Conan the Slayer #7 – Review
Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Sergio Dávila (Cover); Admira Wijaya (Issue)
Conan has found himself hetman of the Kozak tribe. Once again, he is thrust into the leadership position by fate. The flaming figure of the dead Taraslan as he rose from his pyre and destroyed the Turanian enemies that had attacked the tribe during his funeral has been seen as a confirmation from beyond the grave of Conan’s leadership. Surely, the Turanians must pay for their crimes and Conan must now decide what course to take.
With the completion of the first major story arc in this series Cullen Bunn has put his stamp upon the long legacy of Conan. The fate of our Cimmerian friend is in good hands as more adventure appears on the horizon and we take Conan and his Kozaki to further fields, battles, and glory. Bunn, in this beginning of a new arc, reintroduces Conan to an old friend, the sea. Conan now takes his fight against the Turanians to a new level, as he and his Kozak band ally with the pirates that sail the inland sea and seek to strike where Turan is most vulnerable, it’s trade goods and wealth. Bunn’s writing is wonderfully consistent as he keeps us moving, shifting, like the sands of the desert or the waves of the sea, and each exposition is a springboard to the next action and the adrenaline responds.
Admira Wijaya does an incredibly good job translating the story into image and setting our imaginations on fire. From the overgrown stones of ruins, to the creaking decks come under arrow fire, we are surrounded by detailed images that put us into the very panels we are reading. We have a sense of movement to the ships, and the battle seems to pitch and roll with the waves, and we feel our own footing becoming unsure. The battle scenes are fleshed out with ample detail and the moments of calm seem to be ready to give way entirely at any moment. Wijaya can be very proud of this issue as it serves to show what an artist can do in conjunction with a good story to ensnare a reader and lead them from image to image with ease.
This issue sets a good foundation for this second story arc in this series. The story is compelling and the artwork is as well. It hearkens back to previous Conan adventures at the same time as propelling him to his unique destiny. This series is one I’m very happy to have on my pull list, and would encourage you to do the same.