Review – Kang the Conqueror #1
Artwork – Carlos Magno & Espen Grundtejern
Cover Art – Mike Del Mundo
Publisher – Marvel Comics
Release Date – 18 August 2021
THE ORIGIN OF KANG! The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror. But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictated by time and previously unseen by any but the Conqueror himself. A cycle that could finally explain the enigma that is Kang. And a cycle that begins and ends with an old and broken Kang sending his younger self down a dark path…
After the finale of LOKI it was only fitting that we had a Kang the Conqueror series. And I was eager to see what Marvel had in store. There have been plenty of storylines over the years with Kang and certainly he is described as one of the Avengers’ ultimate villains. That being said I was curious to see what writer’s Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing would bring to the table. This is a fascinating first issue with a contemplative look at a young Nathaniel Richards in the 31st Century. When he encounters Kang, the older version of himself offers guidance and from the there, things start to unravel. This is certainly a series that I can see Marvel fans thoroughly enjoying. And given the success of LOKI, I’m sure some fans will be desperate to read more about this character.
The artwork is very much of what you would expect from Marvel Comics. And certainly the work of Carlos Magno and Espen Grundtejern captures Kang perfectly. It’s always interesting when you have more than imagining of the same character in a universe and how they are portrayed. And this was done to great effect. As you can imagine the colourings of Green and Purple that we associate with Kang are prominent throughout. And I liked the way that these were utilised for the captions, as a constant reminder of who Nathaniel Richards is destined to become.
Kang the Conqueror #1 is a fascinating look back at the early beginnings of Nathaniel Richards in the 31st Century. And given his introduction (in some guise) in the MCU, it’s only fitting that Marvel have released this series. The creative pairing of Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing combine to great effect to bring us what is a complex character, with the potential to explore multiple storyline possibilities. This is certainly a book that I can see Marvel fans thoroughly enjoying. And given the success of LOKI, I’m sure some fans will be desperate to read more about the character.
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