What If... Conan battled Thor & Wolverine in the Modern Day? (& the Conan RPG Kickstarter actually happened?)
Rambling Conan Blog pt.19
In the pages of Marvel's "What If" book, there were four alternate reality tales of Conan the Barbarian.
The first, issue 13, What If Conan the Barbarian Walked the Earth Today?
This is a great story, but then I'm a complete sucker for "man out of time/place" stories. It's written by the awesome Roy Thomas and penciled by Big John Buscema. Great art, great story, pick it up if you can.
Issue 39 featured What If Thor of Asgard had met Conan the Barbarian?
Written by Alan Zelenetz and drawn by Ron Wilson, this issue is a pretty good story, and decent art. Thor meets Conan in Hyboria at the time when Conan is a young rogue. The contrasts in Conan's roguish personality and Thor's altruistic personality are well written and enjoyable within the confines of a single issue. Conan of course thinks Thor is a golden haired AEsir from Asgard... Of the Hyborian variety.
Issue 43 proves well enough can never be left alone with What If Conan the Barbarian were Stranded in the 20th Century?
This story, written by Peter B Gillis and penciled by Bob Hall, begins enjoyably with Conan reverting to kind and treating New York like Shadizar, ripe for the robbing. There are some great bits with Conan learning the ways of modern society, paper money and such. There are also some embarrassing bits later on and it becomes a mess by the end. Still, the art is good and I appreciate that Conan was written roguish.
Vol. 2, Issue 16, features What If Wolverine had Lived During the Age of Conan the Barbarian?
Written by Glen Herdling & penciled by Gary Kwapisz, I didn't really care for this story at all. It's pretty basic, and mostly feels like an excuse to have the two battle a couple of times. Once to give Conan a chance to win, and once to give Wolverine a chance to win. Both are portrayed one dimensional, and by the end is just plain awful. In fact, it's like Marvel knew it was awful because at the very end there is a one page "What if Conan REALLY meet Wolverine" and it depicts the two of them sitting in a bar talking about being berserkers, and drinking.
If you get a chance to pick up any of these for a reasonable price, it's cool to see Conan interacting with other elements of the Marvel Universe, if nothing else. Definitely grab issue 13 if you get a chance.
Finally, I'm going to end this post with an update about the Modiphius Conan RPG.
I had hoped for this week's post to be about the RPG Kickstarter and Quick Start rules, as this week was supposed to be the release of both. However, It's Thursday and there have been zero announcements of any kind... +Chris Birch
did just inform me on Twitter that "There will be an exciting update very soon."
Also, +Jason Durall
had this to say on the forums:
"we'll have an announcement very soon about the exact date the KS launches. The delays have been as frustrating on our end as they are on yours, but rest assured that we're continuing to develop the game, and all this means is that the gap between the close of the Kickstarter and the release of the game books will be that much shorter.
The game is definitely on. Great things are in the making, we're locking down even more artists and writers daily, and work on the manuscripts for the core line of books is in progress."
I wish the information was flowing more by this point, as I've seen people get their hopes up and then get discouraged and frustrated with the silence. However, it is encouraging to hear that the Kickstarter delays will not delay the actual products release.
It's frustrating, but I'm still all-in on this RPG. I'm just trying to be patient as I wait for the "What If" to become reality.