Comic Rack – Conan the Cimmerian #25

by Cap'n Carrot on December 2, 2010 · 2 comments

in Comics!

I’ve never been the biggest reader of fantasy. Although I’ll dabble from time to time I’m much rather to pick up a sci-fi novel than something dealing with witches, warlocks, barbarians, or elves. And it terms of comics I prefer my heroes clad in spandex rather than loincloths.

So even though I’m a fan of the first Conan film (let’s not talk about the second, okay?) I’ve haven’t spent much time reading Dark Horse Comics latest comic which wraps up with this final issue. Maybe I should have spent a little more time with the barbarian.

It’s far from great, but this issue is well told from the perspective of Conan’s companion Olivia as they journey through the jungle. Conan faces off against a “Great Ape” (and slices off its arm in true Skywalker fashion) before taking possession of a pirate ship and its crew. So.. the next comic is going to be Conan the Pirate? Now that I think about it, maybe I’ve given Conan just the right amount of attention. What can I say, I prefer my barbarians to have Mok sidekicks and fabulous Sun-Swords. Hit-and-Miss.

[Dark Horse $2.99]

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  • Al Harron

    This story arc was based on “Iron Shadows in the Moon,” first printed back in 1934. So while it isn’t one of the better Conan stories, in fact it’s one of the decidedly mediocre ones, one can’t base the Conan series in general upon the adaptation. Certainly Conan cut off the beastie’s arm before George Lucas was a gleam in his mammy’s eye: more of a Beowulf allusion than anything else.

    And what exactly is wrong with Conan the Pirate? This is leading into “Queen of the Black Coast,” where Conan becomes – a pirate. This is all from the original stories from the 1930s.

    • Cap’n Carrot

      I do realize the story was based on one of Robert E. Howard’s original tales, and will agree it’s far from his best, but the Star Wars quip was simply too easy to resist.

      As for “Conan the Pirate” I can’t even type the phrase without giggling. Sorry, I guess I prefer my barbarian firmly on terra firma instead of the high seas (but I’ll admit my perspective is limited, as only a casual Conan reader I haven’t read any of those sea fairing tales).

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