King Conan #1
Written by Timothy Truman
Art by Tomas Giorello
Colors by Jose Villarrubia
Lettered by Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Cover by Gerald Parel
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 29, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50
King Conan #1 is, well, charming. I’m afraid that’s the only way I can describe it. Yes, it has the usual Conan trademarks in it: sorcery, swords, fighting, blood, betrayal, and all those things, but at its heart, it’s just a charming comic book.
Writer Tim Truman puts together a great tale set many years later in Conan’s life. But, in classic Truman style, this is just the framing sequence for the REAL story that he’s telling. One of how Conan met his first wife, who would later become his first Queen. And that’s when the fun starts. Again, he throws everything that you’d expect and want in a Conan story, and actually, some pretty nice swerves and surprises. There was a couple of places that I got lost in the story, but that was only for about half a page at most at a time, then Truman comes right back in and tell the ready “Hey, look! Here’s where you are!” which is great. This is the kind of comic that you’ll probably want to read more than once, just to get every detail that you can out of it. This is one of Truman’s best Conan stories in years, and it’s just the opening chapter.
On art chores is Tomas Giorello, who is, in my opinion, one of the best Conan artists around, past or present. Add to him, the legendary colorist Jose Villarrubia, and you’ve got yourself one sweet looking book! Giorello’s art is fantastic from first page to last, and he’s really consistent whether he’s drawing adult Conan or super old Conan.
I know a lot of people wait for the trade when it comes to Conan, but I’m telling you not too with this series. It’s gripping, entertaining, a whole lot of fun, and yes, charming. Pick it up!