- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (November 8, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560976624
- ISBN-13: 978-1560976622
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 12.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the early 1970s, Windsor-Smith's artwork in Conan the Barbarian made an immediate splash with comics fans and launched a short-lived sword-and-sorcery craze. Some 20 years later, he returned to the genre with Freebooters, one of three serialized stories in Storyteller, an ambitious, tabloid-size magazine that was abruptly cancelled after nine issues. Its hero suggested what Conan might have become. Once a legendary adventurer, now-flabby Axus the Great runs a tavern and regales its patrons with tales of his exploits. When naive young Aran rides into town with news of the impending resurrection of the fire demon AmmonGra, Axus'archfoe, it appeared the washed-up warrior will have to round up his former comrades and do battle. Cut short though it is, Freebooters is an amusing romp, especially as collected in this lavish volume. Its primary appeal remains Windsor-Smith's gorgeous, Pre-Raphaelite-influenced art, even more accomplished here than in Conan. It may look overwrought for this amiable but slight tale, yet any opportunity to see comics master Windsor-Smith at work on barbarians is worth taking. Gordon Flagg
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About the Author
Barry Windsor-Smith, 2008 Eisner Award Hall of Fame Inductee, has been creating extraordinary comics art and stories since 1967, introducing diverse artistic influences to graphic storytelling, and developing a distinctive, naturalistic narrative style. Conan the Barbarian, X-Men, Weapon X, Archer & Armstrong, RUNE, and Barry Windsor-Smith: STORYTELLER are among the many works of his 30+ year career. Windsor-Smith is also an acclaimed painter of Romantic fantasy, co-founder of The STUDIO, and author of BWS:OPUS, a series of art books collecting his paintings and drawings. The text of the series, called Time Rise, is an anecdotal, sometimes humorous, memoir of his paranormal experiences. He lives in Kingston, NY.
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The stars of this book Axus and Aran are not the typical odd couple. The gone to seed hero and the young man with knowledge and a pronounced lack of experience are both entertaining and colorful. The setting is delightfully exotic and archaic city. Small airships and warriors with bladed weapons, towering, glittering towers and spires as well as a scheming populace jaded by indulgence and seemingly decades of peace ruled by the corrupt and decadent, this place is like Robert Howard's higher Hyborean kingdoms without the somber barbarian waiting for his opportunity to loot the general population. If this sounds like utter chaos, it is; delightfully rendered utter chaos. It's a fun read and a gorgeous one at that. while the bigger story is not resolved that doesn't take away from the fun read and the beautiful artwork. This tale highlights Barry's skill at writing, pacing and art and should not be missed. As a bonus there's a short Axus tale in the front of the book that serves as precursor to what was to come later.
I only give this book 4 stars because it's not a finished tale and that's not the author's fault.
I hope the day comes when Barry finds his publisher.