AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1 / Writer: Jim Zub, Mark Waid, and Al Ewing / Artist: Sean Izaaske / Color Artist: Jay David Raymos with Marcio Menyz / Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham / Cover Artist: Yasmine Putri / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Published: March 20, 2019
Before the review proper, I want to take the time to appreciate the fact that Marvel has got the comic rights to Conan again. Since regaining those rights, they have started two solid titles including Conan, and now they have him interacting with Marvel characters. And part of me wants to check the date, to make sure we didn’t turn back time to the seventies.
Now, onto the great work by Jim Zub (Champions) Mark Waid (Daredevil), Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk) and Sean Izaaske (Uncanny Avengers) to reintroduce him to the pages of Marvel…
Sword and Sorcery
The majority of the issue is a classic-style Conan story, which continues the search for the shards Nyx is after. Scarlet Witch is the perfect character to team up with Conan for a Marvel-adjacent journey through the world of the Cimmerian. She’s a powerful sorceress from another world, currently blinded thanks to a curse by Nyx (which re-purposes her sight to serve the dark goddess). So, basically, for Conan, this is just your average Tuesday. It’s a great tale, with a monster fight, crow cultists, wizard towns, and some serious tension; the action would make Robert E. Howard proud.
Don’t Forget the Avengers
Meanwhile, as Conan and Wanda journey through the Hyborian Age, the rest of the Avengers are still dealing with Nyx and her kin. For starters, Rocket as an Avenger just works so well. And we get quite a bit of escalated tension between the Hulk and Hawkeye, in two panels, to remind people that it is going to go down. Yet, in the midst of their win against Hypnos, Hulk’s own ulterior motives turn the tides, assuming the power from Nyx’s shard to become “a creature of Crom” (the stuff of Conan’s nightmares, quite literally). And by the end of this issue, the mounting tension is aptly suited to forebode a final battle.
In all, this has been a fun, beautifully-drawn adventure so far, and I’m excited to see how the story goes, especially with the addition of Conan.
Verdict: 4 out of 5