Dark Horse Comics reviews for 7/26-17

Time to wrap the comic book reviews for the week of 7/26-17 with a look at the Dark Horse Comics releases.

Bank Shot #2

Conan the Slayer #11

Bank Shot #2

Marcus King is hot on the trail of the Dutchman, but he might have left his queen vulnerable in the second chapter of Bank Shot.

This issue focuses more on King’s rehabilitation from an ambush that left him paralyzed. With CIA agents bent on assassinating him, King can only rely on the kind nurse Soraya and her scientist friend to literally get him back on his feet.

Alex De Campi’s script relies too heavily on flashbacks. The narrative gets jumbled from the constant time period flip flopping. It’s not especially confusing, but De Campi overdoes it without offering much insight as to why the time switching is necessary. The story would have flowed better with more of a linear storytelling perspective.

ChrisCross’ pencils are overall strong with good facial expressions. Occasionally, some character posing is overly stiff. Snakebite Cortez’s color work is somewhat muted, which would be used to better effect if there was clearer distinction in the modern and flashback sequences.

This might not have been the strongest story roll out, but I’m intrigued enough to see where Bank Shot is headed.

Rating: 7 out of 10


Conan the Slayer #11

Conan has his final faceoff with Jehungir Agha and the monstrous Khosatral Khel. Even though the odds are against him and the beautiful Octavia, Conan might have figured out a way to defeat both enemies thanks to a weapon revealed in a dream.

Cullen Bunn has Conan’s voice down masterfully and the occasional narration feels right on point with established takes on Conan. Bunn doesn’t let Conan off easily as he has to contend with two enemies. It definitely makes for a finale that’s anything but boring.

Sergio Davila’s artwork is well crafted, with plenty of intricate detailing in the backgrounds. That’s important for fantasy settings more than the typical comic genre. Davila’s Conan looks imposing, but occasionally in the wider shots, he makes Conan somewhat doughy. The heavier line/ink work helps create a striking visual and Michael Atiyeh’s colors blend nicely.

The Devil in Iron ended strongly and I’m looking forward to seeing what Bunn has in store for Conan next. Provided it stays at this quality, this will remain a terrific take on Conan.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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