In Review: Conan: Serpent War (2019-) #1 (of 4): Director’s Cut

This is the ultimate mashup of warrior heroes

Synopsis: THE WRATH OF THE SERPENT GOD! 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!

Review: Conan becomes the main draw of an absolutely stunning mashup of heroes from the ages.

The Story

James Allison is a man that has lived many lives across the centuries. It is now 1936 and James is dying. A Shadow of the man and heroes he has been through the ages. Something feels different to him this time. As this death may be his last. Disturbed from his thoughts Jame’s starts to see his past lives and is taken to the moment of his first death by a Serpent god known as Set. While guided by another God called WYRM. James travels back through the ages in order to recruit warriors from ages past to prevent the God Set from plunging the world into an eternity of darkness. Among these heroes is Conan The Barbarian, Solomon Kane, Dark Agnes and a man known as Moon Knight. James reaches out to these warriors of eons past in the hopes that they will help him save the future.

The Artwork

Scot Eaton does some phenomenal art for this first issue, which is a whistle-stop tour of many different timelines.  The issue begins in 1936 and as far as I could see the setting of the old run-down house and the cars parked outside of it were very much in keeping with the styles and trends of that time. The pencil and ink work in this book is great. It is also brilliant to see all of the pages in isolation in the latter part of the book where you are shown the pencil drawings and the gradual transformation as the inks and then the colors are added. Of course, these images of the pages without the text are only in the director’s cut of the comic, but it’s worth getting if you can stretch the purse strings a little bit. I have both standard and this edition.

Overall

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. I love the fact that Marvel have brought Conan together with Solomon Kane, who is also a creation of the Late Robert E. Howard. My only familiarity with Solomon Kane was from the movie they did a couple of years back. Of course, like many back in the 80s and 90s, I had read reissues of Howards Conan stories and loved every one of them.

I also like the fact that we have such a powerful group of heroes and anti-heroes that we’ll likely see a bit of a power struggle happen before they actually get down to the business of putting an end to Sets plans.

Overall. This is a really promising start.

9.5
Conan: Serpent War (2019-) #1 (of 4): Director’s Cut
  • Covers
    9.3
  • Story
    9.5
  • Artwork
    9.6
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.7

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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