Conan and the People of the Black Circle #2 Review

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Another epic continues to be told, but can this creative team carry the weight of their own narrative?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dark Horse:

Conan is on the run with his captive, Queen Yasmina—but his desperate bid to seek refuge in the Himelian Mountains leads him into an ambush! Meanwhile, murderous magic is afoot as the wicked sorcerer Khemsa plots against the unsuspecting Cimmerian!

Conan-and-the-People-of-the-Black-Circle-2_CWhat we get here is the type of high adventure that fans of this genre have come to expect.  There are some notable shortcomings but for the most part this creative team does an absolutely splendid job of capturing the essence of what makes this a continually worthwhile property.  It’s in that spirit that my fellow fanboys and fangirls should sit back, find a quite spot and enjoy this engaging comic book.

Fred Van Lente pens the script, and the talented author delivers an excellent effort that balances both story development and decent character progression while remaining focused on its literary goals.  That’s not to say that there’s a whole lot of originality or depth to be found within the confines of these pages, as the arc revisits old ground by using repeated elements in order to allow this narrative to be an enticingly familiar affair.  Much to the detriment of the overall package, there is a heavy amount of narration that for the most part felt rather unnecessary from the first page to the final panel.

The text may not be all it can be, but the art by Ariel Olivetti takes what amounts to a solid journey and makes it into something memorable.  This lavishly realized visual component does wonders to make this whole odyssey work as not just a forgettable tangent but more so as a worthwhile extension of an already successful franchise.  There’s a careful attention to structure and detail that is simply captivating even to the most discerning eye.

Conan and the People of the Black Circle #2 is a release that carries solid text with immaculate style as it, by Crom, earns praise from me.  Recommended.



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