Review – King Conan #1: The Phoenix On The Sword Part 1 of 4

Writer: Timothy Truman
Artist: Tomas Giorello
Color: Jose Villarrubia
Cover Art: Andrew Robinson

First hailing Conan as a liberator after he annihilated Aquilonia’s foes on the battlefield, common folk and politicians alike now rally to unseat the Cimmerian from his stolen throne. Conspirators plot to kill King Conan and take the crown for themselves…

A man walks to the entrance of a place but gets stopped by a guard who ask’s the young newcomer his reason of visit, the young man explains that he is a scribe who came to  the king. Walking in the garden, he see’s a few people gather around watching an elderly Conan sparring with some of his sentries, when Conan finish’s up and talks a drink of his homemade brew the scholar tells him how the councilor thinks it’s important for Conan to share stories of his reign for future generations to read about. As they walk in the garden, they come across a statue of the poet Rinaldo who Conan call’s a traitor and begins to speak of the story of when he was a scout for the Aquilonian’s and mentions how the kingdom was in turmoil. The people tired of their king’s tyrant ways started to over throw him which Conan found himself in the middle of, the madness which ended with him at the throne. As the years pass those he had jailed or outcast had begun to conspire  against him.

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A few  men gather around a single lit candle, Ascalante, Thoth-Amon the Wizard, Rinaldo and Baron Dion are discussing the last details of a plan to over throw the current king which is Conan. Once the meeting concludes, Ascalante and Thoth-Amon in the shadows of the night make way to their lair, Ascalante comments on how once the plan is complete only he would be left standing. An angry Thoth-Amon make’s comment about if his rival was to see how he’s became enslaved by a outlander/outlaw he would laugh, this leads to a mini confrontation ending with Thoth-Amon get punched in the face and Ascalante reminding him of the Sourthen Desert preist who holds his fate. Meanwhile, Conan and Prospero are discussing plans of their own, this leads to Conan saying how before the people he saved called him the liberator who saved them from the tyrant king they had before. Later they honored him by making statue’s of him in the Temple Of Mitra all because of Rinaldo and his songs contributing to latest up roar. He then shows Prospero a map of the neighboring lands of Asgard, the home of northern men who are fair, tall with blue eyes who believe in the god Ymir the frost giant they also drank and fought all day. The  Vanahem and Cimmerea his homeland. The issue ends with thoth-amon visiting Baron Dion…..

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King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword is writing as if Conan himself is telling the story, something fans familar with King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel issue’s should notice right away. Past characters of Robert E.  Howard’s The Phoenix On The Sword are once again featured in this adaptation. With solid writing by Timothy Truman, Tomas Giorello and Jose Villarrubia teaming up to bring this adventure to life visually, With that said King Conan#1 should be well received by fans…

Release Date: January 25, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

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Anthony Davis

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