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Conan and the Midnight God #2


By Geoff Hoppe
March 3, 2007 - 16:27


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His son stillborn, the Lion of Aquilonia marches for the river Styx, border of the Stygian empire. An altercation with a Shemite envoy brings new suspicions of what dangers lurk in the unhallowed land of Thoth-Amon

 

Joshua Dysart continues to give the reader an interesting interpretation of Conan, despite this issue serving mostly to move the story along. Dysart concerns himself admirably with the politics of the Hyborian age, and lends his story a universal angle that would have pleased Howard. He also finds a way to include a passel of Stygian demons.

 

Will Conrad’s pencils maintain the high level of quality established in Midnight God #1. There’s a particularly impressive scene in this issue where a group of Aquilonian soldiers does battle on the river Styx. Conrad’s depiction of Conan aptly suits the seasoned, self-doubting warrior, but it’s his character design for Pallantides that truly stands out. Conan’s advisor, and leader of the Black Dragons, Pallantides’ close cropped, fair hair, and smooth face are a superb, Classical yin to Conan of Cimmeria’s dark haired, Celtic mug.  

 

The sepia tones used in the flashback sequences are effective, if not a little trite. The rest of the coloring is excellent; Juan Ferreyra excels at making subtle, understated tones convey meaning with the one-two punch of a post-impressionist.


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