Conan And The People of The Black Circle #2

Conan And The People of The Black Circle #2

Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Ariel Olivetti Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: November 27, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 6
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Conan is on the run with his captive, Queen Yasmina—but his desperate bid to seek refuge in the Himelian Mountains leads him into an ambush! Meanwhile, murderous magic is afoot as the wicked sorcerer Khemsa plots against the unsuspecting Cimmerian!

  • 8.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Dec 3, 2013

    Even though everything hasn't been revealed about the king's assassination, it was convincing that the two of them would try to seize this opportunity for their own gain. And the way the story unfolds is as smooth as it is brutal with the artwork of Ariel Olivetti capturing both the brutality of Conan's world and the treachery magic of Khemsa's world, and switching between the two seamlessly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Nov 30, 2013

    In verdict, a good issue that is not quite as good as the first issue, but is still fairly solid on its own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Nov 27, 2013

    Conan and the People of the Black Circle #2 is a release that carries solid text with immaculate style as it, by Crom, earns praise from me. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nov 26, 2013

    Now that Van Lente has been announced as the new writer for the ongoing Conan series, it seems a shame to have wasted People of the Black Circle in this four-issue mini-series. After all, if Brian Wood can stretch Queen of the Black Coast out for two years, there is no reason Van Lente couldn't have done more with People of the Black Coast. So this is a fun series, and I am enjoying it"but it is a bit of a missed opportunity. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Nov 27, 2013

    Where this comic really suffers is in the art department. For whatever reason, Ariel Olivetti decides to draw nearly every character identically. The thieves, raiders, barbarians and kingdom folk all look exactly the same. Like, they are all the same dude who's facial changes slightly from panel to panel. The painting effect that Olivetti is known for also has a rushed quality to it. It's as if he simply didn't have as much time this issue to give the backgrounds and character details the time they required. Walls are just smudges of brown and grey. Character's hair becomes a mess of smeared color effects. It looks rough, especially when you consider how great that first issue looked. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Big Comic Page - David McIntyre Nov 26, 2013

    I wanted to like this book, I really did but a stick is a stick and a bad comic is a bad comic. No amount of good will on my part can change that. It's a shame, I know Van Lente can write good comics but this just isn't one of them. I'm still itching for a Conan fix in my monthly schedule so next month I might tackle the ongoing series – hopefully it'll deliver the goods! Read Full Review

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