King Conan: The Conqueror #1
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King Conan: The Conqueror #1

Writer: Timothy Truman Artist: Tomas Giorello Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 2
8.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

In the port city of Messantia, the deposed, fugitive Conan could uncover the key to regaining his throne—or he could get a knife in the back! Conan follows a lead to a lost relic, revisits an old friend, and finds that he’s not alone in his risky hunt for a missing, magical gem.

  • 10
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Feb 26, 2014

    King Conan: The Conqueror #1 is a very solid start to a series that portrays Conan in the most enjoyable light I've seen in a while. I loved everything about the tone set through the recounting of the tale to the way the story unfolded as well as the setting it took place in. And the pacing was perfect as there was enough action worthy of a Conan issue but enough story development to keep the tale moving forward and fully engrossing. And after this issue I have high expectations for the rest of the series and with everything set in motion I believe it can live up to them easily. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 4, 2014

    It's a terrific, red-blooded, no-holds-barred saga, brought to life by one of the best creative teams in the business. You really should be buying this comic - it's terrific! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Mar 31, 2014

    Overall, this was quite a good comic, and I'm definitely on board for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Mark Pritchard Feb 26, 2014

    King Conan the Conqueror #1 is a book that will probably only be enjoyed by those who are already big fans of the character Conan the Barbarian. It's such a shame as this book deserves an audience as large as the big name Marvel and DC comics that in all honesty are nowhere near as good, both in terms of character portrayals, artwork, story and the raw, visceral impact that this book is delivering. This is a book that roars. It's roaring now at all of the inferior books out there. It's roaring at all of the comic book readers as well, but how many of them will hear the roar and decide to investigate what is going on for themselves? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Feb 27, 2014

    King Conan: The Conqueror #1 is a triumph of execution, that places worthwhile odds within our hero's epic quest. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Feb 27, 2014

    This book is dirty, nasty, gritty, and quite possibly the best Conan book Dark Horse Comics has ever put out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Mig-El Mar 3, 2014

    Timothy Truman's adaptation is spot on. Conan is down but not out. He's about to show the world that you can take the Cimmerian out of the woods but you can't take the unquenchable thirst for conquest and revenge out of the Cimmerian. Conan may think he's closing in on the Heart of Ahriman but he still has a long way to go and a lot of skulls to crack before he's ready to retake Aquilonia. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman Feb 25, 2014

    The artwork of Tomas Giorello is very detailed and keeps the pace the story has set nicely. The environments are detailed and very much alive on page, and the characters are portrayed with emotion and movement. There are a few fight scene pages that truly leap off the page and show just how visceral and brutal the movement and violence of a fight with Conan would actually be like. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Feb 26, 2014

    Bottom line here: this was an amazing issue of King Conan: The Conqueror at a time when I thought I was legitimately done with this character and everything surrounding him. This comic really makes me remember what it was that originally drew me to the Barbarian. The sense of fun, larger than life gonzo action, imaginative storytelling, and a kind of high fantasy approach that's grounded in big characters and 80s machismo that's just infectiously delicious; highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Feb 26, 2014

    This story arc has everything working in its favor. It has a well-known character. It is based from a popular (maybe one of the most popular) stories from Robert E. Howard himself. It has the backing of Dark Horse Comics, it has capable writing, and it has phenomenal art. Everything is there. It just hasn't quite fallen into place as of yet I am afraid. I am looking forward to seeing where it will go though. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 26, 2014

    Almost, but not quite. The action sequence is great and keeps your attention, but so much of this book is going to be recapped in a single panel next issue you might as well not bother. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Craig Schroeder Mar 19, 2014

    Unlike a boring video game cut scene, King Conan has no option to skip the junk and get to the goods. Furthermore, there are no speakable goods to get to. Of course, its only Issue 1 and an entire comic series cant be defined by its premier issue. But the job of Issue 1 is to get me interested enough to buy Issue 2, and, unfortunately, King Conan did not succeed in that regard. Read Full Review

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