Published: August 14th, 2019
Written by: Esad Ribic
Art by: Esad Ribic
Based on: Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard
Marvel Comics, 26 Pages
Esad Ribic is a comic book cover artist that has done his fair share of interior work. He has an art style that is reminiscent of fantasy novel covers. It’s a good, solid, classical style.
However, as far as I know, he’s never written anything. This whole one-shot is all him though.
But I guess it works in that this is mostly a silent comic without dialogue. Well, there is some dialogue but it is brief and in a foreign language that isn’t translated.
This is essentially, a series of cool action sequences but not much else.
Ribic’s art is mostly good but there are some panels that feel sub par compared to his best work. Maybe he was rushed due to deadlines, I’m not sure. But taking a guy that is mostly a solid cover artist and having him do 26 pages with multiple panels means that he can’t give everything the attention it needs. Especially when working for Marvel with strict deadlines and short production times.
This isn’t good, it isn’t bad, it just sort of exists. I guess it is a fine book to buy for a Conan the Barbarian completist but you’re not really missing out if you give it a pass.
Most of the art is good and where it isn’t, it’s mostly competent. There was only one panel that was a bit wonky and weird but in 2019, one off panel is lightyears ahead of the current standard.
Pairs well with: Marvel’s current Conan the Barbarian comics.