Conan the Barbarian #2


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Conan the Barbarian #2


  • Words: Brian Wood
  • Art: Becky Cloonan
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Story Title: Queen of the Black Coast: Part Two
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2012

Conan defends his ship from the Pirate Queen, Bêlit.

Battle alarms rang out across Conan’s ship as Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan’s first issue of their new series came to an adrenaline-pumping end.  As issue #2 opens, Conan continues to face down the pirate Bêlit, the Queen of the Black Coast, culminating in a tragic struggle across two ships and within the bloody depths of the ocean.

Conan’s characterization at the hands of Wood is fantastic, who adds a reserved cockiness to the Cimmerian while preserving his heroic leadership.  Though the majority of this issue consists of a lengthened battle scene, the narration gives an interesting look into Conan’s history and mindset, while the exciting art gives countless angles to view the battle.  Wood’s sea-faring battle story is simple and straightforward, yet when combined with Cloonan’s great artwork, Conan’s struggle against the Queen of the Black Coast sails into epic territory. 

The art team of Cloonan and Dave Stewart adds countless layers of depth to Conan.  Cloonan’s pencil work is some of the greatest of her career, with clean lines that not only look gorgeous, but masterfully tell Wood’s story.  When Stewart’s dark and muted palette colors the battle scene, moreover, it intensifies the intensity of Bêlit’s oncoming storm.  The dark browns and blues stand in stark contrast to a bright and vibrant blood red that pops against the dreary settings whenever Conan hacks and slashes his way across the page.

Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan’s take on Conan is a breath of fresh air, as their adaptation of Queen of the Black Coast continues to sail along at a rapid pace.  Conan the Barbarian is overflowing with great characterization and artwork, and will surely satisfy Conan’s greatest fans.

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