Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur

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P. Craig Russell, the artist best known for adapting literary works to comics, applies his legendary talents to Conan in this adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "The Jewels of Gwahlur," one of Conan's last adventures before becoming king.
A young woman, having made a string of bad choices, finds herself the pawn of mercenaries-one of which is Conan of Cimmeria. As the former dancing girl poses as the dead oracle of a primitive cult, Conan puts his experience as a thief and a ...

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Overview

P. Craig Russell, the artist best known for adapting literary works to comics, applies his legendary talents to Conan in this adaptation of Robert E. Howard's "The Jewels of Gwahlur," one of Conan's last adventures before becoming king.
A young woman, having made a string of bad choices, finds herself the pawn of mercenaries-one of which is Conan of Cimmeria. As the former dancing girl poses as the dead oracle of a primitive cult, Conan puts his experience as a thief and a soldier together in pursuit of some of the most prized jewels in the world-the Teeth of Gwahlur!
Featuring a sixteen-page sketchbook and an interview with Russell covering his career and creative process on this book, this handsome book not only highlights one of fantasy art's greatest living talents, it shows once again that Howard's original Conan tales remain unsurpassed.

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Publishers Weekly
The latest in the many tales of Conan kicks off with his mercenary side, as he sets out to steal the Jewels of Gwahlur. The story starts slowly-too slowly, in fact. The only thing to hold a non-diehard Conan fan's attention in the first 25 pages is the art-Russell is an acknowledged master and his work here approaches the best in fantasy comics art. Conan sneaks into the palace of Alkmeenon, only to find the slave-girl Muriela impersonating the oracle of the dead queen Yelena. Together they try to trick the priests out of the jewels, but only after Muriela is kidnapped does the story get interesting. Russell's strong point is that he's content to leave certain things-the demon servants of the priests, the jewels themselves, the magic preservation of a corpse-as mysteries. In some ways, Conan resembles old, old travel writing, albeit travel writing to a fantastic world: it chronicles rather than explains. The plot gets fun at the end, hinging on character, not action. Despite their loincloths and metal bras, the characters are fully -formed, and Russell's art is always worth savoring. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Master adapter Russell (Neil Gaiman's Murder Mysteries; Elric: Stormbringer) here turns his hand to Howard's famous swordsman, Conan, and the results are, as usual for Russell, exceptional. This hardcover reprints a three-issue miniseries adapting Howard's short story "The Jewels of Gwahlur," which finds Conan training the armies of the kingdom of Keshan as cover for his pursuit of the Teeth of Gwahlur, a legendary cache of jewels he intends to steal. In a deserted palace in the ancient capital of Alkmeenon, protected from the surrounding jungle by a ring of cliffs, Conan searches for the treasure and finds intrigue, mystery, danger, and a mysterious and beautiful young woman who claims to be a goddess. Russell's marvelous artwork features his trademark decorative settings and a lean, Tarzan-like portrayal of Conan that stands in contrast to other, overmuscled depictions. The excellent coloring by Russell's longtime collaborator Lovern Kindzierski is vivid and bold. A sketchbook and interview section features some bits of previous Conan art by Russell and comments on the adaptation process. With some explicit gore, this is recommended for older teen and adult fans of heroic fantasy, as well as followers of Russell's work. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593074913
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 12/21/2005
  • Series: Conan (Dark Horse) Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,097,771
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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