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The many loves of Conan! Beyond his lusts for ale, battle and gold, there have been many women who have captured the Barbarian's heart over the years. But nothing is sacred when the Crimson Witch strikes - and twists what is truly best in life! Then, Conan returns home to Cimmeria! But things aren't exactly as he remembers them... Is he that out of touch - or is he falling The many loves of Conan! Beyond his lusts for ale, battle and gold, there have been many women who have captured the Barbarian's heart over the years. But nothing is sacred when the Crimson Witch strikes - and twists what is truly best in life! Then, Conan returns home to Cimmeria! But things aren't exactly as he remembers them... Is he that out of touch - or is he falling right into the trap of the wizard Thoth-Amon?! "The Life and Death of Conan" continues! COLLECTING: CONAN THE BARBARIAN 7-12


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The many loves of Conan! Beyond his lusts for ale, battle and gold, there have been many women who have captured the Barbarian's heart over the years. But nothing is sacred when the Crimson Witch strikes - and twists what is truly best in life! Then, Conan returns home to Cimmeria! But things aren't exactly as he remembers them... Is he that out of touch - or is he falling The many loves of Conan! Beyond his lusts for ale, battle and gold, there have been many women who have captured the Barbarian's heart over the years. But nothing is sacred when the Crimson Witch strikes - and twists what is truly best in life! Then, Conan returns home to Cimmeria! But things aren't exactly as he remembers them... Is he that out of touch - or is he falling right into the trap of the wizard Thoth-Amon?! "The Life and Death of Conan" continues! COLLECTING: CONAN THE BARBARIAN 7-12

30 review for Conan the Barbarian, Vol. 2: The Life and Death of Conan, Book Two

  1. 4 out of 5

    Guilherme Smee

    É engraçado que essa nova fase de Conan na Marvel foi introduzida pelos recônditos da Casa das ideias através do poder da Feiticeira Escarlate, logo a primeira inimiga que ele enfrenta se chama Bruxa Escarlate. Ela o sequestra, tem um par de filhos gêmeos com ele e quer sacrificá-lo para que ele abra um portal para a chegada do deus maligno Azazel. Conan morre pelas mãos portando facas dos filhos gêmeos e, num mundo idílico, ele é confrontado por sua família e logo em seguida se depara com o tod É engraçado que essa nova fase de Conan na Marvel foi introduzida pelos recônditos da Casa das ideias através do poder da Feiticeira Escarlate, logo a primeira inimiga que ele enfrenta se chama Bruxa Escarlate. Ela o sequestra, tem um par de filhos gêmeos com ele e quer sacrificá-lo para que ele abra um portal para a chegada do deus maligno Azazel. Conan morre pelas mãos portando facas dos filhos gêmeos e, num mundo idílico, ele é confrontado por sua família e logo em seguida se depara com o todo-poderoso Crom, o deus para o qual nunca dirigiu uma oração, mas sempre esteve levando o seu nome para todas as paragens que já percorreu. Assim, Crom resolve restaurar sua vida mas amaldiçoar o resto dela com sofrimento e uma velhice inglória. Neste volume, os desenhos de Mahmud Asrar parecem menos caprichados, menos detalhados. As cores também não são tão interessantes, mas o roteiros de Aaron deu uma melhorada. Completam as edições desta "fornada de histórias" a linda sequência Conan: Êxodo, toda pintada pelo artista Esaad Ribic, numa história de sobrevivência toda ela sem nenhum diálogo inteligível.

  2. 4 out of 5

    RG

    I dont like the single short story mode. Just seems a little up and down

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Conan the Barbarian is one of the most iconic names in pop culture and even if you haven't read any of Robert E. Howard's original stories or watch any of the two films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the character has been around for so long through multiple media that he has left an impact. Having ceasing the Conan comics that ran for thirty years, Marvel reacquired the rights in 2018 and started new runs of both Conan the Barbarian and Savage Sword of Conan, the former of which was written to Conan the Barbarian is one of the most iconic names in pop culture and even if you haven't read any of Robert E. Howard's original stories or watch any of the two films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the character has been around for so long through multiple media that he has left an impact. Having ceasing the Conan comics that ran for thirty years, Marvel reacquired the rights in 2018 and started new runs of both Conan the Barbarian and Savage Sword of Conan, the former of which was written to great effect by Jason Aaron. Following this first volume that began "The Life and Death and Conan", the remaining six issues here conclude the storyline as we still see the Cimmerian adventuring the world beyond his homeland, whilst slowly building up to his apparent death as the king of Aquilonia, in the hands of the two children of the Crimson Witch. Although there is a loose connection with every issue in relation to the upcoming "Death", each issue functions as its own narrative, showing a different side to the eponymous barbarian. The first issue shows Conan is escorting a few sex workers on an adventure no one could expect. It's fair to say that women haven't always been treated in fantasy, especially during the pulp years where women are overly sexualised with minimum clothing and often depicted as floosies. There is definitely an element of this in the Hyborian Age as the sex workers in this issue look provocative, Conan never takes advantage of them sexually. Although the women are able to take their stand, especially when we reach the climax of the issue, Conan's alliance with them informs his history with love, briefly mentioning the pirate queen Bêlit, whom Conan had a romantic relationship with. Jason Aaron is clearly having some of the most fun in his career with this series as he may be writing these fantasy adventures involving giant monsters and cleaving, he also knows how to write Conan remains as a compelling character, not because he's some musclebound lunkhead, it's that he is smart and knows how to wield a sword and has fought his way through bloody battle after bloody battle. When asked why he left Cimmeria, it's because there is a world to behold, beyond his imaging. For every violent action he commits, Conan will face the consequences in years time as the two children of of the Crimson Witch stalk him throughout his many adventures whilst maintaining their youthful innocent exterior. There may be villains, but Aaron provides a playfulness in their villainy as they do squabble like everyday siblings, but there is a love they have with each other as they commit to their revenge on the barbarian that slain their mother and awaken the Red Doom known as Razazel. As the primary artist of the series, Mahmud Asrar is so good at illustrating atmosphere, detail, and storytelling. There is obviously more to Conan and his world than just monsters and gory battles, but Asrar sure draws them to exquisite effect as depicted in issue #9, in which Conan tries to escape an endless cave and fights the likes of gigantic spiders, man-apes, human-faced serpents, godlike aliens. Compared to Asrar's more polished art, Gerardo Zaffino is rougher, but fits appropriately with #8, where Conan returns to his home to see his grandmother, only to find that the village has been possessed by dark magic. With large panels and an emphasis on shadows that is contrasted with a darker colour palette (thanks to colourist Matt Wilson), I wished Zaffino was given more issues to draw the Hyborian Age. Although Jason Aaron is reuniting with the art team of Mahmud Asrar and Matt Wilson for King Conan later this year, "The Life and Death and Conan" marks a glorious return for the Cimmerian at the hands of Marvel, which may abuse the privilege of Robert E. Howard's creations, this series is a great example of how to approach the source material in comic book form.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    I wrote in my review of the first volume of this new Conan series that the storytelling seemed artificially inflated and that kind of affected my overall enjoyment of Conan's homecoming to Marvel Comics. Not that the stories weren't good but the overall plot could've probably been done in one 6 issue arc. Then came Volume 2 and I was rather surprised to discover that I really got into the individual stories being told in each chapter of the concluding volume of Jason Aaron's storyline. The art is I wrote in my review of the first volume of this new Conan series that the storytelling seemed artificially inflated and that kind of affected my overall enjoyment of Conan's homecoming to Marvel Comics. Not that the stories weren't good but the overall plot could've probably been done in one 6 issue arc. Then came Volume 2 and I was rather surprised to discover that I really got into the individual stories being told in each chapter of the concluding volume of Jason Aaron's storyline. The art is superb, that's a given. But the stories were just engrossing. Conan battles many a demon, monster and even gods as he is targeted for a long sought revenge by a foe from his long-forgotten past. It was Conan's battle against a certain god that really stoked my imagination and as this volume brought the 12 part storyline to a finish, I would say that my reservations about its length were put to rest because The Life and Death of Conan ends up being a fascinating exploration of Conan's exploits from a young stripling striking out on his own to becoming the king of Aquilonia.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zare

    Volume #2 concludes the story arc of Conan's life and death. We finally see the origins of the Crimson Witch and how she gave birth to her insidious twins. We also follow Conan on his adventures and witness how Crimson Witch and her cohorts were never too far away from him waiting for the right moment to use Conan to raise the monster from the deep. I truly enjoyed the story and especially liked the portrayal of proud, stubborn Conan having his version of encounter-on-the-top-of-the-world. He is Volume #2 concludes the story arc of Conan's life and death. We finally see the origins of the Crimson Witch and how she gave birth to her insidious twins. We also follow Conan on his adventures and witness how Crimson Witch and her cohorts were never too far away from him waiting for the right moment to use Conan to raise the monster from the deep. I truly enjoyed the story and especially liked the portrayal of proud, stubborn Conan having his version of encounter-on-the-top-of-the-world. He is truly only one who could find his way back from anywhere through sheer will alone. Art is great. Covers are again done by Esad Ribic and each story is drawn by a different artists. Styles are definitely different but complementary - for example first story (Conan leading the group of for all and purposes Amazons) is done in a style similar to Ribic's but then there is exquisitely drawn story of Conan's return to Cimmeria. Pure joy for the eyes. Recommended to all fans of heroic fantasy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Seth Tomko

    Another pretty good collection that usually keep to the spirit of adventure from Conan stories. I'm still not a fan of the framing device, and it's really hard for even my to buy into the idea that two kids have followed along on the margins of all Conan's adventures, waiting for the right moment to strike. While those aspects are hard to swallow, I don't think they're fatal flaws. With any luck, Marvel will maintain a reasonable level of quality adventures in the Hyborian Age.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Omargg7785

    Mejor este segundo volumen que el primero. Continúa con la narrativa en forma de relatos cortos (contenidos en cada número) con la historia de la muerte de Conan como hilo conector. Esto lo convierte en una montaña rusa, con algunas de esas historias buenas y otras malas, al igual que en el primer tomo. Eso sí, aquí aparecen más dioses y demonios ciclópeos, aquellos típicos de Howard, Lovecraft y sus contemporáneos y sucesores, que es una delicia ver dibujados por Mahmud Asrar.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Read as single issues. Not quite as good as the first half of this run, but Aaron and Asrar continue to deliver a rollicking tale of the Hyborian Age. If you enjoy sword and sorcery adventures, this is a good one to catch!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Johnny Bahama

    Pain breeds gainz brah

  10. 4 out of 5

    Matteo

    Niente da dire ad Aaron, chiude alla grande con la seconda parte della sua run. Adesso aspetto con ansia King Conan.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Lewis

    A spiritual successor to JA's Thor series. Vol 1 and Vol 2 tell a complete and filling story together. Can't wait for more CTB!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    Conan over here going on adventures like whoa! Those are some real adventures you’re going on there Conan!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    Salvo el numero 11, no hay mayor sobresaltos en la historia. Lectura agradable, pero nada excepcional.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  15. 5 out of 5

    Declan Nugent

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kaiulani

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joe Stanhope

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steve Schafer

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul Milligan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Laferney

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Bland

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Kukulka

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kal

  28. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

  29. 4 out of 5

    David Monroe

  30. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

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