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Never reading Conan before, this was an interesting intro in his world. The story provides only a little background, but you are engrossed from the start. Right away, Conan's charisma makes you root for him. This character shows honor that a hero should have, especially when he helps the ship captain defend himself. Still, we see Conan's flaws when he puts others in danger to save himself. This looks like it will be an interesting source of character development in the future.
The one thing I didn't realize is that this is a remake of one of the original Conan stories. As it turns out, this is an adaptation of the Queen of the Black Coast story by Conan creator, Robert E. Howard. Once I had learned that, I judged it on a different scale. True, before I had known that I still enjoyed it, but afterwards, I spent more time looking at the layout and structure of the story. While reading it, I wondered why Wood had chosen to use a narrator for certain parts. Now I know that this was a great vehicle to translate the story to comics.
While I enjoyed the story, I loved the art. Through her work, Cloonan showed the energetic and lovable Conan. Her take on this character has replaced Schwarzenegger forever, in my mind at least. I also loved her take on Belit, the black queen. Without this character uttering a word, the art brought her to life for me.
|How can you not love that face?!|
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