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King Conan: The Conqueror #1 (of 6)

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  • King Conan: The Conqueror #1 (of 6)

    Published by: Dark Horse Comics
    Released on: Feb. 26, 2014
    Writer: Timothy Truman
    Artist: Tomí¡s Giorello
    Cover: Tomí¡s Giorello
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    Tim Truman and Tomas Giorello continue their adaptation of Robert E. Howard's only Conan novel “The Hour of the Dragon”, this miniseries being the second half of the story. The first half was told last year in King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon”. King Conan is white-haired and on in years, and is telling his tale to a scribe named Pramis so that he may record it for the ages. And so the story continues…

    Conan's “friend” Publio is surprised, and not pleasantly so, by the return of Conan to Messantia. He becomes nervous at the mention of the Black Corsairs, and when Conan asks him of a thief looking to sell rare jewel he becomes downright shifty. Conan knows he's up to something, but not exactly what. Publio returns with some info for Conan which leads him to find the guy he's looking for with a burning hand print in his chest, and of course dead. Publio's deceit is soon realized, as is the fact that the jewel he seeks is on a ship leaving the harbor for points unknown.

    Truman has proved time and again he's more than capable of telling great Conan tales, and his adaptation of Howard's book is of course no exception. Smooth dialogue, a nice consistent pace, and great narration are what you expect from Truman's Conan and that's exactly what you get. Tomas Giorello's art is full of detail and his full page spreads are real eye candy. His action sequence with Conan making cat scraps out of some baddies brings out the gore to a nice level. He makes Conan look menacing as a young man and imposing as an old one to great effect. Jose Villarrubia provides the colors and his enhancements to Giorello's illustrations adds more depth to the finished product's impact and his use of various hues sets the mood for various scenes. One in particular that his work stands out is in a scene where Conan is on the prowl under a full moon and his use of deep blues during that sequence.

    This is yet another great Conan book from Dark Horse, and one that certainly doesn't disappoint. This miniseries promises to be excellent right through to the last page of issue #6.

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