It is really weak. The painting-style is reminiscent of Vicente Segrelles' "El Mercenario" but it lacks Segrelles' sense of the dramatic composition of the painting, as well as mastery of painted details.
Regarding the drama within the composition--just compare this to angles, relations in space between bodies in say John Buscema's Conan comics. Buscema has spectacular fights, knows how to draw bodies from different angles, knows how to select the most dramatic angle. In truth, one cannot compare this to John Buscema...
Story-wise, it is like an introductory chapter of a video-game, where everything is just too easy because one cannot require from someone who is new to the game to go through really difficult fights. But since it is not a video-game, since it is a comic book, then all we see Conan goes through is just pale, because it starts and ends quickly.
Also, it adds nothing to the character, which one can really say for all new Marvel comics.
And yeah, Conan looks either like a not really attractive woman who has her eyes painted, or like Lon Chaney playing the Phantom of the Opera.
I agree, it, like all the new comics adds nothing to the character. It feels like the era after RT left Conan. Individual stories unconnected to anything that went before, and no overarching vision for the series (the hate witch hardly qualifies). By Marvel's ignoring the original Conan saga, the character has lost his soul. It's why, after RT, the series lost its way as well as its readership. Marvel has produced nothing memorable this go around. I hope things improve, but I'm not optimistic.
It might have worked better at half its length as part of a split Savage Sword issue. Towards the middle my Tom Servo voice kept going off in my head "OK, he's good at hunting animals, we get it!!!" Could've been more with less.
This is a beautifully illustrated comic, unfortunately the same cannot be said about the rendition of Conan's face.
Defiantly the weakest point of the comic. Even on the main cover Conan's faces looks malformed. That's why I got a variant instead, couldn't stomach that face.
I agree with you guys. Before reading this, when I was initially just flipping through it at the comic shop, I mistook a Conan as a woman in a couple of those panels. Only while actually reading through it did I realize it was him. Still, the rest of the art was beautiful, and I enjoyed this issue overall.