Conan: The Avenger #1

Conan: The Avenger #1

Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Brian Ching Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 23, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 17
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Nursing his broken heart, Conan drinks himself into a stupor in the troubled city of Shumballa- until a brazen act of thievery launches the Cimmerian into a wild hunt and a supernatural adventure!

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Apr 28, 2014

    Licensed properties are easy to ignore, and even easier still to completely mess up. But it is the attention to detail and adherence to canon that has set the Dark Horse Conan books apart from other licenses. Since 2005, Dark Horse has been the place to go for bone crunching and thoughtful Conan the Barbarian stories and an authoritative voice in establishing a cohesive canon for "The Hyborian Age" created by Robert E. Howard. Fred Van Lente and his team start off slow, but quickly burst forward in a dead sprint with Conan The Avenger #1. It seems that our favorite barbarian is still in very good hands with Dark Horse. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Mark Pritchard Apr 24, 2014

    The second half of this book has Conan waking from his drink induced slumber, realising that some strangers have mistaken his misery for weakness and are intent on using him as a pawn in their larger game. How do you think that will work out for them? The art is gritty and atmospheric, and this issue concludes with a violent war cry coming from the defiant lips of our Cimmerian hero. I loved it, and can't wait to get my hands on issue #2 in thirty day's time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Andrew Lamb May 27, 2014

    Are there two sets of X-Men in the same time period? Which Robin is this? Unraveling the Marvel and DC worldscan be paralyzing, even for the most ardent fans. Fear not, if you are looking for a compelling script, vivid illustrations, and a perfect starting point…Conan the Avenger is it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Apr 27, 2014

    Overall, I'm quite satisfied with how this issue turned out and this comic is definitely going on my pull-list. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Apr 22, 2014

    Conan the Avenger is an odd book for me, the story took time to pick up steam but the art is what ultimately made the comic for me. Fred Van Lente's script was no slouch here, but him working with Brian Ching and Michael Atiyeh set Conan the Avenger off to another level. It's a strong Conan comic that held my attention by the end. There's a group of intriguing characters forming and this Conan book is catching my eye. Fred Van Lente, I think between you, Brian Ching, and Michael Atiyeh, you broke the streak and caught my eye on a Conan comic for the first time in a long while. I look forward to seeing if the next issue continues the promise of the ongoing adventures of Conan the Avenger. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Apr 24, 2014

    The character of Conan has been through many different incarnations over the past 80 years, but given the recent work at Dark Horse it appears that comic books are a surprisingly good fit. "Conan the Avenger" #1 will please fans of the previous series by continuing with the consequences and ramifications of that story, while being open to new readers as well. Fred Van Lente makes the sometimes silly world of high fantasy feel dangerous and grounded, and the great art from Brian Ching has a very strong and positive effect on the tone of the book. This new series is off to a very promising star, thank Crom. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 24, 2014

    Long-term readers should have little trouble transitioning into the new series, while newcomers will find this an easy gateway into Conan's world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Apr 25, 2014

    Conan the Avenger #1 is another strong debut from a company that knows the genre. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Apr 23, 2014

    Conan The Avenger #1 won't really shock any one who has ever heard ofConan before, and that's pretty much everyone. I think we know what toexpect from him now, and if that interests you at all, here's a greatchance to get on board. This title delivers the apathy, the wit, andthe sword play I've come to love. I can't wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Apr 23, 2014

    Fellow long-time fans of Conan, you may rest easy. In this first installment of Conan the Avenger, the protagonist really feels true to the character that weve grown to love over so many years. The story perfectly transitions from the previous series, while still really pushing the latest plot forward in a brisk and exciting way. Cheers to this latest creative team for continuing to do justice to this character and his incredible world. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 23, 2014

    I should note that Ching's art is extra intriguing because it's a fairly unprecedented look to the Conan franchise. The story unfortunately doesn't get going very quickly, but what we do see of Conan is worth a look. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ashley Simpson and Ryan Ford Apr 29, 2014

    All in all, a blessed read and holy, holy art. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Apr 21, 2014

    On the whole Conan The Avenger is not a great comic, it's not even a very good comic. No this is more of an okay comic, there's some promise here and there, the artwork is serviceable (though I don't much like this slimmer leaner Conan design), and it thankfully fills new readers in on anything they need to know but I can't help but feeling it could've been better. But it is what it is, just a shame what it is isn't that great, if you want to check it out there's nothing awful but I wouldn't if I were you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Apr 23, 2014

    I don't think I'm the target audience for this issue. It was extremely capably drawn, and the dialogue was dense, but not wooden. These are capable artists who seem to know this world, I just couldn't seem to crack it myself. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Apr 25, 2014

    We step out of this story just as the action reaches its zenith which disappoints but is understandable given that this is a multi-part tale, clearly advertised as such on the cover. While "the Avenger" in the title of this tale does not bring the book into the Marvel Universe, the adjective in the title refers to avenging the family of a stillborn demon, or possibly Conan's own grief. It implies that readers are taking a more active turn in the tales that Van Lente will be telling, making our protagonist someone who is working for other people's needs beside his own. I'm interested to see where that road will lead. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Joe Morrison Apr 22, 2014

    A confident take on everyones favourite Crom worshipper, Conan the Avenger #1 sets things up nicely for its next issue. Now that all the heavy lifting has been done in terms of exposition, heres hoping that next time Conan will show a bit more steel. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 23, 2014

    In the end, there is little to recommend this new series to all but the most devout of Conan fans. Van Lente's script might be tolerable despite its plot-holes were it backed by decent artwork. The one bright side is that Dark Horse has apparently elected to continue their policy of rotating the artist on this series so we may have a worthy artist in two months time. Read Full Review

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