Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Brian Ching
Color by: Michael Atiyeh
Dark Horse has brought everyone’s favorite Cimmerian back. Yes I’m talking about the one and only Conan!
In this debut Issue of Conan: The Avenger titled “Shadows Over Kush” Part One writer Fred Van Lente captivates you immediately and imbeds you into the story. When we first meet Conan in Shumballa he is in a the mist of a day long drunken stupor. Our hero is angry at the world and everything in it and he has every right to be as we will soon find out, all it took was an act of thievery and some idiotic tribesmen to snap him out of his warrior’s funk.
I like where this story is heading and it has everything you would want for this genre; witchcraft, fighting, theives, and gallons of blood, it’s all there. The coloring by Michael Atiyeh is a treat for the eyes and brings out the town of Shumballa and all of its creepy characters. Let me not forget the art done by Brian Ching. Through his emotive faces you can feel Conan’s pain and anguish. Ching knows how to bring a character to life and give them emotive power. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to get my grubby hands on the next installment . Like I said earlier I love how Fred started this series and have high hopes on seeing where it goes. Thank You Dark Horse for continuing the story of a great character brought to us by the great Robert E. Howard in 1932.