In Review: Conan: Serpent War (2019-) #2 (of 4)

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

Synopsis: 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: Having set pretty much everything up in issue one. This second issue pairs Conan with Dark Agnes and Solomon Kane with Moon Knight as the two pairings take care of business in their own respective timelines.

The Story

This issue starts in the Hyborian Age. We get introduced to a Priestess of Set as she is going about her daily business. She goes to her altar to give praise and adoration to the God Set who orders her to protect a relic, which is imbued with his power at all costs. Including the cost of her life and those that follow her teachings.

Elsewhere in Hyboria Conan has just met up with Dark Agnes who has been transported there from her own time. While the two are getting to know each other their conversation is interrupted by a mask, which has come to life. It is the voice of James Allison who is speaking to them across time. He tells them that they must travel across the desert in order to find a relic, which could be used in their fight against Set. The two warriors somewhat grudgingly agree to take on the task.

In 16th Century England Solomon Kane has just gotten acquainted with Moon Knight having fended off some zombies in battle. James Allison reaches out to them through a decapitated head and tells them they must travel by boat to Europe and find an artifact.

The Artwork

The team of Stephen Segovia and Venesa R. Del Rey pull off some stupendous artwork in this issue. My favorite set of panels sees Conan butcher a giant snake, which attacks him and Agness while they are traveling across desert. This is the type of imagery that you’d associate with some of the books covers from the Robert E. Howard Conan books, which I remember reading in my teens.

I also loved the set of panels at the start of the book where we actually see SET being worshiped by his high priestess. Again it is classic fantasy art imagery of a kind that we do not see all too often now.

Overall

Jim Zub’s story is ticking along nicely here. I am loving the banter and the relationships he has set up between the four lead characters. Dark Agnes and Conan’s relationship is somewhat tension fills as you’d expect given the big man’s past relations with Warrior Women. But you definitely get the sense that she’d be more than a match for him. Solomon Kane’s relationship with Moon Knight is a little more pragmatic and fun to read.

The issue closes out with a great twist of the tale, which will most likely keep readers guessing until January 2020 when issue three hits comic racks.

9.6
Conan: Serpent War (2019-) #2 (of 4)
  • Covers
    9.5
  • Story
    9.5
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.8

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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