Conan: The Slayer #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Sergio Davila Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 13, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 9
8.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Alone, battle weary, and with nothing but his sword, Conan of Cimmeria faces his inevitable death in the arid wastes . . . but instead stumbles into a camp of Kozaki raiders. With a knife at his throat and a band of Turanian hunters at his back, will the half-dead barbarian find a new ally in the Kozaki chief?  

  • 9.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Kevin Given Jul 11, 2016

    The main antagonist prevents his son from killing Conan after he's been taken into captivity. He notices something odd about the barbarian and wants to question him. The warrior sees that Conan is a northerner and far removed from his own territory. He also questions Conan about his sword, it's to well made to be from a Cimmerian blacksmith. Other warriors arrive seeking Conan. They tell the leader that Conan led a group of bloodthirsty Zuagir raiders and offer money to this family of warriors to aid them in finding our favorite Cimmerian. Will Conan be kept captive? Will he be turned over to the strangers that are seeking him? Read on and find out. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 13, 2016

    This book deserves its title: Conan is a slayer, and Crom help you if you get in his way. A strong story with fierce imagery. Long may this Conan make his way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    FanboyNation - Josh Heffington Jul 13, 2016

    Conan The Slayer #1 lived up to his name. He is Conan, The Destroyer, The Barbarian, and now he is the also The Slayer. I lost count of how many bodies he killed in this single issue alone, but it was a good number. With an interesting last page of severed heads left on stakes in the desert, I'm ready for the next issue to find out more of this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Jeremy Justice Jun 20, 2016

    One issue in a run is not really predictive of its course but the foundation is here for a really good …maybe great return for Conan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jun 18, 2016

    As introductions go its a punchy, aggressive affair that tells you everything you need to know about the man himself. Conans encounter with the Kozaki plants the seeds for some interesting stories as the series progresses, and Bunn and Davilla combine to provide an emotive, visceral take on the iconic barbarian. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 20, 2016

    As a Conan fan who never read any Conan comics, I really enjoyed what Cullen Bunn is giving us here. The story is as brutal as you'd want and expect and Cullen Bunn is weaving a mystery through it all that has me intrigues. Of course, the mystery is along the lines of "Who did Conan Kill? Who didn't he kill? And who is he going to kill next?" You know what? That is just fine with me. Read Full Review

  • 8.5 - John McCubbin Jul 3, 2016

    Conan the Slayer #1 is a refreshing new direction for the Cimmerian, but one that fans will no doubt be familiar with. Being bold and bloody, the creative team more than grabbed my attention, and despite the tempo dropping dramatically later on in the issue, it should ultimately benefit the series in the long run. So make sure you pick this book up from your local comic book store come July 13th. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Project-Nerd - Lee Jun 25, 2016

    Overall this is a great book and the simplicity of the plot works in it's favor allowing the narration and the visuals to be the focus. My first foray into Conan comics was a definite success and it's thanks to the team working on this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Jul 11, 2016

    Conan The Slayer #1is ideal for those who have a passing interest in the Cimmerian; the comic opens with an effective display of how dangerous Conan is, before taking a more self-reflective and introspective tone (well, as far as Conan gets, anyway). The comic is well paced, and the story doesn't feel as though it's crammed into the pages given (or stretched out to make page count), rather it strikes a fine balance between the two. Now while the issue more than stands alone on it's own merits, it also succeeds in making me want to come back for more next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Mike Fugere Jr. Jun 16, 2016

    If you a fan of Conan or you just want a solid sword and sorcery yarn to tide you over this summer, Conan the Slayer #1 might just be a solid entry in your comic pull. It's fast, often funny, and thoroughly entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Jun 27, 2016

    I am quite curious to see where this epic tale leads… Will Conan commit himself to helping more people in need or will he simply seek a good death in battle. Will he finally get rest or any sort of peace… there are questions that have been raised that I want answered… a great tease and introduction to this run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Jul 12, 2016

    Only one issue in to this all-new series and its more than tempting to say that the return of the regular monthly Conan title may also be a return to form. Exciting times! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 14, 2016

    Conan the Slayer #1 delivers vintage Conan thrills with a script that is respectful to the tone of Robert E. Howard without being slavish along with some thrilling displays of blood letting from a game art team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - ozlongworthjr Jul 15, 2016

    If the point of this book is to attract new readers to an old franchise, Conan the Slayer is just good looking and right-to-the-point enough to do the job. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jul 14, 2016

    This is a really solid place to start reading the adventures of Conan Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jul 14, 2016

    Though the structure and narrative of the opening issue is familiar to any Conan fan, the execution is solid enough that Conan the Slayer #1 is an enjoyable read, with a fresh enough take on Conan to give the character a bit more depth and humanize him a touch more than he often has been. As a debut, it sets up enough intriguing ideas and concepts to bring you back for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Jul 13, 2016

    The family drama angle of the Dothraki-like riders that capture and later team up with Conan isn't super interesting, but Cullen Bunn and Sergio Davila give Conan himself an excellent emotional arc in Conan the Slayer #1 as he must overcome his guilt and learn to become a leader of men (and women) again after getting his raiding band slaughter with the help of Mykylo, who is basically Ron Perlman in the Hyborian Age. Toss in some nice hand to hand combat, and it's a pretty exciting comic for any fantasy fan. Conan has great abs too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jul 13, 2016

    Conan the Slayer #1 is a solid, if uninspired, first issue. The writing and art are both perfectly fine, but they also lack a certain spark, a sense of style, that's needed to elevate this to something more than a pleasant diversion. Of course, this is the first issue, and this creative team is just getting its legs, so I'm going to stick around for a while and see where it goes. Dr. Josh gives this a" Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 12, 2016

    Conan fans will scream with joy along with him as he chops his opponents into pieces and there's a version of Conan here that feels unique. There isn't quite enough here to know where this story is going, but your interest should be piqued. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 14, 2016

    The result is a solid Conan comic, but not a show-stopper by any means. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dylan Hicks Jul 21, 2016

    It is because of the art that I have to give this issue a 3 out of 5. Sergio and Michael did such a good job, they deserve the recognition. Same with the letterers Richard Starking and Comicraft. And while the story was bland, I also have to credit to Cullen for trying to bring out the beauty in an otherwise barbaric world. I wouldn't buy it myself, but if you really need some Conan… go for it I guess. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 15, 2016

    I'm planning on reading more of Conan: The Slayer. I liked it enough to be back for more. I just don't know if it's really going to break out from the rest of Dark Horse's Conan books. At least with Wood's run they brought in artists that wouldn't normally be on the series. Slayer has potential, but there's only a glimmer of it here. At the very least, its starting better than Avenger did. Read Full Review

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