Comic Book Review – Conan: Serpent War (Director’s Cut) #1

Cover to Conan: Serpent War #1, featuring Conan, Moon Knight, Solomon Kane, and Dark Agnes.
Cover to Conan: Serpent War #1. Comic book cover by Carlos Pacheco, Aneke, & Frank D’Armata

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Credits:

  • Jim Zub – Writer
  • Scot Eaton – Penciler
  • Scott Hanna – Inker
  • Frank D’Armata – Colorist
  • Vanesa R. Del Rey – Artist, James Allison Sequence
  • Jean Francois Beaulieu – Colorist, James Allison Sequence
  • V.C.’s Travis Lanham – Letterer
  • Carls Pacheco, Aneke & Frank D’Armata – Cover Artists
  • Neal Adams, Laura Martin, David Finch, Frank D’Armata, Inhyuk Lee, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jean Francois Beaulieu – Variant Cover Artists
  • Adam Del Re – Logo Design
  • Jay Bowen – Novella Design
  • Anthony Gambino – Production Design
  • Mark Basso – Editor
  • Martin Biro – Assistant Editor
  • Ralph Macchio – Consulting Editor
  • C.B. Cebulski – Editor in Chief
  • Joe Quesada – Chief Creative Officer
  • Dan Buckley – President
  • Brian Overton – Special Thanks
  • Fred Malmberg – Treasurer of Tranicos
  • Jay Zetterberg – Royal Librarian of Aquilonia
  • Steve Booth – Commander of the Black Dragons
  • Mike Jacobsen – The Frost Giant’s Son-In-Law
  • Howard Andrew Jones – Editor, Perilous Worlds
  • Pierce Watters – Publisher, Perilous Worlds
  • Conan created by Robert E. Howard

SPOILER-FREE ZONE

In this comic book we have Conan the Barbarian and Moon Knight. Yes that’s right: Conan and Moon Knight! Need I say more? Ok review’s over. Glad you enjoyed!

Just kidding!

OK so yeah we have a Conan book that features Moon Knight. But that’s not all! We also have two other Robert E. Howard creations joining us in Solomon Kane and Dark Agnes. There’s actually quite a lot going on in this comic book, to the point where we get some introductions in and that’s almost it.

If you’re into Conan or Moon Knight, you have to at least check this one out!

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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

The comic book begins with a man on his death-bed. His name is James Allison, but he is reminiscing about his own past lives. He remembers the various warriors the he was and what deeds they did when he was them. In one of his lives, he killed an avatar of the serpent god Set. It seems that Set has returned to exact revenge. Set speaks with James with a disembodied voice, and produces visions of other warriors. These warriors just so happen to be Moon Knight, Conan, Solomon Kane, Dark Agnes, and a hunter named Niord. Niord, like Conan, is from the Hyborian Age.

I then started to question if it was in fact Set talking to James Allison. It confused me, to tell the truth. When the voice began to speak, it would extend its S’s to “sssound like a sssnake”. But then the warriors it brought together were recruited to fight against Set. Konshu plays a part in recruiting Moon Knight, naturally. After they all get their introductions, they each find themselves fighting either Set’s disciples, or the avatar of Set himself.

This was a confusing comic book. I have found that this tends to happen with comic books that feature multiple cross-over characters. There are exceptions, like the Thunderbolts and Savage Avengers. Instead of leaving me eager to find out what happens with this team-up, it left me Googling the Robert E. Howard characters. I hope next comic book issue is more solid. The James Allison part of the story is intriguing.

The art is amazing for the most part. Though there is one drawing of Conan that I can’t help but find goofy. It’s at the very end so if you read this you might know exactly what I’m talking about. This Director’s Cut version of this comic book includes a crazy amount of artwork at the end. It shows various panels from sketch-to-ink-to-colorization. This emphasis on artwork makes purchasing this issue worth it, though there is a cheaper version that isn’t a Director’s Cut.

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