CONAN SERPENT WAR #4

“Chapter IV: Kingdom of the Wyrm”
Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Ig Guara

Conan and Moon Knight are now in ancient Egypt. Khonsu the Moon God and Set are fighting. Yet they stop for the Wyrm is a threat to both of them. Khonsu absorbs Set to strengthen his power than sends Conan and Moon Knight back to Stygia. There the high priestess of Set is now an ally and all four adventurers join the fight against the Wyrm. They with the power of Khonsu manage to defeat the Wyrm. The four than find themselves back in their own time and get on with their interrupted lives. Khonsu restores Set since Set is part of the balance of the universe. Back in Valusia Kull is visited by an emissary of the Wyrm and given a strange crown as a gift.

“The Get of Garm”
By C.L. Werner

Black Snuck has been unleashed on the village of Bungay. Only the old Danish sword can now defeat Old Shuck. The people have sought shelter in the church. This is where Kane battles Old Schuck as Uric and Oswyn battle each other. A lightning strike destroys the church and buries Old Shuck and the battling Uric and Oswyn.

So the final issue was a bit of a disappointment. It was a very anti-climatic ending. They get together but not a lot happens except the Wyrm is defeated. Sort of like the writer just couldn’t come up with an ending and decided to just give up and say the Wyrm is defeated in a big explosion. I was enjoying the story. It had a lot of potential just wasted on such an uninspiring ending.

The prose story ended in a similar way. The story so far was excellent. Then there is some kind of big get together. There is a fiery explosion and poof all the bad guys are defeated. Seems like sloppy writing to me. Oh well this series had great potential that was wasted.

CONAN SERPENT WAR #3

“Chapter III: The Faithful and the Fallen”
Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Luca Pizzari

Conan and Agnes ambush a wagon of snake-men. They find burial urns with the hearts of followers. They burn the wagon and this kills many followers. They then continue on their journey to Stygia attacking many places of Set worshippers. In the 1500’s Solomon Kane and Moon Knight also do this against the worshippers of Set. Finally Conan and Agnes reach a temple in Stygia. Solomon and Moon Knight a temple in Turin. They attack and cut through hordes of Set worshippers. Conan gets bitten by a snake from the high priestess. Moon Knight puts on a mystical bracelet. This transports both men to a battle with a giant snake.

“The Get of Garm”
By C.L. Werner

Solomon is rescued from the cellar by a young teenage boy named Uric. He leads Kane out of town and tells him that the sheriff is a warlock who controls Old Schuck. He does it for revenge against the village for burning his wife for a witch. Uric tells Kane he must go to the sheriff’s home and destroy an old Danish sword that controls Old Shuck. So Kane does that and then confronts the sheriff. He finds out Uric is his son and the sword he just destroyed was the only thing protecting the village from Old Schuck.

Well the story is moving along nicely. Both groups are working toward the same goal of destroying twin bracelets to weaken Set. We also find out that the Wyrm which is controlling James Allison is not a benevolent being. The Wyrm is working to gain control of the Earthly realm. So are heroes have been used and will most likely have to join forces to defeat both Set and the Wyrm.

The prose story continues to get better. So now Kane thinks he finds out the secret of the village. In fact he was used by this evil bad seed to destroy an artifact that was protecting the village. Now he has to somehow defeat Old Shuck. Knowing Kane I’m sure he’ll find a way.

CONAN SERPENT WAR #2

“Chapter II: Relics of the Gods”
Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Stephen Segovia

James Allison a bedridden man in 1936 Cross Plains Texas has brought four warriors together across time. Conan and Agnes in the Hyborian Age. Moon Knight and Solomon Kane in 1584 England. He speaks to them through a mask and dead serpent man. He tells them of the quest to defeat Set. They are of course reluctant but agree for now to join this quest. So Conan and Agnes head out across the Kharamun Desert to Stygian. Kane and Moon Knight head to Italy. In the Hyborian age Conan and Agnes are ambushed by a giant snake. They manage to kill it and gain a gem from the dead snake. In England set worshipers taking over a ship of Kane’s friend and ambush Moon Knight and Kane. Moon Knight manages to turn the ship’s cannon on itself and destroy the ship. At the end we see that James Allison is under the control of the Wyrm.

“The Get of Garm”
By C.L. Werner

Solomon finds one survivor of the coach attack. The valet named Roberte Clement. So he takes him to a tavern in the nearest town. When the people hear the story the sheriff has the mob grab both men. Seems that a curse is associated with anyone that has contact with the demon dog Old Shuck. Roberte is killed when he hits his head. Solomon is knocked out and finds himself bound in a dark cellar. Just then someone enters with a knife.

So the characters are separated into two groups. Each one has the same goal only in a different time. An effective way to tell the story so the reader gets an effective interaction between two people. Both groups have their own personality quirks yet in many ways are the same. A very interesting quest that I am interested in seeing how it turns out. Also this Wyrm that is controlling everything. So far we are still left wondering it its evil or good. Very effective story so far.

As for the prose backup it is very well written. The writer gets the personality of Kane perfect. The atmosphere is excellent and the story so far is filled with interesting characters and an air of mystery. Also looking forward to see how it turns out.

CONAN SERPENT WAR #1

“Untitled”
Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Scot Eaton

1936 Cross Plains, Texas. James Allison lies in bed delirious. He has visions of many past lives as a warrior. The one most prominent is as Niord. A barbarian who killed a giant snake. Some entity is urging him to find warriors for a fight against the evil Set. His first is Marc Spector the Moon Knight in the present. His visions get Khonshu the god that gives Marc his powers to seek him out. Next is Solomon Kane in 1584 England. Kane is with a companion about to check out a sinister castle. People in the nearby village have been killed and something evil in the castle is responsible. This becomes apparent as his companion is killed by a door handle turning into snakes.

Then his visions take him to 1522 France. Dark Agnes has just killed some assassins and she takes her wounded friend to a nearby village. Only the village is full of snake cult people. They capture Agnes and take her to be sacrificed to a giant snake. Finally in the Hyborian age Conan is found. He has just fought a giant snake and has visions. So Moon Knight goes to James Allison’s abandoned house in Cross Plains and finds some of the cultists digging up the body of Allison. Kane finds snake cultists in the castle. Agnes manages to break free of her bounds and fight the snake. Conan has visions of the giant snake. Then Allison transports Moon Knight to be with Solomon Kane. Dark Agnes finds herself with Conan in the Hyborean age.

“The Get of Garm”
By C.L. Werner

Solomon Kane is riding through the English countryside at night. He comes on a ruined coach and its occupants torn to shreds. There is also a giant hellhound with one huge red eye. The hound is after a survivor in the coach. Kane manages to fight off the hound and it runs into the night.

Well this is one cool idea for a story. Some enjoyable nods to Howard with James Allison who was in the story “Valley of the Worm.” This links him to three Howard characters, Conan and Solomon Kane being familiar to comics. Also a new one. Dark Agnes has never to my knowledge appeared in comics or anywhere else outside her original stories by Howard. She is a welcome addition and surprised she was never used before. A strong female character in the Howard tradition. Oh and they also threw in a superhero. Moon Knight is perfect to fill out the cast. An excellent story that I look forward to continuing.

The backup prose story is also an excellent one so far. Kane having the battle some evil demon dog in the dark creepy countryside. The writer establishes a very creepy atmosphere for this story. The character of Kane is written as he should be. This series is definitely a winner so far.