Post by theironshadow on Aug 11, 2019 4:30:03 GMT -5
I've just got done with re-reading a couple of DH Conan graphic novels after i finished with Life And Death, namely A Witch Shall be Born and then onto the two final volumes from Dark Horse, Blood In His Wake and The Devil In Iron.
Let's get the bad out of the way; the art by Brian Ching for Witch is absolutely terrible. it looks like a cheap imitation of British artist Ian Gibson on his worst day and looks rushed. The sequence is made worse with Chapter 2 being drawn by Jose Luis and Andy Owens which counterpointed Ching's scratchings with far superior rendition. The writing on Witch was rock solid, with Fred Van Lente doing a bang-up job of adapting Howard's story.
Things improve vastly when Cullen Bunn and Sergio Davila came on board, with Conan The Slayer being the best work DH had produced since the golden years of Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord. An Absolute damn shame that it was to be the last go round for Conan at Dark Horse, as it really has been the best Conan has been for many years. The 'twist' with the sea hag (the monstrous sea troll concept was pushing the fantasy element even for a Howard Conan tale) was superb, and the development of Conan as mentor to Taraslan (and failure) was excellent.
I've read the first four stories of the six in the collection. Maybe I should hold my words until I finish the book. I'm feeling the way I did when reading Marvel's Savage Sword collection, which is to say, "Meh. OK. I'll keep reading."
Some of it I like, and some of it, I don't.
With this book and with Savage Sword, I've got the feeling that the writers do not really know the character of Conan. They've got some things down. Conan's brutality and will to live, they seem to know. But then, there's stories where Conan is living among Picts! And, the story with the lion as a companion, where King Conan goes out at night to be a righter-of-wrongs in the dark streets of his kingdom. I'm not sure how I feel about that. That's not "Conan" either (though, I did enjoy the story, strictly from experiencing a fantasy adventure tale).
So far...neither. Closest we’ll have is Roy & Alan Davis’s POTBC prequel in SSOC 10-12 (I presume it’s three issues for trade purposes). Have no idea what the plans are for CTB after the current 12 issue arc is over, but it seems they’re just going to skip around like SSOC. An actual continuity for the moment doesn’t seem to be a priority, maybe it will develop.