Comic Review: King Conan #1 (Dark Horse)

King Conan #1… Oops! I mean Thor. I mean The Mummy. I mean Troy. I am a huge fan of any media set in a different world. Movies like the […]

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King Conan #1… Oops! I mean Thor. I mean The Mummy. I mean Troy.

I am a huge fan of any media set in a different world. Movies like the Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. In my teens, I loved the Conan films as portrayed by the great Arnold Shwarzennegar. In those movies you always had the same wizard narrating the story along, which they actually utilized a narrator for this comic as well. It brought joy to my heart to hear that old man’s voice once more telling the tales and adventures of Conan.

For the most part I enjoyed this book based on all of the reasons above. The story, Truman, was intriguing and yet very basic. Old man reflects on past life and love. The art was also basic yet enjoyable, Giorello and Villarubia. I cannot complain too much about either of these two major components of a comic book. The one thing I can complain about was the relationship of the plot line to many different recent films. The beginning felt a lot like a Thor scene from the first feature film released in 2011. The aged Conan looked like Thor’s father, Odin. A few panels later and it merges into a seen from The Mummy, 1999, where Brenden Fraiser helps to release one from the grave. A few pages later their is a conversation between Conan and his fellow soldiers. A few mishaps down the road, and someone has to pretend to be Conan so that the soldiers would still fight. This plot sounds a lot like the feature film Troy starring Brad Pitt.

All in all, I enjoyed the book. However, too many things reminded me of something else that I have seen. Nothing “new” popped out at me.

I give this Three “BY CROMS” out of Five.

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