Conan: Serpent War #1, Marvel

Full of adventure and mystery, Conan: Serpent War #1 (Marvel Comics) delivers the astounding sword and horror action in an epic crossover event. The popular characters from Robert E.Howard’s legacy are brought together to take down an evil deity across history. 

James Ellison 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.

Here are 5 reasons why you should read Conan: Serpent War #1:

5) A Tribute To Robert E. Howard!

Robert E. Howard’s popular pulp characters are introduced to newcomers in the first installment. Conan The Barbarian, Solomon Kane, and Dark Agnes are brought together in this horror-driven crossover. They must join forces with Moon Knight to save the world from a frightening evil. 

4) The Writing!

Writer Jim Zub does a fantastic job introducing Conan, Solomon, and Agnes with their own short tales. Though each protagonist is separated by their time periods, Zub uses a nonlinear storytelling technique to connect them together. The lettering by VC’s Travis Lanham uses italics in captions and bolds certain words to differentiate each personality. 

3) The Art!

The pencils by Scott Eaton add the details of Conan’s muscles and Agnes’ rugged wardrobe. Conan is illustrated in an epic pose as he falls from the air, striking his sword down. When James Ellison pops up, artist Vanessa R. Del Rey and colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu capture the creeping horror of his nightmarish prophecy. 

2) The Colors!

Colorist Frank D’Armata heightens the dark tones to emphasize the horror aspects. The white tones of Moon Knight’s cape and costume pop out across the pages. Notice how the antagonists are the only ones painted in heavy green tones.

1) A Thrilling Read! 

Conan: Serpent War #1 mixes horror and action into a thrilling read. I love how the Marvel Universe and Robert E. Howard’s works are brought together for an epic crossover!

Conan: Serpent War #1 arrives in stores on December 4th, 2019. 

By Jorge Solis

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