King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #1

King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #1

Writer: Timothy Truman Artist: Tomas Giorello Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 29, 2013 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 14
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An imprisoned King Conan battles a forgotten evil!

King Conan has faced many threats to his throne in Aquilonia—but none more deadly than a traitorous alliance backed by the resurrected sorcerer Xaltotun, at whose command mountains crumble!

Adapts Robert E. Howard’s only Conan novel in two six-issue miniseries!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson May 27, 2013

    After a long, long wait, The Hour of the Dragon has come. And it does not disappoint. Robert E. Howard's only Conan novel adapted by the team who have been making the finest Conan comics for their generation -- King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon is a masterwork. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Florida Geek Scene - IHAVEYOURSHIT May 29, 2013

    If this is your first time reading a Conan comic you fall in love with them here. This is your bar met if you haven't kept up in decades. This comic makes falling in love with Conan again easy as pie. I was gonna drop the f-bomb but I wanna make it clear, its magic. The "i dare you" kind. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal May 30, 2013

    I don't care for the tone of the regular Conan series and was happy to see veteran writer Timothy Truman return to a more visceral take on the material. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 3, 2013

    So if you're a Conan fan, it's a great time to follow the adventures of that character - you can enjoy something different, or a terrific version of the classic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Leroy Douresseaux May 26, 2013

    King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #1 Advanced comics review By Leroy Douresseaux May 26, 2013 - 10:33 King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #1 cover image Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski May 31, 2013

    In some ways, sword-and-sorcery is as relevant as ever. As modern fans of visual storytelling in a variety of media come to discover a new appreciation for fantasy and fantasy-based dramatic machinations, there is no doubt that Conan will continue to maintain his throne among them. Books like “King Conan” endure because they find ways to stay relevant and satiate fans who like to see reinterpretations of classic stories. With a sense of comic book storytelling that is an expert mix of modern and vintage, “The Hour of the Dragon” satisfies the every need of “Conan” fans of any era. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin May 29, 2013

    King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #1 is a release that has some missteps here and there but it still earns a high marks and a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith May 29, 2013

    An elegantly illustrated first issue, in what will amount to an even dozen before the inspirational novel is fully adapted, King Conan is off to a well-honed start that is likely to please long-time fans of the genre and the legend of the Barbarian. Results for the casual reader may vary, but theres no question theres enough beauty amidst the panels in these pages to please almost anyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Connor Russell May 29, 2013

    This book has done everything that an issue one should do, especially issue ones for arcs or mini-series in an already established franchise. They are meant to hook new readers and share what we are missing out on. This book has made me want to check out more Conan; in fact I may go buy a collection soon. Seriously, check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie May 29, 2013

    Overall, there isn't much to criticize about this first issue of King Conan: The House of the Dragon, providing one is looking for a more traditional Robert E. Howard Conan story; yet it does not do much to add to the existing field of fantasy comics or literature nor does it really push any boundaries of the genre. Still, readers will find this is an excellent adaptation of an older source, which has gone on to provide a significant influence on the fantasy genre of today, and a book doesn't need to push boundaries or break new ground to be a fun read. Fans looking to enjoy a good, old-fashioned swords and sorcery story will certainly not want to miss out on this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Ian Gowan Jun 3, 2013

    A King Conan comic by Truman and Giorello is really like your favorite rock band playing one of their classic tunes live. Theyre giving the fans what they want, and seem more than happy to oblige. This is the third King Conan series from the duo at Dark Horse Comics. Truman also has written twenty-five issues of Conan the Cimmerian, with Giorello on art duties for most of those issues. This comic book team is very confident with what theyre doing on the Conan property and it shows on the comic book page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 29, 2013

    Of course the mythical aspects of Conan are on display here for all to see. If you want to be transported to another time and place you can't go wrong with this issue. That said, we're reviewing a single issue here, and I can't say it's a perfect read from beginning to end because its strengths require you to read at least another issue in this six part series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Nat Webb May 31, 2013

    Overall, "King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon" looks like it will be a worthy addition to Dark Horse's Conan line, which has been of almost universally high quality over the last decade. Conan fans, both of the comics and the stories, will find it very familiar, and that perhaps is its key weakness-- Truman and Giorello never take chances with the stories they tell, and have never strayed from the careful formula that has worked so well for them. Perhaps that's not such a bad thing, but it would be interesting to see a more daring take on the character whose tales have been told and retold for three quarters of a century. Nevertheless, Truman and Giorello know their stuff, and Conan fans won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 1, 2013

    Apparently the adaptation is to be completed in two separate mini-series. This first mini-series seems to be covering an awful lot of the source material. It will be interesting to see where this series evolves in the next issue or two. Either way this is a great glimpse into the distant future of the character as told by a very old, but still physically impressive Conan. I recommend giving this a chance. Read Full Review

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