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This latest collection drawn from Dark Horse's ongoing full-color Conan series includes a variety of fine, offbeat stand-alone stories illustrated by artists other than series regular Cary Nord, including some in which Robert E. Howard's famous barbarian swordsman is only a secondary presence. In "Storyteller," drawn by Eric Powell (The Goon), a village dreamer who relates tales of adventurers to unbelieving audiences gets his own chance for heroism. Timothy Truman draws a two-parter in which a royal advisor tries to influence a prince by rewriting one of the ancient tales of Conan that the prince has become fascinated with. Veteran Marvel Comics Conan artist Rafael Kayanan illustrates a vivid tale in which Conan and the formidable swordswoman Janissa separately battle against undead hordes for the same prize. John Severin, whose career stretches back to 1950s EC Comics (and a well-regarded run on Marvel's 1970s series featuring another Howard character, King Kull), brings his gritty realism to a story of Conan's lost horned helmet passing from owner to owner. Finally, Bruce Timm (Batman Adventures: Mad Love) draws a vignette revealing Conan's sense of humor. With minor nudity and some gore, this is recommended for older teen and adult heroic-fantasy fans.