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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595824103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595824103
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Tucker VINE VOICE on December 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
This may be the best of the Chronicles editions of comic reprints featuring adaptations and and works inspired by the author Robert Howard. This handsome collection features two versions of Howard's Red Shadows, a great story to start this set about the Puritan adventurer Solomon Kane. The other Solomon Kane stories featured here are also very well done.
Few have captured the somber nature of this restless wanderer, avenger and walking contradiction of his Puritan faith as well as these tales have done. Kane is a strange man quite unlike Howard's Cimmerian adventurer Conan from the Hyborian age. With Solomon there is no lust for the ladies, looting, thievery or fun. solomon Kane is on a mission. It's one that tests him, his faith and his sanity as he battles the known avarice, and savage inhumanity of men and the unknown horrors shambling in the outer dark.

Most of the line art reproduced here is beautiful, crisp and uncluttered. And while color is not as varied as I would like it goes to the service of the stories in a muted but effective way. Writers Roy Thomas and Ralph Macchio (who adapts or writes all the tales but the first version of Red Shadows) and pure Robert Howard (by way of the poem Solomon Kane's Homecoming) are very good. Ralph Macchio was surprisingly good and this second helping of his scripts reminds me of why I liked his work on this character even after 2 decades have passed since I first read them in the original comic series.
All the artists deliver some of the best work in their careers. Howard Chaykin was becoming very stylized at this time in his career and this book reminds me of why he was such a talent. Steven Carr's artwork is a rare treat and here it is a powerful argument for me to see even more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Slokes VINE VOICE on March 6, 2011
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Solomon Kane may not be as well known as Robert E. Howard's other wandering fantasy figure, but he did get his own line of Marvel comics. Two of them, in fact, though they totaled only the eight issues collected here.

Kane was a different figure than Conan. A stern man of the Lord who finds himself an outcast from English society for his Puritan faith, he wandered not for gold, glory, or women, but to assuage his need to "work the will of God...while weak things, human or animal, are mistreated." The fact he relies a good deal on a non-Christian fetish staff picked up from Africa is a source of troubling doubt for Solomon, as are the various weird menaces he must conquer in order to do good.

The first two issues here, "The Mark Of Kane," appeared in 1976 and were written by Conan comics scribe Roy Thomas from the Howard story "Red Shadows." Thomas never got the hang of Kane, and this two-part saga gets off on the wrong foot by having Kane fight a number of man-beasts who exist apparently to justify a lurid comic cover. After that, it's pretty much "Red Shadows" as written by Howard, marred by some awkwardly heavy pencils by Howard Chaykin that render Kane's face into a kind of scowling anvil.

From "Red Shadows," we move ahead nine years to a new Solomon Kane comic line, "The Sword Of Solomon Kane," with its premiere adventure..."Red Shadows." Yes, it's rinse and repeat, but this time the story is not so stretched out and the art, by Steve Carr and Bret Blevins, is rather crisp and effective. Writer Ralph Macchio would be "The Sword Of Solomon Kane's" one constant. His Kane is a bit one-note but grabs your attention. He might have blossomed in the same way Thomas's Conan did if only Macchio was given more than this six-issue run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jcm on May 17, 2013
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WHAT I HAD HOPED FOR; GOOD PRICE; GOOD ILLUSTRATIONS AND TIES IN WITH THE GENRE; SOLOMON KANE IS AN INTERESTING CHARACTER FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR NOSTALGIC ADVENTURE
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