REVIEW: Conan the Barbarian #1

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Today sees the release of the first issue of the latest Conan the Barbarian title from Dark Horse Comics. The new series from writer Brian Wood and artist Becky Cloonan is an adaptation of the Robert E. Howard short story, Queen of the Black Coast. Originally published in the magazine Weird Tales in 1934, the new comic series (Volume 3 from Dark Horse) will expand on the original story and will run through 2014.

Spoilers for Conan the Barbarian #1 will follow.

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REVIEW: Conan The Barbarian

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 If ever there was a movie that was basically review proof, it’s Conan The Barbarian. The title spells out the concept very clearly. Either it appeals to you or it does not. And if it does, then I promise you that Marcus Nispel’s Conan film pulls no punches and delivers some hardcore barbarian action complete with countless beheadings and (as they’re credited on IMDB) plenty of “topless wenches.”

The film’s opening moments are slightly awkward as we experience a series of prologues including a voice over that introduces us to some of the sinister history of Hyboria, followed by Conan’s birth in the midst of battle, and finally his emergence as a warrior as a young teen and the murder of his father. From that moment forward, the film places a laser tight focus on the adult Conan, played by Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), and his quest for revenge against his father’s killer.

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