Book of Leinster ? 12th century