CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1
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Artist: Becky Cloonan
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale
Size: 0 pages
I am pretty new to Conan. I became interested in the character last year when I happened to watch the original 1983 film by John Milius and was surprised how much I liked it. I bought one volume of the Kurt Busiek stuff and enjoyed it, but didn’t totally love it. Then this series was announced and it sounded perfect for me.
Becky Cloonan’s art is almost the exact opposite of the sort of Frank Frazetta-style art that is normally associated with Conan, which is perfect for me. I loved her bold expressive lines which conveys so much energy. This isn’t a Conan that stands around to have his portrait painted. This is a Conan that moves through a vivid world all around him!
Brian Wood’s story does a great job of establishing the Conan’s character as a brash, arrogant but likable young adventurer. From what I know of Wood’s writing, Conan will sure to be transformed by the experiences that Wood will put him through it. I am looking forward to it.
I have never read Howard’s original work (although I would like to) and was not lost at all. I think this is a perfect jumping on point for anyone interested in what promises to be a great new saga.
Art: 5 - Excellent