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Product Details

  • Series: Solomon Kane (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595822828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595822826
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Allie writes and edits comics and stories for Dark Horse Comics and Glimmer Train Press. He's the longtime editor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hellboy, and brought The Umbrella Academy, Beasts of Burden, and The Goon to Dark Horse. His focus has been horror comics since a young age, which is reflected in his writing and his editing, including his first published work, Sick Smiles, a horror anthology. With Sick Smiles (1994-1996) he formed long-lasting collaborative friendships, including Kevin McGovern, with whom he created Exurbia in '94 and finally released the graphic novel in 2009. He rejoined Todd Herman, another Sick Smiles artist, in 2006 to create The Fog, a prequel to the great John Carpenter film. He's the writer or Dark Horse's adaptation of Robert E Howard's Solomon Kane, where he delves into the pulp traditions that his grandfather turned him onto as a young boy. He's currently hard at work on the sequel to his first creator owned series, The Devil's Footprints, set in his home town of Ipswich, MA. He now lives with his son in Portland, Oregon. Follow him on Twitter, where he mainly posts while on solo roadtrips through the Northwest, which he thinks extends east through the Dakotas and south through Nevada.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on July 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I think of hard-to-like heroes that I still root for, the first one that comes to my mind is Robert E. Howard's adventuring Puritan, Solomon Kane. The man dresses in black and can be an absolute downer with his puritanical ways, but when it comes to fighting men and the supernatural, few stand taller, swing a sword with more authority, or shoot straighter than Solomon Kane.

Because he died at such a young age, Howard didn't get to leave as sizeable a legacy of Solomon Kane stories as fans might have wanted. In the last nearly 80 years since his debut, other authors have penned more Solomon Kane tales than Howard. Nearly all of them have been in comic form.

That venue continues in the latest graphic novel release from Dark Horse Comics: Solomon Kane: The Castle of the Devil. Hellboy-creator Mike Mignola drew the awesome cover which immediately drew my eye, and interior artist Mario Guevara kept up the tone throughout the story written by Scott Allie.

The graphic novel collects the first five issues of the new Dark Horse comics series, and I'm glad I read them in the collected edition. I couldn't imagine having to get and read this story piecemeal month by month. In fact, the book would be better read late at night when the house is quiet, or on a camping trip after everyone else has gone to bed. The atmosphere then would be a perfect reading experience.

The book opens with an excellent action sequence that shows off Solomon Kane's deadly skills to their fullest, as well as the supernatural that flavors most of the stories. Guevara's art is fantastic, and Allie shows good sense in staying off the page and letting his artist carry the weight at this point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan VINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of 5 issues (hopefully with more on the way) of the Solomon Kane series from Dark Horse.

The adaptation is from a small fragment by ol' Two Gun Bob, but the author's take on the remainder is pretty awesome, including the sorcery to become a werewolf by donning a wolf's skin. The art and coloring is lushly colored and has a semi-gothic feel. Solomon looks like many artists' renderings of the character (IE, Pilgrim-ish), and he maintains that puritan frown and dour look, right down to his pointy chin. The art, in color, is beautiful and fairly gore-ful, as our righteous avenger impales and causes grievous bodily injury (at one point even swiping a face off with his blade).

The story has some pretty sweet vampire-demons, and the only thing I can really frown upon is the way they use those translation brackets <like this>* [*translated from German], and sometimes translating and sometimes having the german speech there, but I assume this is because of whispered secrets between the Count and his wife, and to add a slight authentic feel. Still, without the translations, it's a fun romp in the world of Kane, and I think it's pretty cool to see a hero who gets offered the lady, and him slap her away as a harlot (I mean, he is a God fearing man and all). Kane gets offended at swearing by God and in the devil's names quite a few times in this story, which kind of made me grin since characters aren't that shockingly Christian these days.

I didn't have any problem with the pacing of the story, but it could have perhaps been condensed into 4 issues instead of 5 with some minor eliminations, but I enjoyed it more than other stories I was reading at the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Critic's Corner on June 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Unlike Conan, another Robert E. Howard character, Solomon Kane is lean and mean. He wields a sword against the Lord's enemies -- vengeance is he!

The Castle of the Devil is a great trade paperback graphic novel. Looking at the cover, designed like the old Gold Key comics of the sixties, the story starts out with a boy hanging from a gallows.

Kane cuts the kid down and finds out through another wanderer that the land belongs to the Baron of the castle. The Baron and his sexy Persian wife are more than they seem. You read this and see that Kane is beginning to trust the Baron and finds to his dismay that he should not have done that!

Other reviewers discuss the story just fine. I want to mention the art. The art of Mario Guevara is pretty good. The guts spill out and the intestines from horses are grim. Yet the gore is not overly done. His style reminds me a lot of the old Joe Kubert comics.

The book also comes with several pages of sketch art and how the comic book developed. Final story is a lot shorter, "The Nightcomers." It's a supernatural story that has an "OK" ending, not nearly as exciting as the first, thus the loss of one star.

Check out the original books!

The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
Solomon Kane: The Complete Tales (Trilogus Classics)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parker on July 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Dark Horse presents the first series of Solomon Kane stories in a beautiful volume with a retro 60's cover resembling the pulpy paperbacks of the era, loaded with sketches as well as a short story form the DHP website.

Solomon Kane is one of Robert E Howard's more interesting characters and he is worthy of more fan attention and wider recognition, and I hope with Dark Horse's new series, he gets just that.

The art by Mario Guevara is excellent. Though sketchy and rough in appearance, he has a very sure hand and a good eye for dynamic figures and locations as well as setting a scene. He draws the creatures with enough ambiguity to keep them mysterious throughout the story, which serves to keep an element of scariness about them. Out of Dark Horse's three Robert E Howard relaunches (the others being Conan and Kull), this series is currently the best drawn of the lot, especially with the slump in quality on the current volumes of Conan.

The story by Scott Allie on the other hand is overlong and lacks a sense of fun. The middle part of the story sags badly as Allie spends too much of the story developing character (which is fine) only to do nothing with them later (not so fine). John Silent was a bit of a snore, and the Mahasti the Baroness, a Persian trophy wife, is portrayed stereotypically as someone fleeing the mistreatment of the Muslim world towards women, even though Muslim women during that period enjoyed far more rights and freedoms than they do today, and certainly more so than the women of Europe during the period in which this tale is set (FYI Mr. Allie; Persia is not a part of Arabia, or a part of the Holy land, which is historical Palestine).

Kane himself is quite out of character too.
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