Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews Conan Volume 7: Cimmeria by Timothy Truman, illustrated by Tomás Giorello, Richard Corben and José Villarrubia, from Dark Horse.

Timothy Truman Tomas Giorello Richard Corben Jose Villarrubia Cimmeria from Dark Horse

Of the entire Dark Horse run of original Conan graphic novels, Cimmeria (number 7) is perhaps the one with the thinnest grounding in Robert E. Howard’s stories—the entire basis for it is a mere sentence or two in the synopsis of Conan’s career—but it is as on-target as any of them with respect to the tone of Howard’s own work. Tim Truman has really managed to do justice to the legend.

Although collected from the individual issues of the ongoing Conan the Cimmerian comic book, this volume represents a well-integrated narrative, with a single story arc, or rather a double arc: Conan’s homecoming after his initial adventures outside Cimmeria is told in parallel with reminiscences about his grandfather Connacht’s travels. Art duties are divided on these lines between Giorello (Conan) and Corben (Connacht). Also included are some splendid pieces of art from the individual comics covers as drawn by Frank Cho.

Anyone interested approaching Conan in the comics medium for the first time could begin here quite profitably. And for those like me who have been reading Conan comics of one sort or another for decades, this book has a lot to offer that is both new, and also deeply reflective of the highest quality of what’s come before. [via]