This beautiful book just keeps getting better. Timothy Truman continues to deliver a fast paced, true to the original, adaptation of a Robert E. Howard classic. When I first discovered that Truman was adapting a Conan tale, I rejoiced, thinking that he would be drawing it. Admittedly, I was a little disappointed when I realized that he was only writing it, but illustrator Tomás Giorello and colorist José Villarrubia, have quickly put that disappointment to rest.
Recounting two periods in Conan’s life, the transitions are seamless, and flow smoothly along. There is an abundance of characters, but Truman handles them quite nicely, causing the reader no confusion. He adds new levels of intrigue and double crossing to further the plot, and deftly handles a sentimental Conan with a sense of brooding regret, but no melancholy waa.
The greatness of the script is made all the more so by Giorello and Villarrubia’s gloriously rich art. Capturing both the dirt and grime of ancient brick and mortar, as well as the power and awe of mystical magic, every page is an engaging page turner, and compliments Truman’s script perfectly. This is a great addition to the Conan Mythos, and a true testament to Howard’s enduring legacy.
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