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My interest in reading a”Conan The Barbarian” comic is right around zero (despite secretly being a fan of the movies). However, when you tell me that comic is going to be written by Brian Wood and drawn by Becky Cloonan, I suddenly have a completely

My interest in reading a”Conan The Barbarian” comic is right around zero (despite secretly being a fan of the movies). However, when you tell me that comic is going to be written by Brian Wood and drawn by Becky Cloonan, I suddenly have a completely different idea of what that Conan The Barbarian story might be like. I was not disappointed.

In this first issue we meet Conan mid-escape, as he heads to the coast and hops aboard a ship against the captain’s will. But in no time he’s made them his best friends and pledged to defend them so long as he’s aboard. The captain regales him with tales of BÄ“lit, Queen of The Black Coast, and Conan is immediately drawn to the stories. By the end of the issue, Conan has met the Queen herself, and it’s had a profound effect on him.

Dave Stewart’s colors are perfect. He drenches his scenes in evocative moody colors — a nearly monochromatic blue as characters talk late at night while at sea; dreamlike purples as Conan “meets” BÄ“lit; warm browns and golds for daytime on land.

"Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars... Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet."

It is believed that Conan's tribe, the Cimmerians, migrated east from Atlantis sometime before its destruction. There is even speculation that Conan is a descendant of King Kull himself, though this has never been confirmed. Even if true, the two are separated by thousands of years, and there is no indication that Conan was ever aware of such a link.

Conan was born on a carnage-strewn battlefield in the hills of the western most region of Cimmeria where his tribe was involved in a border skirmish with a rival tribe called the Vanir. Conan's father, Conaldar , and the other members of the tribe encircled Fialla , his mother, to protect her while she was giving birth to Conan. The fact that he was born on a battlefield was considered, amongst the Cimmerians, to be an omen that Conan would grow up to be a great warrior one day.

Conan the Barbarian is not your typical Marvel Comics superhero. There is some question about whether he should be called a superhero at all, since he has no "super powers" and wears no costume.

His adventures take place in a place (presumably in Europe or somewhere like it) and time (the unspecified distant past) that is completely unconnected to the rest of the Marvel Universe. Conan, in other words, is self-contained.

Roy Thomas was, by 1970, becoming more important at Marvel. He received many letters from readers asking for comic adaptations of classic fantasy novels. Of course, that list would include Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan, Doc Savage, and Conan. 

My interest in reading a”Conan The Barbarian” comic is right around zero (despite secretly being a fan of the movies). However, when you tell me that comic is going to be written by Brian Wood and drawn by Becky Cloonan, I suddenly have a completely different idea of what that Conan The Barbarian story might be like. I was not disappointed.

In this first issue we meet Conan mid-escape, as he heads to the coast and hops aboard a ship against the captain’s will. But in no time he’s made them his best friends and pledged to defend them so long as he’s aboard. The captain regales him with tales of BÄ“lit, Queen of The Black Coast, and Conan is immediately drawn to the stories. By the end of the issue, Conan has met the Queen herself, and it’s had a profound effect on him.

Dave Stewart’s colors are perfect. He drenches his scenes in evocative moody colors — a nearly monochromatic blue as characters talk late at night while at sea; dreamlike purples as Conan “meets” BÄ“lit; warm browns and golds for daytime on land.

"Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars... Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet."

It is believed that Conan's tribe, the Cimmerians, migrated east from Atlantis sometime before its destruction. There is even speculation that Conan is a descendant of King Kull himself, though this has never been confirmed. Even if true, the two are separated by thousands of years, and there is no indication that Conan was ever aware of such a link.

Conan was born on a carnage-strewn battlefield in the hills of the western most region of Cimmeria where his tribe was involved in a border skirmish with a rival tribe called the Vanir. Conan's father, Conaldar , and the other members of the tribe encircled Fialla , his mother, to protect her while she was giving birth to Conan. The fact that he was born on a battlefield was considered, amongst the Cimmerians, to be an omen that Conan would grow up to be a great warrior one day.

My interest in reading a”Conan The Barbarian” comic is right around zero (despite secretly being a fan of the movies). However, when you tell me that comic is going to be written by Brian Wood and drawn by Becky Cloonan, I suddenly have a completely different idea of what that Conan The Barbarian story might be like. I was not disappointed.

In this first issue we meet Conan mid-escape, as he heads to the coast and hops aboard a ship against the captain’s will. But in no time he’s made them his best friends and pledged to defend them so long as he’s aboard. The captain regales him with tales of BÄ“lit, Queen of The Black Coast, and Conan is immediately drawn to the stories. By the end of the issue, Conan has met the Queen herself, and it’s had a profound effect on him.

Dave Stewart’s colors are perfect. He drenches his scenes in evocative moody colors — a nearly monochromatic blue as characters talk late at night while at sea; dreamlike purples as Conan “meets” BÄ“lit; warm browns and golds for daytime on land.

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