Conan the Barbarian #1
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Conan the Barbarian #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 2, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 35
8.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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From an age undreamed...hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet...
Robert E. Howard's creation returns to comics, in an epic tale as only MARVEL could bring you!  Conan's travels have brought him to the far reaches of the unkown, from his birthplace in Cimmeria to the kingdom of Aquilonia and all in between. As his fighting prowess allows him to carve his way through life, so too does it more

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Danielle Lemos Jan 7, 2019

    Conan the Barbarian #1 was a spectacular issue and one I will very likely read and reread throughout the year. As single issues go, this feels an easy contender for either a Top 10 or Top 20 of the year. In terms of comic series, the same applies. When the run on this comic concludes, the creators will have made something magnificent to behold and one of the greatest comics of the 2010s-2020s. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 2, 2019

    Mahmud Asrar's art is stunning in this issue. There is an astounding level of detail to this book and the violence is both savage and beautiful. I was blown away with how good this book looks as well as how fun it was to read. Can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 4, 2019

    Aaron uses a time-shifting story device he's been using in Thor's comic - and it's effective here, but I hope he doesn't go to the well too many times (so to speak). Still, it's a great start to the new series (and it's an original story, not an adaptation) - I'm looking forward to the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 31, 2018

    Conan is back home and better than ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jan 3, 2019

    Really solid start for Conan at Marvel. A great jumping on point for readers new and old! Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Jim Werner Jan 2, 2019

    This book will put hairs on your chest and have you speaking several octaves lower than you did before. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Jan 9, 2019

    Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar have put together a spectacular comic that should excite old fans and new readers alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Stephen Gustafson Jan 10, 2019

    Conan the Barbarian #1 isn't just a bunch of sword swinging and yelling. The story is well thought out and will surprise you with its wit and smarts. If you're looking for something new to read, Conan might be the answer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jan 7, 2019

    A scintillating start to what looks set to be a triumphant return to Marvel by the worlds most famous barbarian. By Crom, you truly owe it to yourself to pick this one up! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Jan 3, 2019

    Aaron, Asrar, Wilson and the team present a fresh, time-spanning tale on "Conan The Barbarian" #1, proving the character is still in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 3, 2019

    I don't really know what a Conan the Barbarian story is supposed to feel like, but Conan the Barbarian #1 feels like one to me. It has all the ingredients of a fantastic fantasy tale and was just a ton of fun to read. Aaron delivers a winding fantasy tale that I am very excited to see where it takes Conan, and the art team is fantastic as well. I can't imagine, if you are a fan of Conan, not liking this; and if you are new to the “Cimmerian Barbarian” then this is a perfect place to jump on! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 2, 2019

    Conan the Barbarian #1 swerves as a mighty debut for the character as he returns to Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Jon Carroll Jan 7, 2019

    Conan the Barbarian is one of the best fantasy comic debuts in years. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Jan 8, 2019

    With this first issue, or if you go with the Legacy numbering (which I love), #276, Conan's feet have been firmly placed on the battlefield of Marvel, and I say it is about time. CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 may herald the beginning of one of the most interesting series of stories for the character in years, and I for one will heed its call. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Thomas Hulett Jan 3, 2019

    A great jumping on point for new fans and old fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Sequential Planet - Vasil Duka Jan 4, 2019

    Conan the Barbarian finally returns to Marvel Comics since his first incarnation. Does his homecoming hold up? Ultimately, yes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 3, 2019

    While this series probably won't win over readers who aren't already fans of sword-and-sorcery comics, Conan fans will find this book fit for a King of Aquilonia! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Jan 2, 2019

    Conan returns to Marvel with a savage splash of blood and a straightforward tale of sword versus sorcery. This introduction demonstrates ample and admirable skill. If Conan is going to become relevant and challenging, though, this story needs a little more complexity in future installments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Christopher Holden Jan 2, 2019

    Conan the Barbarian #1 is a fun, nostalgic return to a familiar fantasy realm, which will please long-term fans of the Cimmerian. Nothing challenging or innovative is added to Conans lore, however, so whether seeds of series sustainability have been planted, remains to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jamie Lovett Jan 2, 2019

    Marvel Comics has assembled the perfect creative team for a new era of Conan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - AJ Frost Jan 2, 2019

    I really enjoyed the issue and thought this was a solid re-introduction to the world of Conan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 2, 2019

    Marvel’s new Conan the Barbarian is the best of both worlds. Not only is it a solidly entertaining introduction of the Cimmerian to a whole new audience of readers, but a reverent adaptation that acknowledges the wealth of material that came before it. Jason Aaron, Mahmud Asrar, and Matthew Wilson keep their eye on the past, but their swords pointed forward in this bloody fun debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 31, 2018

    Conan the Barbarian #1 is a fantastic start to the new year and hopefully a hint as to the overflowing entertaining comics we'll be spoiled with in 2019. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manuel Gomez Jan 1, 2019

    Heil to the King! If you are a fan of Conan or just a casual sword and sorcery fan, either way,you will find this a good read. Grab this book;"and if you do not listen, the HELL with you". Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GTMedia Reviews Jan 3, 2019

     I read so many comics that it often surprises people when I tell them I have never checked out Jason Aaron's run on Thor. There were a lot of complaints about Jane Foster becoming Thor and Odinson being revealed as Unworthy. I didn't really care about the controversy and chalk it up more so as me just not following Marvel all that closely the past few years.

    I know Jason Aaron primarily from his run on Southern Bastards. Bastards is one of the most violent and poignant series that I've read in recent memory and is one of the reading experiences I swear by when I make suggestions to new readers. 

    When I heard Jason was taking the reigns on Conan The Barbarian I was excited because Jason seemed like the perfect candi more

  • 7.0
    Deadlybeavis Jan 4, 2019

    It was good, but I expected more from Jason Aaron...

  • 7.0
    YourGreenMuse Jan 9, 2019

    This was an alright issue... There was a ton of exposition that's trying to establish Conan and this world, and to Jason Aaron's credit, I was never bored by this. I only have a very small amount of knowledge of Conan and I never felt lost. There was a YouTube video promoting the upcoming War of the Realms and in it, they say that Jason Aaron has always been able to make a comic "new reader friendly." And I didn't really believe that for whatever reason, I just thought it was Marvel trying to sell an event based on nearly seven years worth of stories. But this Conan issue really sold me on that idea. It's extremely new reader friendly while not feeling like it's being dumbed-down or anything like that. My problem with this issue is that not more

  • 5.0
    ohhaimark Jan 2, 2019


    -I liked the beginning of this issue. It was a cool use of classic Conan material.

    -I thought the opening battle was cool. Gory and well done.

    -I liked Asrar's art. It wasn't anything amazing but it did the job well enough.

    THE BAD:

    -I found the Crimson Witch to be a very boring and uninteresting villain, despite her horror elements.

    -I was pretty bored with this issue after the first few pages. It was pretty bland and exposition heavy in my opinion.

    -This issue in general was very meh. Nothing outstanding, nothing too terrible though. I am rather indifferent about it and have very few thoughts to give.

    + LikeComments (6)
  • 8.5
    Junkyard780 Jan 2, 2019

    Conan is back with the help of Jason Aaron who delivers with a great story and the art is beautiful

  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    This was fun and I feel pretty immersed in the world, I’m kinda lukewarm on the whole thing but not so much as to not enjoy it.

  • 10
    Spiderbat Jan 31, 2019

    Best new comic out right now. Great art and story. I'll keep buying the issues if they keep making stories like this.

  • 10
    EdNothIng Sep 22, 2019


  • 9.0
    CesarCastanha Jan 5, 2019

    And I should say Conan is really not my cup of tea

  • 9.0
    axdn Jan 20, 2019

    It was fun !

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Jan 22, 2019

    I don't care much about Conan either way, but I'm a Jason Aaron fan so I checked this out. So far, so good. The villain is cool.

  • 8.0
    DeadManSoul Aug 23, 2019

    Well, I wasn't ready for this :D

  • 7.0
    Simon DelMonte Jan 6, 2019

    The first part of the issue was of course intended to be a standard 1970s Conan story, and it was reasonably good but it felt just a bit like an imitation of the superb Roy Thomas era, and the causal sexism of that era and of Conan's world doesn't hold up well. But then we shift to old Conan, and the there is a new and welcome focus on a character I haven't seen nearly enough of. Very promisinsg, if still also with the potential to falter on all those outdated tropes.

  • 5.5
    Full Spread Jan 18, 2019

    BY CROM--this be a Thor ripoff--but without the charming world-building, humor, cast, or creativity!

  • 10
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  • 7.5
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  • 9.5
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  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
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