Friday, March 18, 2011

One Good Thing And One Bad Thing About Conan: The Road Of Kings #3

GOOD THING: This is easily the best single Conan story I've seen in a while. The art problems in past issues with Conan's profile changing from panel to panel are absent. Story-wise, there's a perfect mix of treacherous drama and dark comedy, coupled with the high adventure you'd expect in a Conan tale. And for you Howard purists who don't like pastiches, know that this story draws heavily upon REH's own Rogues In The House and seems like a natural sequel to that tale, as Conan calls upon an old partner in crime.

BAD THING: Much as I do love the sight of a buxom redhead, this opening page seems a bit gratuitous. Also... "shake those things?" Really Roy? You couldn't have thought of some bit of acceptable language or slang to use here?

The Final Verdict: Easily the best single-issue Conan story in some time. This is a fine issue to jump in on, even though it is a part of a larger epic. They don't make them like this anymore and more is the pity.

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