Conan #8

October 4, 2004 | Comics


Conan #8
Kurt Busiek, Greg Ruth
Dark Horse Comics
$3.77/$2.99 US
**** (out of five)

Conan is the greatest warrior of the Hyborian age.
But you knew that.
What you may not know is that Dark Horse Comics’ new series of Conan adventures is one of the best-written and most exquisitely illustrated ongoing series in comics today.
Scripter Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Marvels) has been faithful to the original stories of Conan creator Robert E. Howard and has returned a measure of dignity to this long-standing character that was diminished by two ill-fated theatrical features starring a certain Austrian-American behemoth who now runs the state of California. The incredibly detailed pencils of regular artist Cary Nord — one of the nicest guys in the comic biz (he is Canadian after all) — have raised the level of his work to rival any of the biggest names in the industry.
After the end of the first major story arc, issue #8 brings us Born On The Battlefield, the first of six planned stories of Conan’s childhood, to run a fill-in issues over the next few years.
Busiek, along with extremely capable replacement artist Greg Ruth, gives readers a rare glimpse of the ancient hero’s upbringing — how he was a natural leader and a quick learner and how popularity and fame seldom comes without a price.

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