And Then I Read: CONAN, Rogues In The House

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Volume Five in the very successful Conan series by Dark Horse is written by Timothy Truman, who gives a heartfelt introduction covering his discovery of and fascination with the character in his youth. Much of the book is an adaptation of the title story by Conan creator Robert E. Howard, and a quite a good one I think. Truman does a fine job following Kurt Busiek as regular writer on the title. He is a little more in-your-face than either Busiek or Howard, but that works well here, adding a feeling of immediacy to the narrative.

Some of the art is by Cary Nord, the first artist on the series (he did the cover), later chapters are by new artist Tomas Giorello, sample above, who has a style that makes use of more obvious brush strokes that reminds me a bit of early 20th century magazine illustrator J. C. Leyendecker. I like it, adds texture without being too distracting. His drawing and storytelling abilities seem of high quality, and the transition from one artist to another is not too abrupt.

The story involves a rat’s nest of thievery and intrigue, where everyone is out to rob or swindle everyone else, not least Conan’s beautiful girlfriend. Her fate is one of the best moments in the book, as it was in the original story.

Good reading, good adaptation, recommended.

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