Savage Sword of Conan #10 (Marvel Comics)
One of the best things about a series like Savage Sword of Conan is the fact that you can cycle through different creative teams to keep the series interesting. The tenth issue of the Cimmerian’s series is no exception, and it comes with some pretty big pedigree with writer Roy Thomas and artist Alan Davis. And while their initial chapter of their story isn’t too compelling, the talent involved may hold some surprises for the next issue.
After defeating a combatant in the a local fighting ring, Conan is summoned to help lead an expedition to find a treasure belonging to a princess. Of course, Conan barely makes it halfway through his journey before being betrayed by his fellow travelers, and is now a captive to the Hill People.
We all know that Conan will get out of this scenario, so it’s a little bit of a let down to see that this story isn’t all that different from any other Conan series. One of the things Marvel has done well at is putting this classic character into new types of stories, but with this issue, it seems like Roy Thomas just dug out an old story he couldn’t use during the original Conan The Barbarian run in the 70’s. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the script does feel a little dated when compared to some of the other Conan titles on the shelf.
Alan Davis, however, shows no signs of aging in his style. It’s honestly pretty impressive that Davis is still putting out work that could easily be mistaken for art from ten years ago. His panels and line work are extremely clean and easy to follow, and I can’t wait to see what else he has to show us.
While this may not be the hyped up return to form that Marvel is making it out to be, it’s still pretty cool to see Thomas back writing Conan’s adventures. While it may not be as thrilling or unique as the other Conan comics, it’s still neat to see the old guard return to write another story.