Conan the Barbarian #3 comic review
By Dan Horn
April 17, 2012 - 09:26
With Conan the Barbarian
#3, the plot finally launches, as it were, into
open waters. Conan has succumbed to the allure of Belit, the Queen of
the Black Coast, an enigmatic goddess as vicious as she is beautiful.
The Cimmerian's abandonment of his former compatriots, the slaughtered
merchant mariners who had once rescued and accepted Conan, and his blood
oath to them evinces an interesting depth of character from our lead. Conan is neither so noble as to uphold his duty to avenge his
friends once he is confronted by Belit, nor so base as to not feel the
pang of guilt for that failure, reinforcing the conflicted youth of the
Belit takes Conan as her equal, her devout crew indebted to his service.
This elicits another interesting dynamic between Conan and second-mate
N'Gora, something of an Ishmael-Queequeg equality commentary, but contoured
subtly. As their new voyage begins, so too does Conan's ominous fate
begin to unravel.
This is a result that perhaps could have been acquired in less time: two
issues, or maybe even one. However, while Brian Wood, Becky Cloonan,
and Dave Stewart's graphical adaptation of Robert E. Howard's iconic
source material might never be described as "fast paced," it most
certainly is paced meticulously, where were any scenes omitted those
exclusions may threaten the integrity of the narrative construct as a
Wood's sonorous, prose-heavy scripts are tempered by Cloonan's tasteful,
thick-limned sequential explorations of abstract, sensual, scenic veduta, and
histrionic and by Stewart's cool, earthy and sunset palettes. Together,
the creators succeed in composing a book that exemplifies the medium as a
superlatively expressive conduit for literature and pop art.
Rating: 8.5 /10
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