PREVIEW: Conan the Barbarian #1 by Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan

That salt air! In the opening adventure of Dark Horse’s new Conan the Barbarian ongoing, the legendary Cimmerian reaver takes to the high seas. But this is no pleasure cruise. Not nearly. Not for Conan or his reluctant shipmates anyway. For us, it could be the start of something quite special indeed.

Get ready for the eagerly anticipated adaptation of “The Queen of the Black Coast.”

We’re pretty stoked about this one, not just because it offers a new entry point for hack-n-slash enthusiasts looking to ride with the quintessential barbarian. This is also a Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan joint. That means landmark comic storytelling. And for those preparing for the untimely passing of Wood’s Northlanders series, this is either that harpy waiting in the wings to take its place or a shoulder to cry on, sure to turn into something more. Conan is looking pretty sly, and this is only the beginning.

Now. How’s about a fairly glorious 8 page preview showcasing some perfectly purple prose, a high speed horse chase, boat drama and prison vomit?

Look for Conan the Barbarian #1 in February.


  1. Maybe my most anticipated comic of the next few months.. cant wait.

  2. That may be one of the best Page 1’s ever written. Turns you on your head in panel 3, then hits you with the core of the character in panel 5. I kinda don’t want to read the rest of the preview now. I was already looking forward to this. Now I’m completely sold. Oh, yeah… and Cloonan is, as always, the shit.

  3. The Conan series Dark Horse has been putting out has been very good for a long time. In particular, the recent Conan the Cimmarian series was fantastic. While bringing in “top flight” talent is never a bad thing, I am a little disappointed by the general reaction that the Conan series is suddenly getting some “credibility” because of the names coming to the title.

  4. glad I still have my Buscema Conan issues. the above art style does not fit at all.

  5. Definitely looking forward to this, personally I think Cloonan’s art looks fantastic. I will admit I’ve only flipped through some of the Conan trades, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to as far as fitting or not.

  6. Cloonan is definitely going for a ‘Steve Dillon’ approach on some of these pages. That look Conan gives on the double page spread is practically lifted from several ‘characters evilly grin to the viewers’ moment Dillon is famous for.