Conan: Serpent War #1

Writer: Jim Zub Artist: Scot Eaton Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 4, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 5
7.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

JAMES ALLISON will soon die. But it's not his first death. He's lived many lives, in many places - lives he can recall in vivid detail. But when an Elder God called the WYRM reaches across time to James, an ages-spanning quest begins! The serpent god SET plans to usher in an eternity of darkness, and only the chosen warriors across time and space have a hope of stopping him: CONAN THE BARBARIAN, SOLOMON KANE, DARK AGNES, and the man known as MOON KNIGHT!
In an unprecedented comics event, Robert E. Howard's characters join forces along with Marvel's Moon Knight more

  • 9.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 4, 2019

    Scot Eaton has some great visuals in this issue. Eaton makes the characters look amazing and there are some beautiful, dark moments throughout that play up the impending threat. I also live how the scenes transition between characters and especially how they are all visually brought together. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Dec 4, 2019

    Jim Zub has put out a solid opening issue here. My only gripe being is that with it being such a large cast of characters. We didn't really get to see too much of Conan until the end, but I think Zub will probably address that in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 3, 2019

    On paper, you wouldn’t think a book like Conan: Serpent War would work. It could either be a lazy team-up or, worse, a slapdash use of the characters. But thanks to Jim Zub’s clear reverence for the Robert E. Howard canon and research into Conan’s Marvel history, Conan: Serpent War stands as a respectfully entertaining pulp blockbuster, one graced with not one, but two game art teams providing solid cinematic pages. As Marvel’s first modern-era Robert E. Howard canon crossover “event”, Conan: Serpent War #1 sets the bar high. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 7, 2019

    Though the Howard purists may turn their noses up at it, this is a spirited team-up book that introduces new readers to Howard's heroes wonderfully. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jamie Lovett Dec 4, 2019

    Conan: Serpent War #1 is well-crafted but overstuffed as it struggles to get introductions out of the way so that it can move towards the conflict. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 3, 2019

    The issue is a good one in that it checks the marks off as an introduction to the adventure and characters. As an opening chapter, it's a good one but as a standalone comic, it's just ok. This may be an adventure to read in one sitting as part of a trade or all of the issues but the issue has me wanting to read what else is to come. It feels like a menagerie of heroes come together for a roleplaying game adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Dec 4, 2019

    Serpent War #1 is an atmospheric introduction to an all-star roster of Robert E. Howard heroes -- and Moon Knight. It sketches its characters in bold, pulpy strokes and delivers some passionate visuals, but the broad scope and slow pace mean that this issue doesn't develop its plot much beyond a basic premise statement. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Dec 5, 2019

    Although readers less familiar with the works of REH may not initially appreciate some of the nods to the literary roots from this fantasy RPG-tinged issue and find this over-sized issue a bit packed, the actions scenes are visually strong and engaging so as to keep all readers engaged. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Dec 3, 2019

    If you're searching for a Conan the Barbarian title, this isn't it " yet anyway. If you're excited to see Moon Knight or even a Moon Knight/ Conan the Barbarian team-up, so far this isn't the series for you. The issue focuses more on a new character named James Allison and confusingly hops from character to character abruptly without taking the time to plant a firm foundation within the narrative of the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 3, 2019

    I'm game for more in this miniseries, but I felt the opening was too dreamlike and vague to capture interest and adventure. Instead, it reads like a preview of what is to come with more being done to introduce characters via the narrator rather than showing the characters in action. The old adage of "show, don't tell" doesn't quite work due to limited time and heavy use of captions. Read Full Review

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