Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sword And Sorcery Sunday: Conan: The Weight Of The Crown

GOOD THING: The base conceit of this book isn't very original (i.e. Conan is offered a position of rule years before he becomes King of Aquilonia) but it is well executed. And it does offer a delightful twist in that - for the most part - Conan is portrayed as the villain in another young hero's story.

BAD THING: Unfortunately, as gorgeous as the artwork is at times and as good as the text is, it does feel a bit confined by some of the page layouts. For every glorious poster-worthy splash page, there are half-a-dozen blocked-in pages where Darrick Robertson's eye for detail is lost in tiny panels.

The Final Verdict: A decent Conan story but it could have been so much more. I think it would have been better as a graphic novel rather than a one-shot comic. More pages and more space to tell this story would have kept the art and text from feeling as hemmed-in as it is.

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