Conan Vol. 7: Cimmeria

July 20, 2009 | Trades

Conan Vol. 7: Cimmeria
Timothy Truman, Tomas Giorello, Richard Corben, Jose Villarrubia
Dark Horse Books
$17.95 U.S. (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

He has carried his sword to the ends of the earth and seen monsters, magic and treasures beyond compare.

Now Conan is going home.

This first collection of the rebranded Conan the Cimmerian series opens with a gorgeous prologue that uses creator Robert E. Howard’s original 1932 poem, Cimmeria, alongside stirring visuals by artist Tomas Giorello to set the stage for the warrior’s trip to his ancient homeland.

The stories then take readers back and forth through time between the adventures of Conan’s grandfather, Connacht, the inspiration for the hero’s wanderings, and Conan’s trip back to his village and a meeting with Caollan, his first love.

Will the lure of a good woman and the comforts of home be enough to keep this great warrior from returning to his life of adventure? Is it time to settle down as his grandfather did years before?

Writer Tim Truman does a terrific job of simultaneously taking Conan back to his roots and blazing a trail for adventures to come in this pleasing blending of beauty and blood.

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