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King Conan: The Conqueror Paperback – February 3, 2015
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Truman's first professional comics work was Grimjack with writer John Ostrander. Along with being a fan favorite and often imitated character, Grimjack almost single-handedly defined the "grim and gritty" action comic character archetype. Truman has been continuously creative for more than 20 years, displaying his pulp sensitivities in his writing. In 1985, he created Scout, which was followed by Scout: War Shaman, a futuristic western. A year later, he relaunched the Hillman characters Airboy and The Heap for Eclipse Comics. He also developed The Prowler, a Shadow type character, and adapted The Spider for Eclipse. In 1989, at DC Comics he created Hawkworld, a reinvention of Hawkman. With author Joe R. Lansdale, he reinterpreted Jonah Hex as a horror western. In it, their creation of villain Edgar Autumn elicited a complaint from musician Edgar Winter. Truman was chosen by Dark Horse Comics to illustrate a newly completed Tarzan novel and wrote a story arc for the comic book. He also wrote virtually the entire run of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter for Valiant Comics. He also wrote Star Wars at Dark Horse Comics. While at Dark Horse Comics, he took over the writing of Conan from Kurt Busiek in 2006, and after that series ended he started Conan The Cimmerian. The author lives in Lancaster PA.
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Now, all these years later I found myself excited all over again. Dark Horse Comics has done a great job with the CONAN legend and Timothy Turman's adaptation does not disappoint. Tomas Giorello manages to capture the John Buscema CONAN style, making him larger then life; a scarred barbarian that is literally an unstoppable force of nature. But Jose Villarubia's colors finish this off creating mood and a colorful grittiness that I think REH himself would give a nod of approval to if he were with us today.
I highly recommend this if your tastes lean in the direction of Sword and Sorcery. It is in effect a short story, but the term Graphic Novel fits this well as you get so much more and it fulfills the potential that this medium of entertainment has to offer. 5 stars and more!!
Robert E. Howard had a amazing gift considering he was basically a self taught author. His gift for describing mood & vividly detailed scenery & the action in fight sequences in so few words at a poetic pace that imprinted the scene so perfectly in the mind's eye of the reader that transforming his story's into graphic Novel's is a match made in heaven!!! Being a artist myself I have drawn many scene's from his Turlough O'Brien & Athelstane the Saxon tales & would love to see those unfinished story's compiled together with the finished tales & made into a graphic Novel!!! I have collected the Dark Horse "Conan" series #0 through #12 & picked up 4 of the "King Conan" graphic novel series considering these 2 series the best in the many collected offerings of Conan material. I have been a huge Robert E. Howard fan since discovering Zebras release of the collection of short story's "The Pigeon's from Hell" at age ten . Over the years I went through many stages of being a R.E.H. fan from collecting different publisher's, to checking out the "Comic Book Conan", & even went through my Howard purest fan stage. Now at age 50 I am rediscovering R.E.H.'s work through "The Graphic Novel format"! It is my opinion R.E.H. pumped out adult fantasy hero's like Stan Lee pumped out Super hero's! Some how the movie industry has always seemed to fall short of capturing R.E.H.'s hero's to film successfully. Ironically enough I think the best job to date has been the movie 'Solomon Kane" which was a non Howard origins tale but totally captured Howards hero to perfection & even manages to explain how this puritan has learned such great fighting skill, something only eluded to in one of Robert E. Howards poems. I truly hope they make another Solomon Kane movie based this time on Howards work! Considering other than Solomon Kane Howards hero's have paled by comparison to his story's on the big screen, I am truly happy that Dark Horse is doing a great job bringing Conan to life, & I highly recommend the graphic Novel format's "Conan" & King Conan" over the other versions of collected retold comic book offering's. Finally through the graphic Novel's you get a better or should I say truer peek into the colorful world Howard created for his brawny hero! While J.R.R. Tolkien dedicated a life time to building Middle Earth along with complete alphabet's & language's for his characters Robert E. Howard did equally well creating elaborate landscapes fantastic flora & fauna often as threatening as the antagonist his characters faced! While the mood of many Conan tales was dark the world he adventured in was full of vivid color right down to the megalithic structures of Lappa lazuli. Emerald, Gold & rare earth element's! I am also glad they wrote Conan as being more than just a so called "Barbarian" Considering his ability to read, write & speak multiple language's, knowing metal forging, Astronomy well enough to pilot a ship & knowing pharmaceutics from the plants in his natural world & his unerring ability to quickly rise to the top position of every endeavor he chose to pursue, even when he was a cultural outsider would indicate to me he was sporting an I.Q. around 160+!!! These graphic novel's stay very close to Howard's original tales & when they deviate it isn't to the point of changing Conan's character just polishing his rough edges... he was written in the 1930's after all. I think with Robert E. Howards love for art he would totally approve of the "Conan" of the graphic Novel's as well as any other of his many character's to be reborn in this vibrant format!
It concludes a stunning and sweeping arc. This is one of a few definitive Conan stories, and the told is narrated by an elderly Conan who is funny, nostalgic and wise.
Solid art, good dialogue, and everything you'd expect from Conan.
Well worth the read, but not a staple for the collection.
I actually stopped buying the regular Conan series when Giorello left, as his successors were just so below him. Fortunately he kept on with the Conan universe, with the King Conan series. I bought all of them, and none of them has disappointed me. This specific volume either.
As for the story we have the typical Conan elements, and even the best of them. Some pirates, some Stygians, magic, beautiful women. All in an always dark atmosphere. I really have no complain here. A great volume!