Wednesday, December 29, 2010

One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About Robert Howard's Savage Sword #1

GOOD THING: You get a lot of value for your dollar with this book. 80 pages for $8.00, relatively free of ads. What's more you get a wide sampling of stories inspired by Robert Howard's work. Including, naturally, the first part of a Conan story. But there's also a tale of Dark Agnes, a historical heroine who may have had as much a hand in inspiring the comic book version of Red Sonja as Howard's Red Sonya character.

BAD THING: For a book with such variety there seems to be little content. Most of the 80 pages are taken up by Roy Thomas' tale of Bran Mak Morn and this is the only one of the five stories that feels like a complete tale. Of course two of the stories (Conan and Dark Agnes) are not complete tales, being the first half of a bigger story. And the John Silent story is fairly short, as is the text-based introduction to El Borak.

The Final Verdict: An enjoyable first issue that gives you tremendous value for your money. Great stories with great art throughout. My one complaint is that the book might benefit from being made up entirely of chapters to larger stories (ala the Conan and Dark Anges tales) or two larger, complete stories ala the Bran Mak Morn story penned by Roy Thomas. Just a thought.

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