Friday, January 22, 2010

One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About Barack The Barbarian: The Fall of Red Sarah

GOOD THING: The entirely black-and-white (save for the red of Red Sarah's hair) artwork gives this book the look of one of the old Savage Sword of Conan stories - a mood which suits it much better than the artwork of the previous Barack the Barbarian series.

BAD THING: This may well be the worst pun I've ever read in my life. And I read damn near every one of the Xanth books as a teenager.

The Final Verdict: Far superior to the original series, in terms of art and story. The art is mostly black-and-white in the tradition of Savage Sword of Conan and the story is far more topical, with Barack battling the demons and corrupt healers behind the destruction of one city's health. My one complaint is that Red Sarah has almost nothing to do with the story and she doesn't really fall as such. I suppose they need to leave room for the next one, though...

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