Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sword And Sorcery Sunday: Conan The Cimmerian #17

Since all of the sword-and-sorcery comics I subscribe to came out within the last two weeks, I hearby declare this Sword and Sorcery Sunday! Look for reviews of a magical bend throughout the day.

GOOD THING: Truman continues the frame-story from last issue with another frame story. This with Conan thinking back of how he lost his position of command after a failed attempt to rescue his liege mistress' brother, shortly after encountering scavengers working over the body of one of his fellow soldiers.

BAD THING: While the story is full of action - and I appreciated the use of some old characters from the Kurt Busiek run - it's a little unbelievable that the Princess Yasmela (one of Robert E. Howard's weaker heroines) would independently turn against Conan as quickly as she seems to in this story.

It's also a little unbelievable that she would give Conan permission to attempt a rescue of her brother without giving him something as basic as a description of what said brother looks like...

The Final Verdict: Despite a minor case of the character being bent to serve the plot, still a ripping yarn worthy of Robert Howard himself.

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