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: Tom Morello’s Orchid #1

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Today sees the release of Dark Horse Comics’ Orchid written by Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave/The Nightwatchman. We received an advance copy of the book from Dark Horse, but copies on the shelves will include access to Nightwatchman music to accompany the book. The writer of the book being best known for his guitar work should have been a warning that trouble was on the horizon, but he’s always come across as a very intelligent guy so I held out hope for this series when I heard about it. Unfortunately, the writing turns out to have a very amateur feel to it.

Spoilers for Orchid #1 will follow.

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