Conan the Barbarian #12

Conan the Barbarian #12

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Declan Shalvey Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 16, 2013 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 6
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Unable to obtain a cure for the deadly illness afflicting Bêlit and the crew of the Tigress, Conan feels the fear of loss for the first time. With no hope and a broken heart, the Cimmerian is horrified at how appealing he finds Bêlit’s order to abandon the ship and his queen! The haunting conclusion of “The Death”!

  • 9.5
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Jan 17, 2013

    Declan Shalvey continues on art duties and hits another beautiful splash page with Conan sitting outside Belit's room as he hears her screaming in pain. Shalvey captures Conan's pain perfectly on the splash page with Conan sitting on the ships floor lost, stressed and covered in his enemies blood as he continues to hear Belit scream in pain as the witch attempts to heal her. Brian Wood manages to put together another great and emotional story as I was able to feel Conan becoming more and more desperate to save his wife and crew as he hacked as slashed down opposing enemies who were attacking the ship trying to apprehend Belit. Conan the Barbarian continues to be the perfect balance between a great love story and action. Pick up issues 10-12 or if you want to jump on board fresh next months issue 13 is the perfect opportunity. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson Jan 18, 2012

    A great ending to a great story arc. I wish every issue of Conan the Barbarian was of this caliber.  But with the end of The Death it is time to spin the roulette wheel again and bring on a new artist. Fortunately, we know this time it Is coming up green double-zeros. Next issue is the incredible Mirko Colak. Let's hope Wood gives him a story arc worthy of his great abilities.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Jan 16, 2013

    "Conan the Barbarian" #12 is the mission statement for what Brian Wood can do with this culturally iconic character when given enough room to create and redefine. This comic has been high art all the way and this issue feels like a pinnacle moment of structure and delivery as things tie together, people die and readers are left on a very sour note. This is about as good as it gets as far as visceral action meeting cerebral emotion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Jan 16, 2013

    With the recent release of Conan Volume 13: the Queen of the Black Coast, there is no better time than now to get caught up and jump into this series. Single issues can be found in the Dark Horse Digital store to bridge the gap between the first collection and issue twelve. Brian Wood has something really great here, and were seeing sides to Conan that really havent been done before. Wood has taken an original Robert E. Howardthe creator of Conan in the 30s, for those that arent awarestory and expanded upon it and put his own signature spin on it. Hes not only doing it justice, but all of his side stories that venture outside of Howards original story are the kinds of stories that not only add to the rich history of Conan, but they would undoubtedly make the creator proud. Check this series out and dive into one of the best Conan stories that have ever been told. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 16, 2013

    Wood used to be one of my favorite writers; one that could do no wrong and seemingly everything he touched turned to gold. I didn’t like his Star Wars (I’m also royally done with the franchise though). I felt that Mara was lackluster and that the narrative was all over the place. The Massive is good, but it’s not the type of story that I want to read. But his Conan… captivates me month after month. I know this book isn’t for everyone and it seems that the die-hard fans are officially done with it, but they’re also probably the hardest to appease to begin with. This is a good damn series and I’m going to enjoy it until it stops being good. Maybe one day I’ll go back and read the novels and then become offended by the adaptation, but this series is far too entertaining for me to be upset with. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Bob Chamberlain Jan 21, 2013

    Dark Horse's Conan the Barbarian has been consistently well put-together since its inception and has really delivered Conan the way he was originally intended to be. While this issue is definitely not an optimal jumping-on point, the coming issues promise to be exactly that. Read Full Review

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