In Review: Conan the Barbarian #1

Robert E. Howard's legendary Conan is back in a new tale of bravery and heroism!

Synopsis: Robert E. Howard’s legendary Conan is back in a new tale of bravery and heroism!

Years after the battle of Venarium, a weary Conan returns to his homeland to seek rest and solitude. However, a mysterious scout rides in to warn the Cimmerians of an imminent threat on the march from the Pictish wilderness. Will Conan and his new ally be able to hold off this new horde of invaders?


The Story

After having fought alongside a group of Mercenaries and having a dispute with their leader. Conan looks to take a break from fighting and crashes at a tavern for food and drink. However, when a mysterious female rider of Pitch origin rides into town. She brings a warning about an army that seems unstoppable thanks to some sort of supernatural element or magic user. Conan and the Pict woman battle this army, but struggle to defend the town from them. As the two make their way out of the town. The Pict woman warns that this is just one of a few such armies. But who is behind these unstoppable warriors?


The Artwork

Roberto De la Torre produces some great artwork and looks to be somewhat inspired by the work of the late Frank Frazetta’s work. As this version of Conan is very much modeled off of the Conan from the covers of the old Robert E. Howard books.

Late in the issue before Conan and the Pict woman ride out. We get a great image of Conan and his newfound companion in silhouette as they leave the battleground of the town burning in their wake. Added to this. The artist does a brilliant job of capturing the blunt-force slashes and stabs that Conan dishes out when in battle.



Jim Zub delivers a story that has an element of mystery to it. As we are left wondering who or what is behind this unstoppable army of soldiers who are single-mindedly taking out entire communities. I look forward to finding out who or what is behind this army in over the course of the next couple of issues.

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