In a world that is ruled by Dr. Doom, there are some who dare to defy him. Conan the Barbarian is in the year 2099 cursed to never age. What is Conan trying to accomplish in this time era? Find out in Conan 2099 #1 by Marvel Comics.
CONAN 2099 #1
Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Roge Antonio
Colorist: Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Editor: Mark Basso
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: November 27th, 2019
Previously in 2099: Dr. Doom destroyed superheroes and purged the memory of their existence out of history. Now there are only a handful of people with enough power to stand up to him. Conan the Barbarian is one such hero who has become a modern King. What will he do when his land is threatened?
BRINGING AN AXE TO A GUNFIGHT
This issue tells us the story of how Conan the Barbarian got to 2099. On his coronation day, he was cursed by Morgan le Fay to “live until the sun burns the earth under your feet”. The curse forced Conan to have immortality and Morgan le Fay became a ghost inside his head. Conan thus forsook his crown and became a traveler. In his travels, he came across a dying Nova Corp member and took his helm; promising the dying man that he will will return the helm to the angels. This takes him to modern day Los Angeles. Conan then arrives at the Nova Corp headquarters and ejects the headquarters into space. Directing the spaceship towards the sun, the building began to melt beneath his feet. With the prophecy fulfilled, Conan curse is broken and he is left floating through space surviving through the Nova Corp helmet.
TRADITION VERSUS MODERN
The story is an interesting one. Conan has been in and out of present day Marvel continuity and his presence has always struck me as odd. I think Conan has a lot of modern sensibilities that doesn’t make sense from someone who is from the past. For example, Conan jumps onto a flying car to run away from the police and at one point he favors an energy sword over a traditional axe. I understand the choice from the creative team but it always strikes me as a little funny and seemingly unfitting.
The script was well designed and it jumped from present day storyline to flashback to create depth in the story. Non-linear storyline is a difficult creative choice to pull off and I think they succeeded in their objective. The art was very dynamic and was consistent with the tone of the story. This was an easy read and is a fun exploration of Conan in a Science Fiction story. I don’t think it was a perfect story but it was a fun one that helps flesh out the 2099 universe setting.
BOTTOM LINE: CREATIVE
I am enjoying the 2099 series and this story is a fun inclusion to the setting. While it didn’t have the depth of themes that I normally want, the creative team did a good job moving the story forward. If you are following the 2099 stuff being published then this is a must pick up. 3.5 out of 5 stars for Conan 2099 #1 from me.
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Conan 2099 #1
The script was well designed and it jumped from present day storyline to flashback to create depth in the story.