Conan The Slayer #1 – Review
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Sergio Davila
Published by Dark Horse
Conan is back via Dark Horse and he is pumped, primed and ready to win back disillusioned comic book fans ! After a couple of lackluster runs DH is bringing in Deadpool uber writer Cullen Bunn and artist Sergio Davila to pump a little life into this tired franchise.
On the run, beaten and half dead Conan seeks escape from a band of Tuanian warriors with a thirst for blood . Finally after a bit of the ol’ ultraviolence he manages to get away only to find himself in the clutches of some Kozaki raiders. The raiders look to eliminate him, as he is a possible threat, but is allowed to live, in the name of curiosity.
This whole affair is Conan as he is meant to be. The art, the writing, the very feel of the thing are drenched in his dna.The writing is swift and uncluttered. The dialogue is clean too,written in a believable way without much of the heavy handed Elizabethan syntax this type of story typically goes for. Overall Cullen understands what the avid fan wants from this book and he delivers, for better or for worse, depending on what you are hoping for. While I enjoyed this thing as a read my only criticism is that there are no chances taken here. It is as cut and dried as it could possibly be. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I do believe it could hold this run back from really breaking out. The art is good too with some great coloring and character design that lends itself nicely to the source material. I think fans will like the new look of Conan, whose appearance in some of DH’s latter runs has been somewhat controversial.h Here he really recalls the look of the old Marvel series and I think it’s a look that most people expect.
One issue in a run is not really predictive of its course but the foundation is here for a really good …maybe great return for Conan.