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Barbarian: Part I by knoire Barbarian: Part I by knoire
    At the height of the Roman empire, Gladiator games are used as a way to win over the mob of Rome; people come from all parts of the continent to witness these gruesome tournaments. With the capture of a Barbarian ruler whose kingdom was once allied with Rome, the Emperor shows his childish cruelty by sending his old friend to the edges of the Sahara to likely die in smaller Gladiator rings. This man's strength keeps him alive long enough to be sent to the magnificent Colosseum, the last place where the Emperor would expect his ex-ally. In a turn of events the Barbarian is loved by the crowd, and the Emperor has no choice but to keep him alive if he wishes to keep the mob on his side. But the Emperor will not settle for this result, and plans, on the last day of the Gladiator games, a specatcular display of swordsmanship and grandeur. That is, of the Barbarian will be able to survive the trials ahead.



My project these past few days! Hoping to start up a Hetalia/Gladiator series in order to practice semi-realism and coloring. Hope you guys enjoy :)

I'll be trying to get out a part at least once a month, so please watch me if you like the series so far!

Haha, their faces change like every panel... OTL

WARNING: This comic will turn into slight BL/Yaoi/slash whatever you call it. It's more implied than explicit, but just a fair warning

Update: Changed the name of the comic to "Barbarian".

Read Part 2 here:        Part 3:       Part 4:
Barbarian: Part II by knoire                                    Barbarian: Part III by knoire              Barbarian: Part IV by knoire
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The build-up of this scene throughout the evocative imagery in the panels is striking. The intense heat of battle between beast and gladiator are captured with an effective yet streamlined scope.

It is equally impressive how you employed the close-ups of facial expressions and the singular focus of the eyes of both Emperor and Gladiator.

You clearly reveal, through the details of expressions. The stunned shock of one turning into a outraged fear and the other of a stoic, hardened stare of determination of a man summoning his very will and strength to extract justice and vengeance against one man, the emperor, the one who has committed the ultimate betrayal against him.

Ludwig's- or is it Ludovicus?- ferocity in the first panel mirrors the bestial rage of the lion he has just slain as shown in the second panel. My interpretation of this: Ludovicus now has slain a trial(test) before him and has subdued the baser instincts of allowing his humanity to be robbed by the abhorrent cruelty of being enslaved as a gladiator. He does NOT allow this.

The third and fourth panels depicting the initial suspicion and subsequent shock that draws on Commodus(Italy/Feliciano/Veneziano)'s visage. Here, we see a tyrant accustomed to his own brand of certainty-that routine of predictability that all results to his pleasure and favor- in essence, everything goes for him just the way he likes it.

The widened eyes, the flared nostrils, the clenched jaw- all betray fear slowly percolating in him. His betrayal has returned to haunt him. In the stoic, bloodied but formidably unyielding form of Ludovicus.

The next four panels, Ludovicus removing his helmet and kneeling impacts such an effect and reveals the higher aspects of his already stalwart character. He does not defy Commodus by standing brazenly.
Genuflecting before the man who committed the ultimate wrong against him shows his acquiescence with the land's rule- he submits to authority but confronts said authority by being the mirror of which the authority's despotism is exposed.

In the interval panels where we observe the further permeation of Commodus's suspicions and fears confirmed, the look of shock dissolves into a silent terror resonating within him as his gaze reaches the piercing stare of Ludovicus.

The coup de grace lies within the final panel. Ludovicus eyes challenge Commodus with the very fact he(Ludovicus) remains alive. He has become the mob's favorite. In essence, Ludovicus has reached a similar level of power as he previously held prior to Commodus's bereaving him of said power.

It is within this stare that Ludovicus confronts Commodus as an equal- nobly remaining in proper respect but asserting power, dignity and revealing the long-buried hate and revenge against his wrong-doer.

Now regarding the technicalities:
The style in which you form the emotions in the facial expressions and the intensity or subtlety in the eyes is stunning to appreciate.

The color coordination is spot on with the film's own design- even down to the embossed metalwork of Commodus's lorica armor and the graduation of highlighting Ludovicus' gritty stubble.

Lastly, the summary you provided as the plot/background of this re-imagined crossover is deftly told. You evoked the same range of emotions that the original film had inspired in those of us this movie holds a special place in our hearts.

Thank you immensely for such an incredibly sublime work.
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GambitMojo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
yeah this is like the end of the game Ryse
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knoire Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really kinda want to play that game but alas I don't have an XBox one Q^Q
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Blackenednights Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is such an amazing comic. The way you drew this is amazing! >w<
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knoire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!! :)
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Akiyata Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgive me for the language, but you are fucking amazing<3
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knoire Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhh thank you!! QuQ
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Akiyata Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome  ;w;
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TheAwesomeDemonMe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I get the feeling that this is going to be interesting :D I liked very much
and...Germanys eyes in the last panel/pic *.* just something so awesome
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knoire Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it caught your attention :)
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TheAwesomeDemonMe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :D 
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