Conan the Barbarian #9

Conan the Barbarian #9

Writer: Brian Wood Artist: Vasilis Lolos Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 10, 2012 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 1
5.5Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Brian Wood and Vasilis Loloss Border Fury concludes, as the secret behind Conans impostor is revealed! Separated on Cimmerias frozen plains, Conan and Blit each fight handicapped while facing a deadly foeConan by the unexpected identity of his pretender and Blit by debilitating snow blindness!

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Oct 11, 2012

    And so things return to “normal,” only for the next arc to assumedly shake things up again with Declan Shalvey and some death. While this arc certainly had it's ups and downs, Wood's “Conan” run s still very much enjoyable. Never truly allowing itself to become typical or formulaic, Wood and the artists on the title repeatedly try something new, whether it works or it doesn't. In the case of this arc, the finale was mixed, but with art as sleek as Lolos', it's easy to take regardless. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson Oct 2, 2012

    I can't really put my finger on what it is other than with a new story arc and a new artist every couple of issues, I am growing less and less invested in the series. The promise of those early Wood/Cloonan issues (so good!!!) is fading. I'll keep reading. I know some amazing artists are lined up, but I think with the constant switcharoo this is never going to be a series that I really love.  Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Oct 15, 2012

    "I realize that there is a trend in comics right now to modernize classic characters and give them more depth, but Wood takes it too far here. Making characters flawed is one thing, but between Belit's inability to cope off-ship and Conan's bullying past that makes him hard to like going forward, I don't see why a reader would care enough to pick up issue #10. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    hatmasta Oct 12, 2012

    The past two issues of Conan the Barbarian have been a slight downturn in the series. This is partly due to Lolos art (action scenes were good, but facial expressions were....a bit off), but also due to Wood's writing as well. While this 3 issue arc did explore a bit of Conan's history, it lacked the suave adventuresque wonderfulness of the first 6 issues; that feeling of something new, fresh, and wildly enjoyable. And let's be honest: the lack of action and wild violence left something to be had with this arc, whereas the previous two gave readers their fill of gore and bloodshed. While the arc was in no way bad, Wood was definitely not at his best, a fact that could have easily been glossed over had Cloonan or a better artist performed the artwork. However, with artist Declan Shalvey coming fully slated for the next 3 issues, I fully expect the series to get a 'bump' back to the quality at which it started.

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