Conan: The Blood-Stained Crown and Other Stories

Conan: The Blood-Stained Crown and Other Stories

by Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza
     
 

Eisner Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Superman, Marvels) teams up with some of the best artists and writers in this collection of stand-alone stories from Conan. In "Helm," Busiek and Fabian Nicieza (X-Men, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) write and EC Comics legend John Severin draws the story of a certain very famous horned helm. Renowned comics and

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Eisner Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Superman, Marvels) teams up with some of the best artists and writers in this collection of stand-alone stories from Conan. In "Helm," Busiek and Fabian Nicieza (X-Men, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) write and EC Comics legend John Severin draws the story of a certain very famous horned helm. Renowned comics and animation artist Bruce Timm (Batman The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited) lends his styling to the darkly comic "Conan’s Favorite Joke." Current Conan writer and Conan and the Songs of the Dead artist Timothy Truman takes pencil in hand as the Cimmerian’s influence crosses generations in "Seeds of Empire" and "The Blood-Stained Crown." Eisner Award-winning Goon creator Eric Powell draws the poignant story of a young and unsung hero in "Storyteller," Dark Horse’s centennial tribute to Conan creator Robert E. Howard. And classic Savage Sword of Conan artist Rafael Kayanan returns to the world of Hyboria with "In the Tower of Tara-Teth," a gritty adventure set during the Cimmerian’s years as a mercenary and pirate.

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Library Journal

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.
—Steve Raiteri

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593078867
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
01/23/2008
Series:
Conan (Dark Horse) Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
750,548
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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