Conan the Avenger #2
Written by Fred Van Lente
Art by Brian Ching
Colors by Michael Atiyeh
Letters by Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Cover art by Killian Plunkett
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 28, 2014
Cover Price: $3.50
WOW!!!! Comics don’t get much better than Conan the Avenger #2!!! It’s got EVERYTHING you could want or hope for in a Conan comic book.
I’ve enjoyed Fred Van Lente’s books in the past a great deal, but I had no idea he had such great ideas and stories for Conan in him. This is a Conan that we don’t get to see that often. Usually he’s fighting off other barbarians, pirates, or monsters, but here we get to see him tackle the spirit world. How can he kill something that’s all ready dead? The answer will surprise you! Beyond all this awesomeness, there’s a really great story, with just enough hopelessness for the character the reader believes that this might be the adventure he doesn’t walk away from, even though we know better. The villains are believable, and that’s what made me actually get nervous for Conan a couple of times. And, Van Lente throws in some pretty great “classic Conan” moments.
Brian Ching was born to draw Conan the Avenger. Although nothing can ever compare to the fantastic John Buscema work that I grew up on, Ching comes very, very close. He’s not the normal “Conan” style, and it is both refreshing and it totally works here. He’s got a talent for not only drawing the Hyborian world, but the supernatural. The look that he gives the world is both beautiful and scary at the same time. I look forward to many more issues of his art.
You HAVE to pick this issue up!! And, if you don’t have it, the previous issue. This is a fantastic series, and I encourage you to grab it on Wendesday when it comes out. There’s far too much goodness here for you to pass up!