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Conan the Barbarian Vol. 2: The Life and Death of Conan Book Two Paperback – Illustrated, March 31, 2020
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- Grade Level : 10 and up
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Paperback : 136 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1302915037
- ISBN-13 : 978-1302915032
- Product Dimensions : 7.6 x 0.4 x 10.15 inches
- Publisher : Marvel; Illustrated Edition (March 31, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 15 and up
- Best Sellers Rank: #253,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think the older 70's Marvel and Dark Horse reprints are selling more than this drivel.
As I said, I loved issue #7. But, with #8, we're back to the scribblings of a writer who obviously doesn't know Conan. Why does Marvel keep trying to make Thoth Amon to be Conan's arch-nemesis? Thoth showed up in two of Howard's tales. And, old Thoth really wasn't that impressive in The Phoenix on the Sword. All of his power is tied up in the ring. Thoth seems to have none of his own.
What's Conan's only other brush with Thoth in the Howard tales? The God in the Bowl. I doubt that Thoth even knows of Conan in that tale.
Yet, here we are, in issue #8, with all of the Black Ring and the fierce Thoth Amon going to Conan's home village and turning them into zombies out to kill Conan.
If the story were set somewhere else, and Thoth had a better reason unrelated to Conan for doing what he did to the village, then it would be a serviceable story. But as is, it makes me want to roll my eyes. It is my impression that Cimmerians shun sorcerery. They're superstitious of it. Yet, in this story, there's a Bear Shaman (hmm...right out of the Age of Conan MMO) who acts like a D&D character and speculates how to break the spell. Even Conan's grandmother takes the spell that was put on her in stride.
And, Santa Conan brought gifts on the hard journey through Cimmeria, one for every clansman? Gimmie a break! Conan's gifts are from all over the known world--which means he would have been collecting the stuff his entire life, keeping it safe, taking it with him wherever he goes. Crom, this is crap.
Cut To: Thoth Amon saying, "Gaagh. Again that Cimmerian defies me." Might as well say, "Drat! Foiled again!"
At least Conan doesn't know who Thoth Amon is in the story.
The only thing I liked about this issue was the art. Thoth Amon looked cool, too. But, that ain't enough.
Thank Crom a new creative team takes over in a few issues. It's got to be better than this stuff.
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Aaron claims to be a Conan fan, well it seems he never studied what makes Conan such a great character. Aaron fails to capture the essence of Conan; and more so Howard's prose. The writing is base at best, at times it feels as if it is his draft notes that found their way into the final edit.
The art is poor as well and offers very little to contribute to the story telling. The Covers of each issue would be the one positive. Then instead of getting full page versions of the variants we are instead treated to 4 variants like small tiles on a singular page...thanks...
If you are a long time fan of Conan, then these may not be for you, because there is very little in what you love about Conan to be found in this...
If you have never read Conan and wanted to start reading the comics. Grab the Omnibuses of the Original Marvel years and Savage Sword (The Original Marvel years will be getting an Epic Collection release this year too if Omni's are not your thing). And/ or grab Marvel's Epic Collections on Dark Horse's amazing Conan run that to date 4 Volumes have been released.