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Conan Volume 0: Born on the Battlefield (Conan (Dark Horse Unnumbered)) Paperback – June 10, 2008


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  • Series: Conan (Dark Horse Unnumbered)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593079818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593079819
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best graphic novel that I have ever read.
ACM275
Ruth's artwork complements the story very well, with pencilling which is kept deliberately loose, heavy inking, and muted tones of brown, red, and green.
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It is written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Greg Ruth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GenesiusRedux on September 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This addition to the Conan series has become one of my favorites. In adding to the Howard corpus, one of the dangers is in trying to out-Howard Howard. Kurt Busiek's story wisely refrains, showing a restraint in developing the character from childhood in ways that look forward to Conan's later adventures but do not attempt to "continue" where Howard "left off." We see a young Conan struggling to establish himself among the other children as well as the elders of his clan, sporadic encounters with wolves and mountain lions, introduction to love, supernatural encounters, all leading up to the grand battle that eventually set him on the path that would take him away from his homeland. Ruth's artwork complements the story very well, with pencilling which is kept deliberately loose, heavy inking, and muted tones of brown, red, and green. It's as if we're looking at sepia-tinged photographs of an art rendering which is already half-impressionistic.

It's worth noting that some readers may not be happy with this art direction. One reviewer on this site goes so far as to claim that Ruth is attempting an imitation of Howard that looks inexpert and childish. In fact, there is very little of Howard in Ruth's work (the final image included in the sketchbook at the end of the book is a kind of loving parody of Howard). Those readers who are insistent on the pristine lines and dramatic contrasts of classic comic art may be similarly disappointed. But those who can open their minds to different approaches may find this quite wonderful.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Nelson on August 15, 2008
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If you enjoy reading fantasy, enjoying a great tale, or just a good read, then you really should read this Graphic Novel. Yes, a graphic novel is nothing but a collection of 'comic' books into one volume and yes, I know how many people look down on comics. However, this is a very good read.

It is the story of Conan's youth in Cimmeria, from his birth until just after the sack of Vennarium. It is written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Greg Ruth. Busiek as usual shows his depth of understanding not only of the medium, but of his character. Conan was not created by Busiek, of course, but he almost seems to have inherited the same spirit that Howard often mentioned when he talked about the genesis of his Conan stories.

Ruth, the books illustrater is just, how should I put it? If you remember the old Frazetta covers to the Conan books published in the 70's then you should be awed by how much Ruth's art seems to channel that same feeling.

These two do not recreate the feely-touchy-smiley happy go lucky Conan of the live action TV series. They ignore the animated saturday morning shows almost as if they never existed (Thankfully!). They also studiously ignore the almost feminine Conan from Conan the Destroyer (can anyone say Polittically Correct? I knew you could ) and the "Im so stupid I cant stop drooling" Conan from Conan the Barbarian.

These books most resemble the stories by Howard and the very best of the old Savage Sword of Conan series. I remember buying those oversized SSoC comics as a kid. I was as much in awe of them as I am awed by the current crop of Busiek stories.

These books are a great read. Lots of fun.

I would recommend almost anything by Dark Horse in general, but the adaptation of Conan really stands out in my mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Poisoned Blade on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
As you may have guessed, CONAN Born on the Battlefield is a graphic novel that chronicles the early life of Conan the Barbarian.

Story
The story is composed of six parts that chronicle the main events of Conan's Life. It begins from his birth and ends as he becomes a young adult. The narration and dialogue are well written and there are some good characters. What sets this apart from the other Conan books is that it tells a story in chronological order, where most Conan stories are just short tales of adventure.

Art
Fans of the Savage Sword of Conan (Black and White Comic Series) may have trouble adjusting to the art (in color) but this style fits Conan. The colors are dark and the line art is gritty. This book has more than a handful of epic, memorable images. I felt that the art in The Savage Sword of Conan did a better job at pushing the boundaries of epic visual storytelling, but the art is this book is still very good.

Characters
Conan is a young boy growing up in a highland village. He is portrayed as a tough loner and a skilled hunter who is trying to find his place in the world. Also featured in the book are Conan's parents, grandfather, and young friends. They are all well done, but play minor roles.

Action
This book is loaded with it and it's drawn well. Heads roll, limbs roll, intestines spill, and bodies pile high. Action fans will not be disappointed.

Maturity
Well, there are loads of gore, and a bit of nudity, so this book, like all Conan stories, is better suited for young adults or older teens.

Overall
This is a very good origin story for Conan that depicts his early years, but I felt that it could have been better.
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